Friday, 21 October 2016

Golden October brings more AFN success and new members

 Congratulations  to the Ballantrae Food Festival  for winning  the ACCI   food and drink award .. for 2016.  23 AFN  members were involved  back in  June .. so areal group effort  led by Susan Crosthwaite     thanks    also  to .@slowfoodwestscot  for their support and engagement

Also to  Glenapp  Castle for winning  the ACCI  Customer service award..

Thanks and well  done  to other   members who were shortlisted  for  the awards .

October   has seen  Little Turnberry   Farm shop , and  Ayrshire  Hampers   come into  the   Network  ..  a very warm welcome

#West   Mossgeil   is continuing to build   a  very strong  business to business    customer base  both in  Ayrshire  and Glasgow     . certainly  a  real  transformative  story  

7  AFN members  are  contributing to the ongoing development  of the  Ayrshire  strategic  tourism  policy  and programmes  .. thanks for your time  and effort

The Ayrshire   Farmer'   Market cooperative  have initiated   successfully   a new   Sunday   farmers'  market   at Ayr  Central   Shopping   Mall .. another welcome addition  

Several members   are  involved  also  in the learning  journey to Iceland  starting this weekend  looking  at  hospitality  management  performance ; systems; product/ service innovation  and use of social media ..  watch out   for live   video broadcasts ,  Tweets  , Facebook  postings , Instagram images  hopefully .... case  studies   are being  developed   for everyone interested to share

thanks  everyone   for their   support .. good  luck with upcoming  trading period.

ps  please send to the editor   your  interesting   updates and  good  news stories

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

18 very busy days for AFN members in Ayrshire and beyond during #scotfoodfort

 we   knew it was going to busy.

it   certainly  has  been  and  continues to be

there  have been 5  farmers  markets including  the  new one at #AyrCentral , and @RobertBurns NTS   ;the  Scottish  Airshow ;#letseatGlasgow; the Newmilns food  festival ;  Culzean. food and craft event ;Dumfries   House  food  market; #Ayr250  being  the  250th anniversary  of Corney  and Barrow Whighams  in Ayr  ; judging   for the ACCI  business  awards   covering  several   categories  including  Food ,Tourism, and Customer  Service ;the 2016  Food Awards ; #The Global Market in #Kilmarnock;  the  Slow  Food  Ark of Taste   nominations, and   launch of the  Slow Food  Scottish Chefs' Alliance ..

with    no resting  on our laurels  there are   new collaborations,  product /service developments, distribution  hubs  , deliveries   and  study visits   being planned

please  share  your good news  stories  via this blog  

good   luck    for the  next trading  periods

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Ayrshire Food Network members welcome warmly visitors to the 145th Open

The  next 4 days from the 14th-17th July  will see  unprecedented focus  on the local food & drink offerings from  Ayrshire  and Arran  together with our overall hospitality.

Visit Scotland, Ayrshire  & Arran Tourism   together  with  Scotland Food and Drink   are  kindly providing  opportunities  for small scale producers to introduce  their produce  to  the thousands of visitors expected.

So the  very best of luck to  AD  Rattray ,Aye Love Real Food , Dunlop  Cheese,Everything Chilli,Fencebay , Pieronis ,Woody's, Roundsquare, Ayr  Brewing  Co , Barwheys   and others who are taking  up the invitation

Local produce  is also  featuring   strongly   in the hospitality   offerings  at the 145th Open event itself , as well as the  many  venues  accommodating   guests , corporate  patrons , and international visitors

We hope  our guests  enjoy  the  excellent food and drink offerings , as well as the world class golf

With  circa 170,000 visitors expected  with perhaps  60%  + from outwith   Scotland, and 25%  travelling here  from international  destinations ......this  is   certainly   an unprecedented  opportunity

For more  details  of  AFN  please visit  ..



Friday, 24 June 2016

Congratulations to AFN members for achievements & collaborations in june 2016

 Good news  is all  around us.

 Congratulations to  Susan Crosthwaite  and  everyone whose efforts  helped achieve  a successful  second ballantrae food festival   at which 22 AFN members  attended

Also  to Dawn  Borland  on the 10th   anniversary  of the founding  of the iconic Stewarton  deli

 Grants  of Prestwick  and Pieronis  created history   during June    by winning their  respective  category  of  the Independent Retailer of the Year Awards , for the second year running at the Scottish   national  awards

The   Grant family   also  should get  recognition for    a very fast weekend response  to an  international  aircraft /yacht  enquiry  for fresh produce ...  the  chefs  were very impressed by the    quality of the  produce  and  exemplary customer service.

Bryce  and Amy  Cunningham  at  West   Mossgiel have continued   their success of getting the  Burns related  milk into Dumfries  House  and  Burns   Birthplace  Museum  at  Alloway  as well as  providing   tasters  at several other exciting locations .

