Food fund puts cash on the table for Grantown 250


Regality Food Fair – Grantown 250
Time for food – festivals organiser Bill Sadler (left) and treasurer Peter Holland welcome a £6000 cash boost for the Regality Food Fair.

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


Sponsors sought for Grantown’s big birthday party

Bill Sadler, Grantown 250
Bill Sadler hopes local businesses will help sponsor Grantown 250.
Picture: Marc Hindley/Chit Chat PR

Businesses are being offered the chance to sponsor an eight-day event which will bring music, dance, history, sport and culture to a local town.

Grantown 250 – The Strathspey Seven is seven festivals rolled into one and will take place in June.

And the organisers are offering the opportunity for businesses to get involved to support the celebration which is being held to mark the 250th birthday of Grantown-On-Spey.

Bill Sadler who is heading up the organisational team explained: “This is a great opportunity for a company to get involved in something which is going to be big for Grantown and Strathspey and which is going to draw in crowds from across the region and hopefully the country.

“We need sponsors to be able to put on the best festival we can and without a doubt, anyone taking up this chance will get great coverage but can also go away knowing they have helped stage something which is very important for our historical town.”

Big birthday party

Grantown 250 – The Strathspey Seven is tipped to be the Highlands’ biggest birthday party. It will focus on seven themes – Food and Drink, Heritage, Environment, Tourism, Trade, Music and Sport.

Bill added: “We are delighted that Seafield Estates are our headline sponsor but there are still many other ways to get involved. For example, you can sponsor one of the days or one of the themes, or even become and event partner. We are also delighted to take donations and we have been lucky enough that a few people have already taken up this opportunity.”

The festival begins on June 21 and over the eight days will showcase over 100 events from interactive displays, historical pub crawls, music evenings, and a traditional market.

The whole community

The idea for the event has been in the planning for well over a year and Bill explained why it is taking place: “Grantown has such a rich history and there are few towns where you can trace back the history so clearly. This eight day festival will involve the whole community. It’s a celebration for local people and visitors from home and abroad. It will showcase the history and attractions of our unique community. The project is the brainchild of several local people who wish the special qualities of Grantown to be celebrated and become more widely known, thus creating a lasting legacy.”

The festival will finish on June 28 with a host of events which will climax in a celebration dinner and organisers hope that attendees will dress in full period costume.

To find out more about the event and how to get involved visit or find Grantown 250 on Facebook and Twitter.