Think Local aims to be a one-stop shop for local food and drink producers, foodie fanatics and food retailers, with all the information needed to buy, sell and produce amazing food and drink in Scotland.
We are a Scottish Government funded project, and our aim is to develop a commercial and sustainable local food and drink sector in Scotland, on a regional basis. Our work will include developing new local food networks, creating signature food events, and providing new support for farmers markets.
Scotland has an outstanding natural larder, and some equally outstanding food and drink producers making a name for themselves and their products on a national scale. The Year of Food and Drink 2015 will celebrate the role that food and drink plays in shaping our economic success in a year of brilliant food moments.
As part of this exciting year, Think Local will be promoting a series of themed months throughout the year, to generate interest and opportunities for key areas of Scotland's food and drink industries.
The themes are as follows:
- April: Award-winning Food
- May: Whisky Month
- June: The Future of Food
- July: Summer Berries & Fruits
- August: Delicious Dairy
- September: Celebration / Farmers' Markets
- October: Sustainable Shores
- November: Hearty & Heartwarming
- December: Grand Finale / Farm Shops
The Community Food Fund, administered by Think Local, is financed by The Scottish Government and has been created to promote local food and drink.
The Community Food Fund will be delivered over three years and will be available to:
- support development of local food networks
- support communities to run local food events
- target specifically communities attempting to tackle deprivation
- deliver training and development
- develop farmer’s markets and farm retail opportunities.
The Think Local team are also working with a number of producer groups to process an application for Protected Food Name (PFN) status. The EU Protected Food Name schemes provide a system for the protection of food names on a geographical or traditional recipe basis.
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