Organisers of the Highlands’ biggest birthday party are savouring a slice of funding that will help them serve up a tasty event.
Grantown 250, the Strathspey Seven Festivals, has received £6000 from the Community Food Fund (CFF) to help them host the Regality Food Fair as part of a week-long celebration of the town’s 250th anniversary.
As part of the Scottish Government funded three-year Think Local Project, the CFF supports projects and events around Scotland that encourage people to appreciate and access local produce.
Food Fair organiser Bill Sadler said: “We are delighted to receive this boost in funds for the Regality Food Fair which will showcase the range and diversity of food and drink in the area and how it has evolved over the past 250 years. The Community Food Fund’s criteria was a good match for our event which will focus very heavily on local produce.”
Twenty four food and drink initiatives around Scotland benefited from grants totalling £135,820 from the latest round of Community Food Fund (CFF) applications, the largest sum given out so far by the CFF.
Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead said: “I’m delighted to confirm that more local food and drink initiatives are benefiting from this latest round of Community Food Fund awards. This is the most money ever given out in a single round of CFF awards – taking the total amount of funding awarded to £739,476, distributed among 109 initiatives.
“We had 39 applications overall during this funding phase – the most we’ve had since CFF began – which is extremely encouraging as it shows more communities are working towards getting access to, and enjoying, the fresh, seasonal, nutritious, and local food and drink we produce here in Scotland.
“During the Year of Food and Drink it is particularly essential that people take advantage of our fantastic natural larder in order to achieve our ambition of becoming a Good Food Nation. Congratulations to all initiatives that have received an award in this round.”
The Regality Food Fair takes place on Wednesday 24 June from 11am to 4pm. More details are available from www.grantown250.org