|Forth Valley Food Festival Website|
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Running October 11th – 20th, the Festival aims to highlight the tastes of our local food landscape, connect visitors and residents to local food, and support our local food economy.
Activites and events will vary across the region - with opportunities to sample and buy local products, listen to the stories of how our food goes from field to folk, and experience food production up close. There are a mix of participating businesses, communities and organisations who are local food producers, processors, providers and supporters. No matter what type of participant, all have the common focus on high quality, seasonal, and locally sourced food.
12th – 27th October, Arnprior Pumpkins, various times (pre-booking required)
• Pick your own pumpkin, get lost in the kale maze, and climb bale mountain. Throughout the week there will be food trucks and coffee vans to keep you fuelled! Pumpkins from £5. Pre-booking of parking spots required (on the website), no entrance fee.
11th - 15th October - Stirling NeighbourFood, online local food market open for purchases
• Buying local couldn't be easier! Try out the regions' online ‘click and collect’ local food market, Neighbourfood, run by Forth Environment Link. Pre-order your locally produced staples - everything from bread, jam, cheese, dairy, eggs, meat and veg - online from Oct 11th - 15th, for pick-up at Made in Stirling at 44 King street on October 17th (16:30 - 18:30).
12th October, Stirling Farmers' Market - 10.00am - 4.00pm, Port street, Stirling
• Buy locally made produce from the Forth Valley. Some local vendors selling at the market include jams and chutneys from Perthshire Preserves (Stirling based), sourdough bread and pastry from Riverside Bakery CIC (Stirling based), and some sweet treats from Ochil Fudge (Alloa based), and more.
14th & 17th October – Gardening Session, Stirling University, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
• Did you know that the Green and Blue Space, part of the University of Stirlings' Students Union, has a beautiful organic community garden right on campus? Join co-ordinator Matt and other volunteers for a drop-in gardening session that is open to all.
11th - 18th October - Meet the Goats, Gartur Stitch Farm, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (pre-booking required)
• Meet the Goats and the other animals of Gartur Stitch Farm in Port of Menteith. This farm tour begins with sampling pastry or sourdough bread, all made in the farm kitchen from local ingredients mostly grown or foraged on the farm. Participants then head to the barn, to hand milk Dascha - the farms' dairy goat - and hand feed the flock of rarebreed Soay sheep. Online booking required. Adults £15. Children under 12 are free.
17th October - Stirling Neighbourfood collection, Made in Stirling, 4.30 pm - 6.30pm
• Come pick up your pre-ordered local goodies at Stirling High school, 16:30pm - 18.30pm. Neighbourfood Stirling, the online ‘click and collect’ local food market run by Forth Environment Link, is open every week. Purchase your local food - bread, jam, cheese, dairy, eggs, meat, veg and more - via this online market, open Thursdays - Tuesdays for following Thursday pick-up at Made in Stirling, located at 44 King street.
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