Foodies Urged to Take a Bite Out of Dumfries and Galloway

Foodies, businesses and organisations from across the region are being encouraged to share their passion for Dumfries & Galloway food and drink by contributing to a new website, launched this week by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

DGFoodandDrink.com has been designed to showcase and celebrate Dumfries & Galloway’s exceptional food tourism opportunities. The website highlights food producers who are also tourism destinations across the region, and it lists farmers’ markets and food festivals.

A key theme of the website is interactivity. Visitors are encouraged to participate in behind the scenes tours, tastings and events at food tourism businesses, and members of the public are encouraged to contribute guest blogs and recommendations.

The website is being supported by a marketing campaign which will see more than 55,000 leaflets being distributed within a 3 hour drive time of Dumfries and Galloway.

The campaign was launched today at foodie destination Kilnford by Councillor Colin Smyth, Chair of the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee. Councillor Smyth has contributed his own guest blog, which highlights Kilnford’s local produce, to the website and he is urging local people to share their passions for regional food and drink on the site.

Councillor Colin Smyth, chairman of the Economy, Environment and Infrastructure committee, said: “Travelling around Dumfries and Galloway, our region’s position as one of Scotland’s top food producers becomes obvious. Our fields, rivers and beautiful coastline are full of produce of world class quality, and our communities are home to many skilled artisans, creating delicious food and drink.

“Perhaps more than any other region in Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway’s food and drink and tourism industries are closely intertwined, with some of our most popular visitor attractions, such as Cocoabean Chocolate Factory, Cream o’ Galloway, Annandale Distillery and Loch Arthur, providing opportunities for visitors to enjoy unique and unforgettable food and drink experiences.

“This website makes it easy to find food tourism businesses in Dumfries and Galloway – those food producers who have created tourism experiences that add richness and flavour to our region’s tourism offering. It also includes a fantastic array of food events, and I’m particularly pleased to see so many exciting food festivals becoming established in our region’s towns.

“I would encourage any food business and any local person who is passionate about our region’s larder to get involved in filling this website with information, images and inspiration. The guest blogging section is the place to visit to share your stories, favourite stops, recommendations and foodie passion.

“By supporting, buying, talking about and, most importantly, enjoying our region’s quality local food and drink we can all help to make Dumfries and Galloway one of Scotland’s top food tourism destinations.”

To share your passion for Dumfries and Galloway food and drink, visit www.dgfoodanddrink.com and select ‘Add an Event’ or ‘Add a Blog’, both can be found in the footer.

The www.dgfoodanddrink.com project was funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Community Food Fund, and it is a legacy from Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink celebrations.


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