Friday, 18 September 2020

Ayrshire Food Network funding support from Scotland Food & Drink Regional Group Scheme

  The  Ayrshire Food Network    are  delighted to   confirm  today 18th  September  2020  that   we  have     been awarded  funding  from Scotland  Food and  Drink to  drive  foward the  local food  and tourism   agenda  in  Scotland .. and in  our  associated  region

 We are one  of  14  groups in  the country  to  receive  this support  which includes  match funding  from local authorities...

 see -food-groups/

  for  more details

 It  has   anabled   us   to   appoint  a Coordinator  who  will  be Sheena Horner    from  Food  From  Farming .. she  brings    a wealth  of experience     relating   to   rural  collaborations,  agri  tourism and social   media  , and has been  working with  several of our  members , individually , for  some time.

 More  detailed   information  relating   to   our  intended  programmes  and  regional  initiatives  will   be   announced  next week 

 thanks   for  your  support

Sunday, 5 April 2020

#local food provision in Ayrshire during #Covid crisis updated 26th April

 hi  everyone ,

Five weeks  into the  domestic   lock  down, we would like to thank everyone for their continuing  support    and patience

 Simply  put, the #Ayrshirefoodnetwork   members  undertake  two  categories    of  activity       ..  food and drink  production;   and  food and drink  provision......some members  covered  both  viz farms with   restaurants,tea rooms etc

Government   regulations , the  national   medical   emergency, and personal safety considerations    have meant  many businesses have had to close, chosen to mothball   or curtail  in house  food provision,whilst   a minority    have been able to  ramp up   cooked food deliveries

Within  the food   producer  group, many    have    attempted  to    increase production to meet unprecedented  consumer demand ,whist at the same time switch away temporarily   from the downturn in food service / hospitality   demand ..... no mean   challenge

 Also by collaborating  with one another , they have been   willing  and in part   able    to   make  sustainable  levels of home deliveries  of   mixed selections  of  local  food, which are   in very   great demand , given the stay inside  guidance / instructions  and local   economic support  objective.

We have   fielded  many enquiries   as to what  is available  where  & when .....  as you can imagine    it is very fast moving   and   booking  /provision  availability changes  literally   from hour to hour  , or  even more frequently ..

There are  some  very effective  Facebook groups  in  particular  #Ayrshire food deliveries , Takeways,Supermarkets   who are acting   as person to person information hubs ....definitely     worth   following , in order to    check out  what may be  available  where  you or your   relatives  live

The   food producers   are   practicising    very   effetive  switch on /  switch off  ordering techniques  to  try  and manage demand against  their supply  and logistical capabilities  which in many instances are    very much  stretched   "  beyond  the normal  limit "  please bear with   them   and   be flexible

 We hope   that we  will   all come   through  is .......   but  when that happens  please continue to  support   local food  producers and  providers   and help them rebuild   their  regular  or revamped     businesses

If you have  a  specific    question  please send it in   via the " contact  us"  enquiry  box ...we will do our  best  to provide  guidance   if  we can

 meanwhile   stay  at home  and  continue  to stay safe

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Leap Year #BestofAyrshire Launch at @CloncairdCastle 29th February

  A unique   event  involving  #Collaboration  & #Partnership   within #Ayrshire .

. As  a member  of  the #AyrshireFoodNetwork  @CloncairdCastle  have  invited  8    members to be involved   in their #honestyboxscheme  being utilized  for the  self catering guests  in their  newly  refurbished  cottages

The AFN members involved include  principally #AyrshireMarketFresh  with   their  customised food selection  delivery   boxes  centred   on the freshest  of vegetables... also #littleturnberry  eggs ; #Dunlopdairy cheeses ;#Limetreelarder  chocolates, chutneys & ice cream ; #Mossgeil   organic milk  in glass  bottles;#Ballochmyle fine   cheese ;#Caldwellvegetables; & #Pieronis seafoodand fish merchants.

Much   inspiration  comes  from @Slowfood and the   #Arkoftaste

Other   AFN  members  have  or   are likely  to be  involved also , along with  circa   20   other    artisan  & craft   producers , and organisations...

 The   unique   ticketed  event  opening the castle and stunning   atrium   to the public   for the very first time is  being held    on saturday   29th   Feb between  10.00  and 18.00  .. tickets are   available    via  the  web site  and Eventbrite  and priced   at £10 .

  We hope to see  you there ..  please   come with your   friends and family   and   try, taste and buy these  exceptional   local  food    products  in an  exciting     setting   and environment

There  is so much more to   experience , and enjoy .@Cloncairdcastle ...,An  ideal way  to celebrate   a #Leapyear