Scotland’s abundant natural larder is amazing, from Stornoway Black Pudding, Aberdeen Angus Beef, Highland Wagu from Perthshire, Arbroath Smokies, Shetland Salmon and of course our delicious rasperberries, all washed down with our amazing Whisky’s.
This trail guide is a perfect guide for foodies, whether its a whisky trail or chocolate trail you will find the best here. Food and drink scotland
You can also check out all our excellence awards here. Excellence awards So don’t just take my word for it, come visit, come eat, come drink, come have some fun!
I Love my Homeland, I love the scenery, I love the places, I love the people but most of all I love our homegrown produce and our ever growing excellence in small businesses, here are a couple of more awards and successful business owners.
Halloween Season has been and gone……but if you are like me and just love everything spooky, have a read at this article, it has everything from Myths and Legends to Ghosts around Scotland. Why don’t you come visit some of them some time?
Scotland’s 2015 Year of Food and Drink appears to have contributed to a 7 per cent spike in visitor numbers.
Two thirds (66 per cent) of overseas and domestic visitors credited the quality of food as an important factor for their choice of destination in Scotland, according to figures published by the Office of National Statistics and VisitScotland.
Last year alone, more than 1,000 tourism businesses received the Taste Our Best accreditation, recognising quality food of Scottish provenance.
Visitor numbers in the colder months rose from 4.7 million trips between October 2008 and March 2009 to 5.7 million in the same period in 2014-15, with the industry adapting accordingly.
Analysis from the Scottish Government in 2015 found the food and drink sector enjoyed a £550 million rise in turnover year on year and a staggering 24 per cent increase since 2008.
This means the sector is on track to meet the a turnover target of £16.5 billion by 2017.
Tourism minister Fergus Ewing said: “The Scottish tourism industry has finished 2015 on a high. Bolstered by a hugely successful Year of Food and Drink, businesses have continued to build on past successes, increasing the number of visitors from Europe, America and from crucial domestic markets.
Happy New Year to everyone and here’s for another great Food & Drink year in 2016!
To say that food and drink is at the very heart of Scotland would be an understatement. More than just a night out, Scottish food and drink is the very lifeblood of Scotland’s the country’s fabric, culture and economy.
With our rolling, rural hillsides, clear coastal waters and lush, fertile lands, Scotland produces some of the best, and most sought after, natural produce in the world.
From mouth-watering Aberdeen Angus steaks, to world-renowned sea-food such as wild trout, salmon, oysters and langoustines, not to mention our water of life – whisky – the Made in Scotland stamp has become synonymous with taste and quality. Even our cheese gives the French a run for their money!
Our natural larder
Scottish producers now grow 3,200 tonnes of raspberries and 21,500 tonnes of strawberries each year. Beef is worth more than £569m per year which is more than fruit, dairy and poultry combined.
Scotland’s 16,000km coastline is home to thousands of species of fish and shellfish. In 2010, exports of fish accounted for over 59% of total exports in Scotland. Exports of fresh Scottish salmon alone in 2011 were valued at £341m. Scottish lobsters are currently used in over 20 Michelin starred restaurants in Tokyo.
1,118 million eggs are produced annually, as well as 1,092 million litres of milk. There are more than two dozen cheese-makers across Scotland, ranging from large Cheddar creameries to smaller artisan and farmhouse cheese-makers. Scottish Cheddar accounts for 70-80% of total output and the main creameries are located at Locherbie, Stranraer and Campbeltown and on the islands of Bute, Arran, Islay, Mull, Gigha and Orkney.
Between January and June 2011 global shipments of Scotch whisky reached £1.8 billion, up 22% compared to the first half of 2010.
Scotland is famous for naturally healthy oat-based products such as porridge and oatcakes – the latter being first produced as far back as the 14th century when Scottish soldiers would carry a sack of oatmeal which they would moisten and heat on a metal plate over a fire when they were hungry. Today, they are commonly enjoyed as an accompaniment to soups, or after dinner with cheese and chutney.
Scotland’s national dish, haggis, is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices and salt, traditionally encased in the sheep’s stomach, although nowadays most haggis is prepared in a sausage casing. It is traditionally served with neeps and tatties (turnip and potato), particularly when served as part of a Burns supper. However, haggis is also enjoyed all year round with other accompaniments such as black pudding.
Tablet is a medium-hard sugary sweet made from sugar, condensed milk, butter and vanilla essence, boiled to a soft-ball stage and allowed to crystallise. It dates back to the early 18th century.
Did you know?
Scottish food and drink exports hit a record high of £5.4bn in 2011.
Last year, the manufacture of Scottish food products and beverages accounted for 29% of all international manufacturing exports.
55 countries around the world imported fresh Scottish salmon in 2009.
Scottish farmed salmon has held the French Government’s top quality award, Label Rouge, for the past 19 years. It was the first non-French food to receive this accolade.
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