Food, Drink & Tourism Week – best bites!

In recent years much work has been done to
enhance Scotland’s food and drink experience for visitors and locals.

The sector is worth £14.4 billion per year, so it’s no surprise that food and drink has been classed as a priority. Tourism too is a key industry within the Scottish economy, and in 2017 readers of Rough Guides chose Scotland as the world’s most popular and beautiful visitor destination.

With this in mind the STEP team planned a
programme of business support events for the food, drink, and tourism sectors in the first week of February. Here’s some of the best bites!

Interior Design
Jane Nelson from Jane Nelson
Interiors kicked off the week with an Interior Design workshop, providing advice to business owners about
designing their space. Jane advised attendees to set a realistic budget, to really think about layout – and to involve staff:

“The first thing to think about is your entrance. It’s the first impression of your business, so it’s important to get it right,” Jane said.

She also advised sitting in every seat before opening, because if you don’t like it, then neither will your customers!

Menu Design
Chris Naylor, Managing Director of
Stirling business Bespoke Catering & Events shared his expert knowledge whilst delivering a Menu Design

Bespoke’s team pride themselves on exquisite food.

Chris’ top tips are:
Keep it simple – have a 8-10 item main course.
Seasonality – it matters, but it’s not as important as it used to be.
Look at what your competitors are

There’s nothing wrong with a steak pie – as long as it’s done right!
Customers like to stick to what 
they know.

Chefs of the Future
Our third Chefs of the Future event, held in Forth Valley College’s Gallery
Restaurant, was all about
celebrating hospitality stars of the
future. Business representatives from the local food and drink sector, turned out to sample mocktails and three courses of delightful dishes, made by Stirling’s hospitality students.

Meet The Producers
During Food, Drink & Tourism Week earlier this month, we celebrated the fantastic local produce from the Forth Valley and helped local
suppliers meet local stockists.

Held at Gartmore House we welcomed nine fantastic food and drink producers; Trossachs Pie and Pastry Company, Campbell’s Bakery, Perthshire Preserves, Saturn 5 Coffee, Stirling’s Malt Whisky Agency, Strathallan Oats, Maley’s Artisan Chocolates and The Extraordinary Sausage Company.

Kelvin Sim from Dunns Food and Drinks spoke about the benefits of the
wholesale market, providing top tips for businesses looking to expand their reach.

Thanks to everyone that joined us for Food, Drink & Tourism Week. We look forward to seeing you again in 2019!



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