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NFU Mutual’s Inspirational Young Person Award 2018

Entries and nominations are being sought for a new award that recognises the incredible talent and dedication being shown by Scotland’s young people within the food and drink sector.

This brand-new award is designed to bring out the inspirational stories of young people aged between 16 and 26 who own, work or study within businesses in the food and drink sector, and are driving success within the Scottish food and drink industry.

The winners of the ‘NFU Mutual and Scotland Food & Drink Inspirational Young Person Award 2018’ will be announced during Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight in September 2018 as part of the Year of Young People celebrations. The award aims to highlight not only the enormous contribution that young people make to Scotland’s food and drink businesses, but also the importance of the sector to the wider economy.

 

Enter here: http://fooddrinkfort.scot/get-involved/nfu-mutuals-inspirational-young-person-award-2018/ 

NFU Mutual and Scotland Food & Drink encourage young people to enter new award

Entries and nominations are being sought for a new award that recognises the incredible talent and dedication being shown by Scotland’s young people within the food and drink sector.

Last month, specialist food and drink insurer, NFU Mutual, joined forces with industry leadership organisation, Scotland Food & Drink, to create a brand-new award, designed to bring out the inspirational stories of young people aged between 16 and 26 who own, work or study within businesses in the food and drink sector, and are driving success within the Scottish food and drink industry.

The winners of the ‘NFU Mutual and Scotland Food & Drink Inspirational Young Person Award 2018’ will be announced during Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight in September 2018 as part of the Year of Young People celebrations. The award aims to highlight not only the enormous contribution that young people make to Scotland’s food and drink businesses, but also the importance of the sector to the wider economy.

Brian Lochhead, Sales Development Consultant with NFU Mutual, said:

“As I travel throughout Scotland representing NFU Mutual, I frequently see how integral young people are to Scotland’s food and drink sector. Whether it be in primary production, utilising their skills to develop modern and appealing graphics and packaging or serving some of Scotland’s iconic products in our fantastic restaurants, young people thoroughly deserve a recognised place in our country’s food and drink story.”

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said:

“With this being the Year of Young People, I was incredibly keen that we afforded young people even greater recognition by working with NFU Mutual to seek out the most inspiring young foodies in Scotland. Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight this year will be a celebration not only of Scotland’s wonderful produce and outstanding producers but also of those people under the age of 26 who are helping to secure an exciting future for the food and drink industry in Scotland.

“I very much encourage employers, tutors, colleagues, customers or young people themselves to nominate any individual who is worthy of recognition for the way in which they contribute to Scotland’s worldwide reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.”

How to Enter

The NFU Mutual and Scotland Food & Drink Inspirational Young Person Award 2018 is open for entries until 31st July 2018, with winners announced in September 2018. Entries, which should comprise the submission of up to 750 words, can be submitted online at http://fooddrinkfort.scot/get-involved/nfu-mutuals-inspirational-young-person-award-2018/ or by clicking the relevant button on http://fooddrinkfort.scot/. Any individual between the ages of 16 and 26 who owns, works, or studies within a food and drink related business, organisation or institution can be nominated or enter on their own behalf. The winner will receive £500, with the second and third place finalists receiving £300 and £200 respectively.

Search is on for East Lothian super tasters

Food lovers in East Lothian can now put their taste buds to the ultimate test by becoming the first to try out new food and drink products before they hit the supermarket shelves.

The Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation at Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh is looking for eager foodies to join the QMU Food & Drink Consumer Tasting Panel during the year ahead.

The Centre works with a broad range of food and drink businesses to help them to develop new and innovative products, reformulate existing products and carry out consumer focus groups and taste panels.

Taste panel members get the unique opportunity to try out a range of new food and drink products for the first time, including meat, fish, confectionery, juices, dairy products, vegetables and desserts.

Taste panels usually last around 20 to 30 minutes and participants provide views on a number of food and drink products in terms of aroma, appearance, texture and flavour.

People taking part in the QMU Food & Drink Consumer Tasting Panel are rewarded after each session attended with either an Amazon or M&S voucher.

Louise Boyd, Food Technologist at the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation at QMU, said: “This is a great opportunity for Scottish food lovers to help develop the latest food and drink products and get rewarded at the same time.

“QMU’s Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation is enhancing Scotland’s position as a leader in food and drink innovation in Europe and supporting access to the global market for healthy and functional food.

