With many sporting seasons in full swing, friends and families around the country will be turning out to support or play for their favourite team this autumn. When it comes to taking a break, either from watching or playing, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is encouraging sports fans to ‘think Scottish’ when it comes to refueling.

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 great Scottish public – however they spend their time – to enjoy a Scottish product or two.

The theme for 7th September is Sport Snack, and the Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, James Withers, is encouraging sports fans to support Scottish food and drink as well as their favourite team.

This year, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight ties in with VisitScotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and our sport snack recipe features haggis, a well-known staple from years gone by.  Few may know that haggis has a history in England with a recipe – Hagws of a schepe – in the English Harleian manuscript of 1430, establishing its early English credentials. But in the mid 1700s Good Scots Haggies appear in English and Scottish cookery books and tts place in Scotland’s culinary heritage, however, is due to Robert Burns’ Address to a Haggis (1786).

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

“Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is all about getting people together to celebrate and showcase Scotland’s natural larder.  From scallops to raspberries, trout to whisky, the Fortnight give us the chance to celebrate our producers, chefs and business owners and the part they play in our fantastic industry, whilst also demonstrating to the wider public just why Scotland has earned the reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.

“I am a huge sports fan and have been known to indulge in the odd mid match snack! It’s amazing how easy it can be to either buy or make something Scottish if you put your mind to it. A simple burger, a Scotch pie or nachos made with Scottish cheese will keep hungry mouths both fed and happy.

“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.”