Thursday, 19 September 2019

Ayrshire September sunshine & weekend festivities bring authentic local food and drink into focus

   Last   weekend    several  AFN   members were providing  excellent food and drink    at the Stranraer Oyster  festival , including #ADRattray;# Everything  Chilli; #Cedar Country Foods  whilst   a food demonstrations  was   given  by  #DavidAlexander from #Glenapp

 An estimated 17000  visitors  enjoyed the   exciting   festival   ....  certainly   a  excellent  showcase  for  south  west Scotland

#Glenapp Castle have   released  very recently  their latest  video    featuring   the amazing   #SeaSafari   experience

 Other   good news  includes  #LittleTurnberry  being awarded #Biosphere  certified  producer     status .warmest congratulations

#GCGrowers    is running     aan innovative     vegetable    education scheme,    and  the #TheHomeCookSchool   is expanding  their  community  cooking    initiatives

#AyrshireHampers has opened  in the last  two weeks  their   innovative    new  venue  and offerings   at #Kilmarnock  Railway  station.  including  having  produce   from #ThreepwoodFayre    and #BallochmyleFineCheese

 All   three  are   heading   for  #Newmilns  food  festival  this saturday 21st  september   along   with 50 other producers /providers and hosts   including  #Ayrshirefoodfromayrshirefolk;#Everythingchilli ;#rhonecottage ;#limetreelarder;#scotchandco;#mossgeil;#cedarcountyfoods

 It is going to be   a very  busy  weekend especially with  the #AyrGoldCup  horse race  meeting     bringing many visitors  to the area.

 Hopefully#DunlopDairy  will  benefit  from the hospitality  offerings,  and #Bhailebakery   will  see  increased  visitors  in their 4 outlets  aswell as  greater product usage   for #ramstanesfarm &#CorrieMains as partners,  #WAEgrant   meeting  vegetable   and fruit demand ,  and the #Ayrshire farmersmarket in #kilmarnock   plus  #Pieronis  & #Fencebay  with  their  exciting  wide ranges of seafood ;  The  attractive #Thelairdstable  in #Fenwick  now  has  their  innovative   high walkway  as an additional attraction

looking into October    good luck  to #Woodysicecream  in their  #ACCI   business awards quest  whilst  on the  24th   september #CorneyandBarrow hold  their themed dinner   at #Mcfarlanes

For our     members  such as #TheCooshed  and #Auchengree  farm shop  plus  associates   at #ABBA , providing  hospitality     and accommodation  may you have  a very productive & busy  weekend in the sunshine. Our  exclusive   use   venues   at#Hillhouse    and #EnochLodge  will  without  doubt  be  providing   exemplary   service  to  their   discerning   clients ...also the  exceptional  Michelin Star  restaurant  #Braidwoods

wishing  all   visitors    to #Ayrshire   a very   warm  and  authentic  welcome

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Ballantraefood and drink festival brings out the best of Ayrshire 8th /9th june

 45   local   producers   including #Dunlop Dairy ;#Rhone  Cottage ;  #theCooshed ;#GlenappCastle ; #CedarCottage ;#Threepwoodfayre   ;#Ballochmylebrie; plus#Everythingchilli  ;#CorrieMains   free range eggs ;#Thehomecookschool  :#slowfood:#Ayrshirehampers;#Adrattraywhisky;#Ayrbrewing ;Ayrshire hampers  all   at



with stunning   coastline setting  .    kite flying .  foraging .  street food .  excellent gins and whiskies . slow  food ..  scottish   food guide .Wendy barrie. Lindsay Guidi  @howardfarm

today  11.00-17.00     free   bus    routes   ...  see  web site   for details 

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Summer time brings out the best in Ayrshire Food Network community food tourism offerings

It     may  still    be cool    temperature   wise , but with the   clocks going forward  tonight , Mothers' Day  and   Summer    Time  are upon us .... so our    colleagues   at #ABBA    are hoping  to be be busy  with Easter   almost  here 

#Little  Turnberry   Farm    are   opening again  for the season  with   their amazing   baking  and   local produce  including  #Mossgeil   milk    available  to order

#Bhaile Artisan  Bakery   are offering  increasingly     diverse   flavoursome  produce   through their  three    outlets , including   customer   suggested    weekend     offerings , using  exciting  ingredients  including #CorrieMains  eggs

They together   with   the  #TheCooShed   were   recent finalists   in the Scottish Rural Awards ,at which #Mossgeil   won   the best    Agricultural    business  award ..Sincere congratulations    to all  three

#Lime Tree  Larder    are running    very  enjoyable  chocolate  making  classes  for both  children   and adults ..(what an Easter   present )!  Afterwards  why
 not  drop in   for a  good meal offering   at #Auchengree  farm   restaurant   and shop

#Glenapp   Castle    continues   its    very high standards  with   lunches , dinners   a specialist  afternoon teas     (  a  real treat   for   you and your friends  and family )

#Ayrshire   Hampers  under new ownership     will be attending the  next  #Fenwick  food and craft fair ...wishing   them all the best  with   their    collaborations  and   workings including   with # Threepwood Fayre

#The  Lairds  Table   in  Fenwick   is attracting  many families   to its  stunning lochside  venue,  where guests can enjoy   creative   dishes   using  local ingredients    including  #Everythingchilli    products    made   in   the village

#Dunlop Dairy    cheese  farm   and tearoom    are     providing   wonderful   hospitality  plus   the delights of being  surrounded by new born   goats' kids !!

#Ayrshire   farmers'market    cooperative  events in  #Ayr   and  #Kilmarnock      are good places    to find   the full range  of outstanding    meat    products   from #Cedar    Country Foods

#Ayrshire Market   Fresh    artisan   food  deliveries, established   by  #Rhone   Cottage   are  working   with  #Fencebay, #Dalduff ,#GCGrowers   and 8 other     local suppliers     to bring you    an excellent  click  and    deliver     online  home    service    offering    It  is .well  worth   giving it    a try with     deliveries   throughout   Ayrshire   on     a  Thursday

Interesting   developments  at #Ramstanes....watch   this space !

 A very    exciting   development   about to start  is    the   series  of   free  community cooking classes    being  run   by #TheHome   Cook School.... the first  of   these    will  start  in  Minishant


 Two   future  dates  .. April   30th    interegional   food  groups conference   in Dumfermline

 Lindsay  Guidi with be   representing  AFN    talking about    her   Connect Local   funded  Cook    Ayrshire  project... contact  the author for more details    and   booking  arrangements

June  8th  /9th     sees  the      award  winning   Ballantrae  Food and  Drink   festival  return   including     specialist  #The  whisky   ( and gin !)  Experience

.................. wishing  everyone   a successful     trading   period  in the run up  to Easter

Meanwhile  we will  be represented   on  the  10th /11th  April   at #Visit Scotland   Tourism  Scotand    sharing  with  global   trade  visitors   the  excellence of   Ayrshire   as " Scotland's authentic  food tourism    destination"