New event planned to boost tourism in the Burgh

Food and Drink Festival proposed for Linlithgow
Food and Drink Festival proposed for Linlithgow

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.’’