“Through practical innovation support and creative business solutions, QMU is helping Scotland’s leading food and drink businesses with new and innovative product development and analysis; as well as the development of leading edge functional, health enhancing products and ingredients and formulation of existing products.”

For more information QMU Food & Drink Consumer Tasting Panel and to sign up, contact Louise Boyd at QMU, T: 0131 474 000, E: LBoyd@qmu.ac.uk

 

March Organisation of the Month: Roots and Fruits

Roots and Fruits is a Tranent based social enterprise which aims to engage with local people and promote the benefits of healthy eating through access to education and affordable fresh produce.

You can find them roots and fruitsat a number of community venues throughout the week as detailed in this table.

Additionally, the group offer to a delivery service of their £5 and £10 fruit and veg boxes.  Orders can be placed via their Facebook page, through their website or by telephone 01875 811003

 

Get Fresh at Haddington Farmers’ Market on 30 January, 2016

The first spring blossoms might seem a long ways off in these grey days of January, so do yourself a favour and add some freshness to your plate for that extra boost of Vitamin D to see you through the winter months. Natural foods high in vitamin D include fish oils, fatty fish, mushrooms, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks.

Crops might grow slowly in these dark days of winter but, thanks to our mild maritime climate, many farmers and producers keep the harvest coming. Between the array of fresh pickings you can enjoy leeks, cabbages, spinach, root veg, watercress, lettuce, coarsely, chervil – making sure that your winter menus are anything but barren.

Winter has a lot going for it, but fresh produce is usually not on that list. In colder climates, eating locally through the winter can be downright challenging. But we’re here with some good news: Every meal doesn’t have to revolve around potatoes and onions, even though they are delicious and are the maintain stay of many recipes. With a bit of advanced planning and creativity, it’s possible to eat fresh fruits and vegetables with plenty of nutrients and flavour all winter long.

goody-bag-lootThe main reasons for local, seasonal produce tasting good are that it’s grown in optimum conditions and it’s fresher because it reaches you sooner after being harvested and the stallholders at HFM are the growers themselves so pass on great cooking tips.

As each year ends, a new season arrives, together with a supply of fresh ingredients that offer you comfort from the cold. From hardy root vegetables to bright, sweet citrus, winter produce delivers a surprising range of flavours for you to enjoy with family and friends.

Haddington Farmers’ Market has over 20 stalls offering the best local food and drink and set against the wonderful backdrop of Court Street.  The market attracts a loyal following, as well as appealing to day trippers.  The stalls provide a huge variety of fresh, local and healthy produce for your everyday needs, for treats or as a gift.  Particularly popular are our fresh and smoked fish; free-range meats and venison; bread; deli products; three cheese stalls; beer and apple juices.  You’ll also find fruit and vegetables, chutneys and jams, cakes, eggs, honey and bespoke wooded crafts.

Haddington Farmers’ Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month at Court Street, Haddington, from 9am-1pm. There is ample free parking behind Court Street and the market is a great venue from which to explore the market town of Haddington.

The January Haddington Farmers’ Market takes place on Saturday 30 January, 2016.

Beetroot Brownies Recipes

Brighten up your plate and your palate with Beetroot brownies:

Ingredients

  • 500g whole raw beetroot (3-4 medium beets)
  • 100g unsalted butter, plus extra for the tin
  • 200g bar plain chocolate (70% cocoa)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder

Method

  1. Wear a pair of rubber gloves to stop your hands from staining, then top, tail and peel the beetroot – you’ll need about 400g flesh. Roughly chop and put into a large bowl. Add a splash of water, cover with cling film, then microwave on High for 12 mins or until tender.
  2. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. While the beetroot cooks, butter then line a 20 x 30cm traybake or small roasting tin. Roughly chop the chocolate and cut the butter into cubes. Tip the cooked beetroot into a sieve, drain off any excess liquid, then put into a food processor or blender with the chocolate, butter and vanilla. Whizz until the mix is as smooth as you can get it. The chocolate and butter will melt as you do this.
  3. Put the sugar and eggs into a large bowl, then beat using an electric hand whisk until thick, pale and foamy, about 2 mins. Spoon the beetroot mix into the bowl (it won’t look too pretty at this stage, but bear with me), then use a large metal spoon to fold it into the whisked eggs. Try to conserve as much air in the mixture as you can. Sift in the flour and cocoa powder, then gently fold these in to make a smooth batter.
  4. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 25 mins or until risen all over, with just the merest quiver under the centre of the crust when you shake the pan. Cool completely in the tin, then cut into squares.