On 22nd December 2011 AFN members were present at the very successful Paisley Christmas farmers' market 09.00-13.00 at County Square ...with relatively mild, be it ,windy weather forecast and a very wide range of produce including seasonal offerings available ,a visit was very enjoyable ... thanks for coming and buying the wonderful food ..an excellent opportunity to obtain seasonal, and Christmas produce.
On Tuesday 29th November 2011 Petrie Fine foods gained national
recognition having been shortlisted in two categories of the VIBES
Awards for environmental sustainability
During the previous week several Ayrshire food network producers were involved in the high profile opening of the Wholefoods
Store in Giffnock...We hope the venture is a great success with
subsequent ripple effects of reorders to their chosen local suppliers. Dunlop Dairy have been featured on one of their supplier profile.
Saturday 5th november saw a special celebration farmers' market
at Ayr with several new stallholders, including the impressive www.everythingchilli.co.uk+ hot
food to go + guest craft,fair trade and charity stalls selling
Christmas gifts Thanks to everyone for coming ,in particular our first
time visitors who came and joined the fun and took advantage to buy
fresh, local , quality,value for money food from the stallholders
present .We hope you enjoyed your visit ,and look forward to welcoming
you again on February 3rd
Here are two links with the story:
Warmest congratulations to two AFN members ,Braidwoods and
Glenapp Castle for their outstanding Michelin Star success for 2011. A
Real Inspiration to us all.
The weekend 21/22/23 October saw many members at various
significant events The BBC Good Food show + the very popular
quarterly Kilwinning farmers market on Saturday 22nd + the inaugural
apple tastic day at West Kilbride community centre : for the latter
AFN were well presented at the Recipe for Success workshop
run by Scottish Land & Estates at Dalduff farm
,Crosshill September 28th ,and were delighted to be involved in the
inaugural WSW Heritage meeting at Dumfries House on October 4th .
Flavoursome Produce from Nethergate ,Afton Glen and GC Growers
were served at the artisan Scottish food lunches at the very well
attended Nourish national conference at Govan on October 1st
Earlier AFN were represented at the Nourish Sustainable food
day at Catrine on September 9th ,making contributions to the debate on
public procurement and encouraging local food availability , see www.nourishscotland.org.uk
Recently 6 stallholders from AFN/AFM were trading at
the Global Market at Kilmarnock from the 1st-4th September which
presented them with a great opportunity to reach a wider market and
hence potential customer base for locally provisioned Ayrshire food
3 other members were represented at the inaugural Whitelees Wind
Farm farmers' market which was blessed by near perfect weather
....certainly a very interesting and worthwhile experiment see www.whiteleewindfarm.co.uk
AFN member, Chisholms of Ayr has reinforced its
position as a leading delicatessen in south west Scotland having
been invited by Iain Mellis the renowned speciality cheese wholesaler
to stock some outstanding interesting Scottish cheeses from their
acclaimed range .Kevin Wadsworth ,the proprietor, is naturally
delighted and invites potential customers to visit his premises at 17
Carrick street Ayr.- KA7 1NS. More details can be found at www.chisholmsofayrdeli.com or by calling him on 01292 269555.
Have you heard of ,or visited the hidden gem in Kilmaurs?. We are
talking about the exciting slightly decadent cake/chocolate and
tea shop which has recently been opened by Divine Inspirations owner Maxine Gough.Quietly endulge yourself with friends or even
children! It is located at 4, Townend, Kilmaurs. Check out details at www.lovedivineinspirations.com
If you are looking for that amazing special break then look no
further than our most southerly member the outstanding award wining
Glenapp Castle ,ideally situated if you looking for a very high
quality experience . see www.glenappcastle.com.
On June 8th a direct link was created from a leading German travel web portal to the AFN site see the link at: http://www.schottlandberater.de/expertenteam.html this follows meetings at Tourism Expo in April.
On Thursday 22nd September several members again supported
the small and attractive community market at Uplawmoor church hall.
10.00-12.00.produce available includes rare breeds meat,home
baking,vegetarian and gluten free food,hand made butter, local
farmhouse cheeses ,farm sourced ice cream ,flowers plants & herbs
..as always they also provide a great cup of tea!
Very exciting also was the bold and innovative event which
was held in George Square Glasgow on the 14th may when you could
achieve "Island Time in no Time " as Arrran with a very full array of
activities ranging from cookery demonstrtions ,tastings
,music,massage,art, and even rock climbing came to town big style
At Hamleys Easter time farmers market adventure
Fresh local Produce from Corrie Mains,GC Growers, and Dowhill was
on display ,whilst tasting samples of milk and cheese were supplied by
Dunlop Dairy,and cakes from Petrie Fine Foods .Watch out for news of
the event plus a web site video at www.hamleys.com
AFN were delighted to exhibit again at Tourism Expo April 13-14th 2011 in Aberdeen. We were on stand A1-A3 Ayrshire
& Arran right beside the main Visit Scotland reception. We met
many trade buyers, exhibitors and tourism trade professionals
..there was an appointments system in place via www.visitscotlandexpo.com.
the two days we had meetings with 35 trade buyers from as far
afield as Hawaii, Toronto, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Italy, Ukraine, India, as
well as 10 from the UK They all are interested in varying aspects of
food& activity tourism. We have been following up these leads
proactively and promptly,and some of them are following us avidly on
On Wednesday 16TH March 2011 AFN presented at the ASVA seminar in
Alloway regarding the realities /advantages of local food supply to
visitor attraction establishments. February 14th 2011 saw food or ingredients from several AFN
/AFM members used at the NFUS annual conference dinner in St andrews
.500 guests enjoyed an amazing 5 course dinner .We were delighted to be
involved in the sourcing project .
During the AFN seminar tour live fromTartu Hotel ,Voru,Viljandi
& Rakvere in Estonia we had V3 international link ups during the
last week of January2011. A considerable number of participants
have visited the website subsequently.
The 2011 version of our leaflet was published electronically
with enhanced layout ,the planned inclusion of the vibrant new pan
Ayrshire branding, a new map, an overview of aims and objectives,
plus 8 advertising slots.