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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 – 20th 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.
11th & 14th October – Gardening Session, Stirling University,
11th October, 10:00 - 16:00 - Plant a Tree & Gardening session
14th October, 14:00 - 16:00 - Gardening Sessions
• 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.
12th - 20th 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 £17. Children under 12 are free.
11th October, Make Your Own Wild Cocktails, Forth Inn - Aberfoyle, 19:00 - 21:30
£10- £25, over 18s only (pre-booking required)
• Using locally foraged wild ingredients we will craft some cocktails and try them with some delicious samples from some of our local food producers, care of Neighbourfood market. Afterward enjoy your cocktail whilst watching a Taiko drumming performance.More about the Taiko drumming: We are pleased to showcase a taiko performance by some of the members Mugenkyo, the UK's only professional Taiko drummers. They can be found performing at events such as the special olympics ceremony, film openings, the grandprix, BBC proms amongst others.
12th October, Stirling Farmers' Market, Port St. Stirling, 10:00 - 16:00
• Buy locally made produce from the Forth Valley, and from across Scotland, at the Stirling Farmers’ Market. Some local vendors selling at the market include jams and chutneys from Perthshire Preserves (Stirling), sourdough bread and pastry from Riverside Bakery CIC (Stirling), and some sweet treats from Ochil Fudge (Alloa), Strathearn Cheese (Comrie) and more.
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.
11th - 20th October, Local Food promotions at The Smiddy, The Smiddy Farm Shop in Blair Drummond, 09:00 - 17:00
• Stop by the Smiddy Farm Shop & Butchery in Blair Drummond to browse, taste, and shop local! They will be running promotions in the butchery and cafe throughout the Forth Valley Food Festival to highlight their love for local. In the butchery, they are promoting local beef (from Lochfield Farm, Doune) and lamb from Grassmainston Farm, Clackmannan. There is also promotions on Old Leckie Eggs (Gargunnock) on the breakfast and lunch menu and in the shop, plus Monument Honey (Stirling) in the shop too. The Deli will be promoting cheese from the Strathearn Cheese Company, Comrie.
11th - 15th October, Seasonal Sourdough, Riverside Bakery CIC, Various locations to buy
• Pumpkin bread or spiced apple buns anyone? Riverside Bakery CIC, Stirling's own sourdough bakery-by-bicycle is participating in this year's Food Festival by offering a range of special seasonal and local products!
Available at the Stirling Farmers' Market on Oct 12th, or via the Stirling Neighbourfood weekly online local food market (pre-order Oct 11th-15th for pick-up on the 17th) throughout the Festival period.
13th October, Tomnah'a Market Garden tour, Tomnah'a Farm at Comrie Croft - Comrie, 11:00 - 12:00, Free
• Come visit Tomnah'a Market Garden in Comrie for a guided tour around their Market Garden - describing how they farm and some of the tools and techniques they use, and how they sell directly to their members. Come through the gate at the top of their field, and meet by the flower shed (first shed you come to).
Tomnah'a is a beautiful and bountiful Market Garden run by Cristy, Sam, Judith and a mighty crew of dedicated and brilliant volunteers. They grow delicious, fresh and vibrant produce including; breathtaking cut flowers, eggs from woodland free-ranging hens, a huge variety of vegetable, herbs, berries and more. By enriching and regenerating soil fertility they work in partnership with nature using wildlife friendly growing methods to increase biodiversity and resilient long term productivity. Farm tour is an informal guided tour, no need to book but please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
19th & 20th October, October Chilli Feast & Film, Film Screening, Dinner & Discussion, The Old Mill Restaurant - Killearn>
£25 (pre-booking required) 19:30 - Oct 19th & 17:00 - Oct 20th
• The Old Mill Restaurant at Killearn have teamed up with local farm Foragers Foods, and filmmaker Zev Robinson, to create a unique evening film screening and dinner experience, held in the Old Mill's enchanting yurt. Diners will be treated to a screening of Zev's documentary 'The Great British Chilli' - a film reflecting on the evolution of food over the last couple of decades in the UK. The film has recently been re-edited to include Foragers Foods, a farm growing chillies near Killearn.
The film will be followed by a special three course locally-sourced menu, designed to show how mild chillies can be used to enhance the flavour of a dish without overpowering it. Film maker Zev Robinson, Old Mill owner Alice Silverwood, and Foragers farmer Gary McAlpine will also be on hand for a panel discussion. Watch the trailer here, and book below:
12th & 19th October, Forage for your Pizza - Gartur Stitch Farm, Port of Menteith, 15:30 - 19:00
£25, under-16s £15 (pre-booking required)
• Come learn how to forage in the woods with us and enjoy a woodfired pizza made with your finds.
After meeting at the farm, we will head straight out into the woods and fields to explore seasonal Scottish wild food. Our walk starts down the hedgerow, were we will look at common hedgerow plants that make excellent additions to the kitchen. Depending on the season, that may be sloes, blackberries, cherries, yarrow, hogweed, plaintain, rosehips, and many more. We will then go into the forest to hunt for edible mushrooms. We will cover only those mushrooms that are easily identified and with no close non-edible lookalikes. While in the woods, we will talk about where to forage and the laws around foraging in Scotland.
We won't just cover food uses, on our walk, we will also cover some medicinal herbs and plants that are used for natural dyeing.
We will head back to our farm (by way of the herb garden and polytunnel) where we will use our finds to make delicious wood fired sourdough pizzas to enjoy together.
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