This June, Appetite for Angus are working in collaboration with regional food and drink groups from Tayside and Fife to showcase local producers to hospitality and wholesale buyers.

More than 30 of the finest food and drink producers across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, and Fife will attend Tasting Tayside and Fife, an event allowing buyers to sample the regions’ best produce and connect with suppliers. 

The free to attend event will take place on Tuesday 13 June from 9am to 12pm at Arbikie Distillery in Angus. Buyers are invited to come to sample regional food and drink as suppliers showcase their produce and network with potential partners. 

Events like Tasting Tayside and Fife allow chefs, retailers, distributors and anyone who sells or serves local produce to connect with regional food and drink producers with the potential to secure business partnerships and increase the number of local products on local menus and shelves.

Tasting Tayside and Fife is supported by Scotland Food & Drink and is jointly run by Food from Fife, Great Perthshire, Eat and Drink Dundee, and Appetite for Angus. Similar events have taken place in the Lowlands and the Hebrides, proving to be a popular informal opportunity for the regional food and drink industry to interact. 

The event will also feature guest speakers including Will Docker from Balgove Larder, one of Scotland’s highest profile farm shops. Will will discuss the importance of local when selling food and drink. This will be followed by Ernie Millar, Key Account & Liaison Manager with foodservice supplier at Mark Murphy, who will give an insight into wholesale distribution.

Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food at Scotland Food & Drink, said: “Scotland’s east coast is home to a fantastic selection produce and Tasting Tayside and Fife is a great opportunity for buyers to see the best the region has to offer. We were pleased to support the regional food groups to make this event possible, recognising the quality produce available. 

“Food and drink is one of Scotland’s biggest and most lucrative industries. Events like Tasting Tayside and Fife boost awareness of regional produce and gives businesses greater access to the market. We would encourage any buyer passionate about the regions’ food and drink to take part.”  

Stuart Clark, Coordinator at Appetite for Angus, said: “It’s been a great opportunity for the four Regional Food Groups to collaborate on a project that brings together such a wide variety of Producers from across Tayside & Fife.  We are looking forward to welcoming attendees to Angus and delighted to have a new visitor attraction in Arbikie Distillery as the venue. We are grateful to Scotland Food & Drink for its support with this event and are looking forward to introducing our producers to the range of potential stockists who be attending.”

The event is run jointly by the regional food groups across the Tay Cities region: Food from Fife, Great Perthshire, Eat and Drink Dundee and Appetite for Angus. Producers or buyers interested in finding out more about getting involved with their regional food group should contact their group coordinator to find out more. 

For more information about the event and to register your business to attend as a buyer, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tasting-tayside-fife-tickets-624434469307