Why not throw a children’s party this Friday (8 September) and make it your mission to include as much Scottish produce as possible, say the organisers of Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight.

“It doesn’t have to be complicated – you can try making something simple, such as canoe meringues with Angus berries and cream”, according to celebrity chef Wendy Barrie, founder and director of the Scottish Food Guide [see recipe attached].

This year, the Fortnight, which runs from 2nd – 17th September, is urging the great Scottish public to change one thing about their eating and drinking habits to allow them to incorporate elements of Scotland’s rich food and drink larder into their day (#onethingfortnight).

Each day of the Fortnight has an inspirational theme to get the Scottish public – whether they spend their day in a school, office, factory, restaurant or kitchen – to enjoy a Scottish product or two.

The theme for day eight (8th September) is children’s party, and the Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, James Withers, is encouraging parents to get creative with Scottish soft fruits from producers such as Bruce Farms and Angus Soft Fruits for some really delicious yet healthy treats that are guaranteed to go down a storm.

This year, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight ties in with VisitScotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.  In the early 20th century a group of Scottish market gardeners in Angus set up a co-operative to grow raspberries. Their strawberries were already popular, but they judged that raspberries would also ripen well in the gentle heat and long hours of Scottish daylight. Scottish raspberries soon became the dominant British supply and since then the Scottish soft fruit industry has continued to go from strength to strength.

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink said:

“The theme for the Fortnight is to get people to change one thing about their eating habits or diet – even if it is just for one day!  Producers, chefs and the wider food and drink sector here in Scotland are things that we should all celebrate and the Fortnight give us the chance to do that.

“Why not get your weekend off to a great start by throwing a party for your children using specifically Scottish produce? They are guaranteed to love it and also learn a little about our precious food and drink industry.

“Just one change can make a huge difference and may encourage lots of other people to take part – so get involved and let us know what you are doing to support the Fortnight.”