Talented secondary school pupils in Kirkintilloch have scooped a national award for their efforts at championing Scottish food and drink and supporting local producers.

S2 students at St Ninians High School in the north of the city have been crowned the winner of the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2017 schools challenge – an initiative which encouraged primary and secondary schools up and down the country to champion Scottish produce during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2017.

During the Fortnight, which ran from 2-17 September, the St Ninians pupils adapted a standard Home Economics vegetable bake recipe by incorporating vegetables that were sourced locally and seasonally. The students used the seasonality calendar on the Scotland Food & Drink website to choose which vegetables were most appropriate for the recipe, and also used their cooking as a topic for discussion in class around the advantages of shopping locally and seasonally.

Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food at Scotland Food & Drink, said:

“Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight takes place every year and it’s a fantastic way of celebrating our growers, producers, chefs and restaurateurs, as well as our vast and delicious Scottish larder.

“It was so encouraging to hear about St Ninians’ efforts in engaging with the Fortnight and its principles – not only did they make a delicious meal to take home but they also took the Fortnight as an opportunity to understand more about the benefits of eating and sourcing locally. Their win was incredibly well- deserved.”

As a prize, the S2 pupils received a variety of inspiring Scottish recipe books to use for their cookery classes, as well as a £50 voucher and tour opportunity for the Secret Herb Garden in Edinburgh.

St Ninian’s Home Economics Teacher, Elaine McKune said:

“We are delighted to receive this award and it great to be a part of this campaign.  We enjoyed taking part and as a department, we feel very passionately about the promotion of using local and seasonal produce in our cooking.  The challenge fitted in well to our curriculum plans and we were able to adapt our lessons for that fortnight”.

Fiona continued:

“We now look ahead to The Year of Young People in 2018 and are seeking inspirational young people with great food or drink stories to help us better tell the world about Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight when it comes around again next year.

“Please let us know what you are up to, or what a young person you know is contributing to the Scottish food and drink industry. We would love to hear from you.”