ButeFest backed by ‘Year of Food and Drink’

Tourism minister Fergus Ewing MSP has announced details of the full funding programme for Scotland's Year of Food and Drink.
Tourism minister Fergus Ewing MSP has announced details of the full funding programme for Scotland's Year of Food and Drink.

The first ButeFest music and arts festival is among 27 enticing events set to receive financial support from the Year of Food and Drink campaign.

The festival, taking place in Rothesay from July 17-19, is one of six new names on a list of 27 events in line for funding from the Scottish Government through its year-long celebration of the best Scotland has to eat and drink.

ButeFest aims to combine great live music from the likes of Skerryvore, the Peatbog Faeries, Treacherous Orchestra and Federation of the Disco Pimp with top-quality food and drink, arts and family fun.

Tourism minister Fergus Ewing unveiled the tasty programme, running from June to December, in Inverness on Friday.

Other recipients of Year of Food and Drink support include the Edinburgh Food Festival, Scotland’s Salmon Festival, the Royal Highland Show and Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

Mr Ewing said: “The Year of Food and Drink 2015 has already excited and surprised visitors and locals with many fantastic events showcasing the best of Scotland’s produce. This diverse new programme of mouth-watering events, many of which have been created especially for 2015, will give even more people the chance to enjoy our fabulous produce and help boost the phenomenal success of our world-renowned food and drink sector.”

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Since it started in January, the Year of Food and Drink 2015 has tempted thousands of locals and visitors alike to sample Scotland’s culinary offering, which is fantastic news for the country’s thriving tourism industry. As well as supporting the funded programme, we are also working with a number of events across the country through our Partner Programme to ensure that there are plenty of mouth-watering ways in which people can get involved in this exciting year.

“2015 is the year we use strengths and assets, like our rich natural larder, to take Scotland to the world.”

Scotland Food & Drink Project Manager Fiona Richmond commented: “It is great to see the announcement of further funding for events taking place as part of the Year of Food and Drink programme. This represents invaluable support, helping events to improve their food and drink offering. The Year promotes the fantastic natural larder and talented producers that make Scotland a Land of Food and Drink while building on the tremendous success of our industry and momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland in 2014. What greater opportunity to serve an excellent local food and drink offering to visitors and Scottish residents alike.”

All funded events will now go through a workshop to help develop their Scottish and local food and drink offering and enhance the visitor experience.

A total of £272,825 has now been dedicated to events funded as part of the Year of Food and Drink. The event fund is administered by VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

The Community Food Fund, which is managed by Think Local on behalf of the Scottish Government, has contributed £150K towards the overall fund for 2015.