New event planned to boost tourism in the Burgh

Food and Drink Festival proposed for Linlithgow

Food and Drink Festival proposed for Linlithgow

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Linlithgow could have another reason for people to “linger longer”.

The proposed Linlithgow Town Centre Business Improvement District steering group is developing a new festival to add to the list of events that attract visitors to the town.

Steering group member Wendy Shaw explained: “We were inspired to develop a Linlithgow food and drink festival after hearing about the success of a similar event in Elgin that is expected to attract 20,000 visitors to the town.”

“We want to deliver exciting projects as soon as we can after a positive ballot in the summer, so we’ve been exploring a Linlithgow festival as part of Scotland’s Food and Drink Fortnight in September.”

“Any local food and drink businesses can get involved in this. We’ve had interest from home-based businesses, national retailers and local restaurants. We want to showcase all aspects of Linlithgow food and drink.”

“We’ve applied for funding of £10,000 and had positive conversations from interested parties regarding sponsorship.

‘‘It will be backed by a nationwide marketing campaign and will promote the Linlithgow brand to a huge audience.”

The businesses in the town centre and the Mill Road 
Industrial Estate have the choice of voting to create a BID in a summer ballot this year.

If the majority agree, they will each pay a yearly levy to see projects and services delivered that will benefit all.

A food festival is just the 
beginning according to Wendy, who added: “This is a great example of what can be achieved should the businesses support the proposals.’’

 

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