The best of Argyll and Bute’s food and drink was showcased by the council, and nine local producers, to the thousands of people who visited the BBC Good Food Show at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.
Flying the flag for the area were; Butebrew, CocoaMo, Islay Ales, Loch Fyne Whiskies, Lochnell Oysters, Shellfield Farm, Skipness Smokehouse, the Puffer Food Company and Wee Isle Dairy. They offer a wide range of food and drink including craft beer, chocolate, whisky, gin, preserves, oysters, beef, salmon, whole milk and ice cream to customers all over the world.
The producers came together as part of the Flavours of Argyll and Bute pavilion, sponsored by Argyll and Bute Council, to promote regional food and drink to consumers who visited the show from across the UK and beyond.
Councillor Aileen Morton, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, said:
“The food and drink industry is an extremely important sector for Argyll and Bute and the whole of Scotland, with the industry hoping to grow to £30 billion by 2030.
“Locally the sector generates in the region of £340 million turnover every year for the local economy with Argyll and Bute having an abundance of whisky, salmon and beer producers, which are the UK’s biggest food and drink exports.
“The Flavours of Argyll and Bute pavilion was an ideal opportunity to bring together the council, local producers, Food from Argyll and the Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative to promote the wonderful products available here and why it is a great place to live work and do business.”
Virginia Sumsion, from Food from Argyll, said:
“Argyll Food Producers were delighted to give their members the chance to exhibit at the Good Food Show and experience what this type of consumer show is like at first hand.
“By attending as a group we were able to showcase many different products and localities from Argyll and the public responded very well.”