The  Rhone  Cottage  initiated   Food  Market   at Dumfries House  has continued to attract  new stallholders  including Fencebay

Several  AFN members are trading   at the Royal Highland   Show  this weekend   including   Aye Love Real Food, Everything  Chilli,    Others  seem to be visiting.!!!

 A successful  business tourism  initiative  has been initiated  jointly  by Glenapp  Castle ; Trump Turnberry; The Whisky Experience   and other  visitor attractions

Roundsquare    have delivered  perhaps  the most northerly  located  top quality  coffee making equipment  to John o'  Groats (that is where the land  stops !)

Corney  &  Barrow Whighams    are conducting  a fascinating  dual tasting  with  Dunlop Dairy   PGI cheeses

We  are also  finding   creative ways  of moving produce   around the region in an environmentally friendly way ...

 Let us  keep  up the  great  work,and good luck with the Golf related  opportunities  during July

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink June 12th .. the innovative community food festival

 Okay   the time has come for the 2016
  Sunday  12th June

Building on the success of last  year this strongly  innovative  community based  regional event  will include foraging , cookery demonstrations  using local produce , discussions,talks,  book signings , educational  and environmental fun  activities  with the  Biosphere   see  ;

there will  also be  10  amazing street food and drink  providers  including the  locally produced iconic  Hendricks  Gin  !!! , as well as  over 40  food and drink stalls  providing  the very best of local produce .... come and hear the stories  behind the food

there  is very definitely  a Slow Food ethos about the whole event

Entry  to the festival    is free  with options  to  pre book early bird bonus tickets ,offering fast track entry , plus  there  are  additional  value added  opportunities  to   attend  specialist  cookery   demonstrations , and  grape and grain tastings  priced  from £10 ..

over 20 members  of the  Ayrshire Food  Network are   directly   involved   so it is a big occasion for us

we  are delighted to be very  strongly supporting   it

please  come with your  families   and friends, and /or encourage  your guests  to travel to  the  very attractive  coastal village overlooking  Ailsa Craig

there are  free  buses  running from Girvan  and Stranraer ..see  festival web site  or Facebook for  more details

hope to see   there...  please come early to avoid  disappointment

Friday, 25 March 2016

Wishing all AFN members and their guests/customers a happy Easter

Easter    tends  to be a very  busy time for the  Hospitality and food businesses in Ayrshire.

We  hope  this period  proves  commercially  successful for our members  ,and an enjoyable opportunity for  many visitors to enjoy authentic  short supply  chain  seasonal Ayrshire  food  and drink.

Happy  Easter !

Friday, 18 March 2016

West Mossgeil non homogenised milk arrives at GLASGOW FOOD ASSEMBLY

 All good things are worth waiting for !

next Monday 21st  March  will see the  much awaited  #West Mossgeil  non homogenised semi skimmed and whole milks become available  at  the fast developing  Glasgow Food Assembly .

to buy it there  you  need to go to    order the produce of your choice  ,pay  with card, and collect on the night at the  Drygate   between 17.30 -19.30

  it is likely  14 producers  will be represented   on the night   so a great place to buy excellent , flavoursome  provenenced  local produce  including  #Nethergate ;#Everything Chilli ;#GCGrowers;#Fencebay; #Corrie  Mains;# Dunlop Dairy  etc etc

 Congratulations to all

Monday, 8 February 2016

Ayrshire Food Network members support Glasgow Food Assembly launch

 Nethergate  Larder & GC Growers  are among the  first  tranche  of  Producers supporting the launch  today of this innovative  new  marketing/sales /distribution channel  in Glasgow

Several other AFN members   are in the process  of  registering with the online  sales  hub, where  pre paid produce can be collected weekly on  a Monday evening  17.30-19.30  at the Drygate 85, Drygate , Glasgow G40UT

Good  luck everyone  at

You too can order  for   next week ,once the order platform has reopened
Food Assembly

Monday, 1 February 2016

Looking forward to the Ayrshire Food & Drink industry engagement event 3rd February

The event   is  free to attend for industry   members, and  is being  held at  the Park Hotel  Kilmarnock 10.30 -12.30, bringing  public and private sector initiatives  together

Booking   via Eventbrite 

Hope to meet  you there  along with many members of  the Ayrshire Food Network

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Valentines Weekend special occasion at Glenapp Castle

Your chance to to relax at Glenapp Castle between the 12th-14th February enjoying  extra  special meals  and or a  luxury weekend stay.

Contact  or call  01465 831212  for more details

Friday, 22 January 2016

Everything Chilli at Speciality Food Show at SECC 24TH-26TH January

Well  worth  visiting the  show,

Drop by stand N52 to  learn more about the  amazing flavours and produce from multi award winning. Everything  Chilli  based in Fenwick Ayrshire

Enjoy the show

New Ayrshire Food Network Web site about to go live very soon

 Please can  all AFN members please send in the requested images as  soon as possible  please ..  so they are displayed  on their  respective  pages  and the general gallery ....    the site  is looking good

thanks   howard