A two-day Food Summit is to be held in Stirling later this month to plan the future of food in the city.
The summit, organised by Forth Environment Link in association with Stirling Council, Forth Valley & Lomond Leader, Soil Association Scotland and Sustainable Food Cities, will take place at Forth Valley College, May 19-20.
The event will bring together a range of local partners and local people interested in how food in the Stirling area is grown, bought, sold, cooked and eaten.
Director of Forth Environment Link, Clara Walker said: “We want to work together to create a new vision for food and drink in the area. At the summit, we’ll be exploring the idea of Stirling as Scotland’s first “Good Food Nation” City: a city with a vibrant and prosperous food economy, nutritious and accessible food for all, sustainable production and distribution systems and a thriving food culture. With the right investment, we believe the Stirling food and drink sector has the potential to deliver positive change for communities and the local economy.”
The first day of the summit will focus on strategy including the launch of Stirling Food Policy Council, a forum aimed at addressing barriers within the local food system and looking at ways to put more local food on local plates.
Delegates will also get the opportunity to visit a local farm enterprise, a community garden or food education project.
Stirlingshire’s new appointed Forth Valley and Lomond Local Food and Drink Co-ordinator, Ashley Robinson said: “We are lucky enough to live in a region where local food is outstanding and varied. We have a vibrant local food system which plays a vital role in the local economy and tourism. I’m looking forward to discussing how we can build on this area of strength, with a view to creating a strategy and action plan that gives local food the priority place it deserves.”
Day two of the summit is open to the community and will celebrate Stirling’s food successes. Local people are encouraged to come along between 10-3pm to share their views about food, taste local produce, meet local food producers and learn some new food skills including foraging for your dinner, bee-keeping and bread making. Book a free place on Eventbrite or contact Forth Environment Link on 01786 449215.