Grant aid for Linlithgow’s first food festival

Food festival will offer up tempting dishes like this.
Food festival will offer up tempting dishes like this.

A £2200 cash boost will go some way towards staging a food and drink festival in Linlithgow

The latest round of Community Food Fund grants sees nine organisations better off, sharing almost £53,500.

This will allow a number of new projects to get underway – including the food and drink festival 
kick-starting what is hoped to become an annual event.

Linlithgow Business Improvement District spokesman Stewart Ness welcomed the news and promised an ambitious event that will attract some of the finest food producers and chefs from as far afield as 
Arbroath, Argyll and the islands.

He told the Journal and Gazette: “We’re pleased with the grant but, of course, it will take a lot more to organise such an extensive event.”

Ness also confirmed that this will not be a one-day wonder, saying: “We don’t want this to be a one-off event.

‘‘We’re hoping this will be the start of a regular annual festival possibly over two days.” With a line-up of high end producers and the hint of a celebrity chef appearance, the streets of Linlithgow are expected to be filled with townspeople and tourists alike,

Stuart was reluctant to be drawn on the issue of a celebrity to front-up the event but rattled off a stream of entertainment and specialist workshops.

He said: “I’m not saying who, but a few names have been suggested.

‘‘We’re going to be having ‘cook-offs’ with chefs from around the area invited to make the most of five ingredients in an ‘invention box’ contest.”

Other highlights include cookery workshops, cooking theatre sessions and plenty for the kids to get involved.

Other bid winners include a Show and Tell foodie ‘village’ as part of the Commonwealth Games; a Highland beef trail; a tea festival and a video from Orkney Beremeal.

The food fest will run from 11am until 4pm on Sunday, September 21.