More than 90 representatives from North East businesses explored opportunities to develop food tourism within the region and increase the use of local produce in its foodservice sector at a dinner on Monday night (24 April).
The North East Food & Drink Network Dining Event at Meldrum House Hotel, organised by Opportunity North East (ONE) and Aberdeenshire Council, saw a menu of local produce served up to attendees from almost 60 businesses and organisations. Brian Grigor, Head Chef at the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant at The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, was the guest speaker.
Realising the growth potential of food and drink tourism for the region is a key theme for ONE as part of its agenda to drive business growth across the food, drink and agriculture sector. Guests at the dinner identified existing examples of successful food tourism offerings in the region and looked at opportunities to develop visitor spend driven by its high-quality and world renowned produce from the land and sea.