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#ForthValleyFoodFest

Oct 12th - 21st

What is the #ForthValleyFoodFest?

The Forth Valley Food Festival will be an on-going series of events and campaigns all with the aim of: 

  • celebrating and showcasing the local food larder within the Forth Valley region, and 
  • supporting our local food producers, processors and providers

The first activity within the Forth Valley Food Festival is a promotional campaign from October 12th  - 21st. Throughout the campaign, keep an eye on your social media feeds for #ForthValleyFoodFest - where we will be highlighting some of the people who grow and rear our local food, and the places that serve and sell local produce. We will also be signposting to a program of activities (see below) to get involved in across the campaign - from pick your own pumpkins and farm tours, to film screenings and farmers markets. 

This promotional campaign is the beginning of a series of local food events and activities to happen throughout the year. So, if you're interested in being involved in contributing to the programme - by hosting a local food event, harvest dinner, farm tour, or anything else  - please contact Ashley Robinson, the Local Food & Drink Coordinator, at Robinsona @ stirling.gov.uk. 

The full festival line-up includes:

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 ** Click on the name of each event for web link and more information **

12 – 21 October, Arnprior Pumpkins - 8.30am – 5.30pm (pre-booking required) 

  • Pick your own pumpkin, get lost in the kale maze, and climb bale mountain. Throughout the week there will be food trucks and coffee vans to keep you fuelled! Pumpkins from £5. Pre-booking of parking spots required (on the website), no entrance fee.

12 - 16 October - Stirling NeighbourFood, online local food market open for purchases

  • Buying local couldn't be easier! Try out the regions' new online ‘click and collect’ local food market, Neighbourfood, run by Forth Environment Link. Pre-order your locally produced staples - everything from bread, jam, cheese, dairy, eggs, meat and veg - online from Oct 12th - 16th, for pick-up at Stirling Highschool on October 18th (16:30 - 18:30). 

13 October, Stirling Farmers' Market - 10.00am - 4.00pm, Port street, Stirling 

  • Buy locally made produce from the Forth Valley. Some local vendors selling at the market include jams and chutneys from Perthshire Preserves (Stirling based), sourdough bread and pastry from Riverside Bakery CIC (Stirling based), and some sweet treats from Ochil Fudge (Alloa based), and Cupcake Heaven (Lochearnhead based). 

15 & 18 October – Gardening Session, Stirling University, 2.00pm - 4.00pm  

  • Did you know that the Green and Blue Space, part of the University of Stirlings' Students Union, has a beautiful organic community garden right on campus? Join co-ordinator Matt and other volunteers for a drop-in gardening session that is open to all. 

16, 17, & 18 October – Food Hive OPEN, Stirling University, 10.00am - 4.00pm  

  • Drop by the Green and Blue Space, part of the University of Stirlings' Students Union, to purchase some low-impact foodstuffs for the week ahead. With a sustainability & zero-waste focus, the Food Hive co-op's mission is to "improve access to food with a minimal environmental impact". Also available at the Food Hive on Oct 16th - pre-order local bread & veg bag for pick-up on the 18th. 

 

15 – 21 October - Meet the Goats, Gartur Stitch Farm, various times (pre-booking required)

  • Meet the Goats and the other animals of Gartur Stitch Farm in Port of Menteith. This farm tour begins with sampling pastry or sourdough bread, all made in the farm kitchen from local ingredients mostly grown or foraged on the farm. Participants then head to the barn, to hand milk Dascha - the farms' dairy goat - and hand feed the flock of rarebreed Soay sheep. Online booking required. Adults £15. Children under 12 are free. 

 

16 October - 'In Our Hands' film & panel discussion, Stirling University, 7.00pm - 9.00pm

  • Hosted by the Green and Blue Space, come to a film screening of “In Our Hands– a documentary that showcases food and farming pioneers across the UK who changing the food system for the better. Locally made sourdough bread and nibbles will be available, with a panel discussion to follow. Free with £2 suggested donation.

 

18 October - Stirling Neighbourfood collection, Stirling High School, 4.30 pm - 6.30pm 

  • Come pick up your pre-ordered local goodies at Stirling High school, 16:30pm - 6.30pm. Neighbourfood Stirling, the new online ‘click and collect’ local food market run by Forth Environment Link, is open every week. Purchase your local food - bread, jam, cheese, dairy, eggs, meat, veg and more - via this online market, open Thursdays - Tuesdays for following Thursday pick-up. 

 

Why the #ForthValleyFoodFest ?

For the overall Forth Valley Food Festival, we want to celebrate, highlight, and support our local food producers, processors and providers across the region.

For the initial promotional/social media campaign, we want to kick off the overall Food Fest, and invite partners to collaborate and be involved in future activities  – to work together to host a local food event, a harvest dinner, a food trail, a farm tour, etc. 

We also want:

  • to raise awareness and visibility of those who produce, provide and process local food in our region
  • to highlight the quality food offering within the Forth Valley
  • to offer opportunities for people to taste and purchase locally produced food
  • to encourage exploration and interaction with our local food landscapes – where our food is grown and reared, created and cooked
  • to provide platforms for people to learn more about the provenance of food from our region 
  • to enable meaningful and authentic food experiences in our region to deepen our food culture
  • to drive demand for locally produced food 

Who is organising the #ForthValleyFoodFest?

  • The Local Food & Drink Co-ordinator, Ashley Robinson, supported by Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER, Stirling Council, and other partners, is behind the Forth Valley Food Festival. She is running the initial promotional campaign, and is actively looking for partners to be involved in upcoming events, trails, dinners, etc.
  • To get involved or host an event - please contact Ashley at Robinsona @ stirling.gov.uk