Balmoral Game will launch a new field to fork experience at their game farm in Kinnelar, Aberdeenshire
A flagship festival has been launched to give visitors the opportunity to discover how food and drink is produced at source and celebrate the north east Scotland’s outstanding reputation for high quality, signature products.
Led by Opportunity North East, Provenance Festival 2021 will give visitors a unique opportunity to build their understanding of the provenance of food and drink from the fields and seas of the north east to enjoying it on their fork and glass.
Events will take place at locations across the region over ten days from 24th September to 3rd October and will include well-loved and new experiences that celebrate regionality, provenance and authenticity.
Passionate business owners from leading north east producers will tell the story of their products and brands though engaging, hands-on, memorable visitor experiences that cover how cheese is made, the role of wind turbines in making ice cream, how Deeside birch sap makes the perfect gin, how a coo turns straw into the highest quality beef and much, much more.
Among the first of more than 20 business to sign up to share their story are award winning organic dairy Forest Farm, leading brewers six°north, artisan cheesemaker Cambus O'May Cheese Company, Castleton Farm – one of Scotland’s largest fruit farms - and Aberdeenshire Highland Beef – a multi award winning Highland cattle fold, meat producer and visitor attraction.
Balmoral Game will launch a new experience to visitors to see the UK’s largest wild native land mammal, the red deer at their game farm in Kinnelar, Aberdeenshire with visits to meet and feed the herd. Armed with a greater understanding of the health benefits of venison, with a field to fork experience, visitors can then experience fresh produce at the fireside bothy in the partner farm shop.
Ian Booth, Balmoral Game said “Offering a visitor experience that strengthens our relationship with the customer and gives them greater insight into our products is something we have been keen to do and now feels like the ideal time as things open up again.
“Provenance Festival 2021 is a great launch pad for us to do this. It gives us access to specialist support to tailor, develop and market the right experience and the added benefit of being part of something bigger along with many of the region’s leading food and drink brands – it’s a no brainer.”
Cambus O'May Cheese Company understand the value of creating a meaningful relationship between consumer and producer and how visitor experiences can do this, having offered exclusive tours of their working dairy in Royal Deeside since 2015. Building on their popular Cheese Factory Tour, which covers the cheesemaking and ageing process followed by tasting in the Milk Hoose Cafe, throughout Provenance Festival they will run cheesemaking courses where guests spend a day in the cheese room making one of their award winning cheeses.
Alex Reid, Cambus O'May Cheese Company said: “Enjoying food and drink experiences at home was vital for many over the last 18 months with keen interest from consumers to source and experience what is available on their doorstep. A festival that brings individuals, families and businesses together to learn about and celebrate the region’s unrivalled produce could not come at a better time.
“We know from our existing visitor experience that there’s a strong appetite to support local business and more sustainable supply chains and we are delighted to take an active role in the first Provenance Festival. We can’t wait to welcome people back to the dairy, share our story with a hands-on learning experience and celebrate the best of what the north east of Scotland has to offer.”
Provenance Festival 2021 will offer something for all tastes and appetites; some of the other events confirmed for 2021 include:
Peter Cook, ONE's Director of Food Drink & Agriculture said: “Through the pandemic people have had more time to think about their food – they are interested in where it comes from, how it’s produced and the people who make it. As lockdown ends we have a tremendous opportunity in north east Scotland to lead the way in telling the story of food and drink and in the process create a new income stream for businesses.
“We have great family businesses, lots of natural story tellers, a tremendous heritage, systems which span from soil and sea to plate, lots of interesting new businesses and products, and great natural, sustainable production systems.”
Chris Foy, Chief Executive, VisitAberdeenshire said: “Pre-pandemic, it was estimated that visitors spent almost £1 billion a year on food and drink when they holidayed in Scotland. The national ambition to double that value by 2030 will be bolstered by events like the Provenance Festival as it grows beyond this year’s pilot to become an annual celebration of the quality, provenance and sustainability of food and drink production in the region, with a complementary fringe of learning experiences and gourmet hospitality events attracting visitors nationally and internationally.”
Businesses taking part in Provenance Festival 2021 will benefit from being part of a high quality, interactive festival and the associated marketing support and amplified promotion of being part of the Provenance Festival brand. They will also have access to specialist advice and support to deliver an exceptional visitor experience, taking people behind the scenes at the source of world class food and drink production across north east Scotland.
Hospitality businesses who support local producers can sign up to offer fringe events and experiences that celebrate the best the region has to offer and complement the official Provenance Festival programme.
To find out more, join in and be part of the Provenance story visit provenancefestival.com and follow #ProvenanceFestival2021 for updates and details of event listings as they are added over the coming days.
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