Food expert Wendy Barrie will host the networking event.

Fife based food expert Wendy Barrie will host a networking event for rural food and drink producers at the Scottish Food Studio, Aberdour on Wednesday 26 February (10am-1pm).

The event, organised by charity Forth Environment Link, will give local food businesses the chance to network and find out more about NeighbourFood – a click and collect farmers’ market network, giving small producers a safe and flexible route to market. 

Thanks to funding from LEADER and Transport Scotland, Forth Environment Link is helping to set up 8 regional NeighbourFood markets across Scotland. Two markets were started in 2019 in Blairgowrie and Balfron, with a further two markets expected to launch in Perthshire this April.

The project follows the success of Stirling’s NeighbourFood market, which Forth Environment Link has run for the past 3 years.

Stuart Guzinski of Forth Environment Link said: “Whether you are a start-up or an established producer and want to learn more, this networking event offers the chance to make connections and gather information informally over refreshments and local bites. Come along and hear how NeighbourFood can help you sell more, while connecting you with your local community. We’ll discuss our success in Stirling and show how our network helps tackle food and environmental issues by cutting food waste and reducing food miles.”

Wendy Barrie will also speak about local food tourism and share her experience as creator of The Scottish Food Guide and Scottish Cheese Trails. 

Speaking ahead of the event, she said: “It’s a great opportunity for local producers to connect with more potential customers, and an enjoyable way to network and look at fresh ideas for marketing.”

The event is open to all producers and to any organisations with an interest in setting up their own NeighbourFood market. 

For further information contact Stephanie Stapleton Barnes, Project Officer: Stephanie@forthenvironmentlink.org

Book your free space on the event here.