21 August 2015 – Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink: Food Charter for Events

Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015,  a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland and Scotland Food & Drink, aims to promote the country’s ‘natural larder’ and its quality produce to visitors from home and abroad. For example, this  included the inaugural Edinburgh Food Festival (10-12 August) but what is particularly noteworthy is The Food Charter for Events. This involves organisers signing up to:

1. Provide food that offers value for money
2. Build relationships and work with Scottish producers and suppliers to support the local economy
3. Ensure food providers have a food offering that makes the most of the produce in season using fresh, local, sustainable and nutritionally-balanced produce and highlighting healthy options where available
4. Ensure food providers describe the provenance of food on menus and in marketing materials, highlighting healthy options where available
5. Ensure food providers highlight regional specialities and traditional Scottish dishes, so that visitors to events know they are enjoying a uniquely Scottish experience
6. Ensure providers use food that is sourced from sustainable stocks
7. Ensure food provided meets European Union legal standards for food hygiene and food standards and strive for excellence by implementing standards such as the Eat Safe Award
8. Aim for zero waste by recycling food waste and packaging.
There is also a range of additional resources available and a set of Benchmark Standards. It’s worth a look.