Getting a taste for Year of food and Drink

Riddell Graham, VisitScotland's Director of Partnerships, is pictured with star of the BBC TV series Trawlermen, Jimmy Buchan, also skipper of the Amity II in Peterhead.
Riddell Graham, VisitScotland's Director of Partnerships, is pictured with star of the BBC TV series Trawlermen, Jimmy Buchan, also skipper of the Amity II in Peterhead.

More than 50 delegates from the food and drink industry sampled local produce at an evening reception to launch Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink in Aberdeen last week.

The event, which was held in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and Scottish Enterprise, offered an opportunity for people connected to the food and drink industry regionally to network with key contacts from both the tourism and food and drink industries, while looking ahead to the opportunities presented to Aberdeen City and Shire by the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015.

A number of local food and drink providers showcased their produce at the event

Philip Smith, VisitScotland regional director, said: “This was a very successful networking event and a great way to launch Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink in this region.

Head of economic development at Aberdeenshire Council, Belinda Miller, said: “The North-east of Scotland is home to some of the most exciting food and drink producers in the country and their products show how local companies are responding to the market, modern food trends and aspiring to produce quality food and drink”

Speakers at the event included Riddell Graham, Director of Partnerships at VisitScotland and Deputy Provost of Aberdeenshire, Councillor Norman Smith.

Among the delegates this year was Amity Fish Co Ltd, owned by Peterhead skipper and Trawlerman star Jimmy Buchan.