The inaugural Linlithgow Food And Drink food festival took place on Sunday, September 21, and has been widely held as a huge success.
The event, developed by the Linlithgow Town Centre Business Improvement District, in conjunction with West Lothian Council and local business Marketcraft had been planned to coincide with Scotland’s Food and Drink Fortnight, a nationwide celebration of provenance and quality.
Using the fantastic venue of the Burgh Halls allowed the 1,500 attendees to browse more than 40 stalls which were located both inside the halls and outside in the garden area.
On the balcony, there were live demonstrations from local businesses.
Brodies of Linlithgow held a master class on cupcake icing, Delhi’s Winter served up Scottish seafood with an Indian twist, and the Star and Garter and West Port Hotel each delivered their own take on scallops.
Stewart Ness, Linlithgow BID manager explained some of the objectives of the event: “We felt a food and drink festival was a good project to demonstrate the potential of the BID, by promoting the Food and Drink Sector in Linlithgow and increasing footfall in the town centre.”
The event saw external funding sourced to help cover costs, including over £2,000 from the Community Food Fund to help promote the event throughout central Scotland.
Will it be back next year? “We hope so. We’ve had great feedback and we’re keen to see more Linlithgow businesses getting involved.
“2015 is the year of Food and Drink in Scotland, so we want to be in a strong position to promote that sector and the town,” said Stewart.