Food Tourism in Dumfries and Galloway

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 17:30

One of the benefits of being a councillor and Chair of the Council's Economy Committee is getting to know the passionate small businesses that make up our important tourism and food and drink sectors. So it is a real pleasure to launch this innovative food tourism website for the region.

Travelling around Dumfries and Galloway, our region’s position as one of Scotland’s top food producers becomes obvious. Our fields, rivers and beautiful coastline are full of produce of world class quality, and our communities are home to many skilled artisans, creating delicious food and drink – everything from traditional farmhouse cheeses to stunning chocolates to innovative chilli hot toddies!

This website makes it easy to find food tourism businesses in Dumfries and Galloway – those food producers who have created tourism experiences that add richness and flavour to our region’s tourism offering. It also includes a fantastic array of food events, and I’m particularly pleased to see so many exciting food festivals becoming established in our region’s towns.

As a father of young children it’s notable that so many of our region’s visitor attractions are farm based or food producers. Family days out at places like Cream o’ Galloway or the Cocoa Bean Company give children the opportunity to learn about their local food heritage, and, let’s be honest, any excuse to indulge in local luxury ice cream or tasty chocolate is always a treat!

The farmshops and the traditional smokehouses we have in Dumfries and Galloway make our region’s top quality produce very accessible and a real pleasure to explore. When popping in for lunch at Kilnford or Galloway Smokehouse the dedication to quality from our region’s food producers is obvious.

Of course no blog on Dumfries and Galloway’s food and drink would be complete without reference to the latter. We are seeing a resurgence in craft drink production in our region, from the rebirth of the stunning Annandale Distillery to the continued commitment to excellence by the multi-award winning Sulwath Brewers. Both are a treat to visit, for obvious reasons, and at both visitors are encouraged to go behind the scenes and find out more about the craft of drink production.

I would encourage any food business and any local person who is passionate about our region’s larder to get involved in filling this website with information, images and inspiration. The guest blogging section is the place to visit to share your stories, favourite stops, recommendations and foodie passion. By supporting, buying, talking about and, most importantly, enjoying our region’s quality local food and drink we can all help to make Dumfries and Galloway one of Scotland’s top food tourism destinations.

Published by Cllr Colin Smyth on Monday, February 27, 2017 - 17:30