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Celebrating Moray food from field to plate

16 July 2010

A CELEBRATION of local food cultivation and production has been unveiled at a Moray museum.

Award-winning producers are highlighted at the Food Glorious Food event in the Falconer Museum in Forres, which was opened by Moray MSP Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

Tying in with the International Year of Biodiversity, which encourages consumers to buy locally and eat seasonal produce, the exhibition features a display of photographs and maps.

The launch was attended by representatives of local food-and-drink businesses, members of the public and volunteers and organisers from within the tourism sector.

Mr Lochhead praised the images in the exhibition, produced by Forres Camera Club, which celebrate the journey from field to plate, as well as the people who make it all happen.

“Forres and Moray are at the centre of Scotland’s food production and, in Forres alone, there are butchers, bakers, restaurants, the local distillery and farm businesses that have won many awards for innovation, marketing and product design,” he said.

“On my travels around Scotland and elsewhere I regularly speak of the fantastic range of products produced locally in Moray and I know that the world view of Moray’s food and drink business is hugely positive.”

Two special events have been organised to support the exhibition. On Monday, July 19, a talk will be given by Pam Rodway, of Wester Lawrenceton Farm, near Forres, on the history of butter-making and there will be an opportunity to try making your own.

On Thursday, August 19, the museum will host a talk by John Salt of Moray Beekeepers on the importance of bees to food crops. Both talks take place at 7pm and places can be booked by calling 01309 673701.

The exhibition continues until the end of August.

(The Northern Scot)

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