The story of Scotland’s food and drink is the story of Scotland itself.
Our people, our landscape, our communities and our history have all shaped our nation’s larder.
The food and drink that nourishes our nation may have changed across decades and centuries but Scottish food and drink remains an important part of our everyday lives, and an essential ingredient in the experience of visitors to our country.
We are on a search to find Scotland’s most enticing, most delicious and most inspiring food and drink stories. We want to hear about your hidden gems and your treasured memories; your favourite picnic spots and your local food heroes. We invite you to share with us family recipes, photos of your most loved dishes or the food and drink experience you'd most recommend to visitors.
We are particularly interested in stories about locally produced food and drink, today and in the past, as they are remembered by Scotland’s people. We want to uncover Scotland’s food and drink stories and share them with new audiences. In the longer term we hope to create a repository of narrative and images, and we’d love your food stories, memories, recipes and experiences to be part of that.
Our aim is to make Scotland’s rich and diverse food heritage accessible and valued in the lead-in to 2022, the Year of Scotland’s Stories. We also want to capture Scotland’s food and drink stories to unlock our country’s food tourism potential, to help our food, drink and tourism industries recover from the impact of coronavirus.
Food Heritage Scotland is a study being carried out by Lorna Young and Dr Val Bold to explore the importance of heritage in helping to unlock Scotland’s food tourism potential. 2022 has been designated as the Year of Scotland’s Stories, and we would like to see stories about Scotland’s wealth of food and drink feature strongly within those national celebrations.
The story of our food and drink is the story of Scotland itself – the story of our people, our landscape, our communities and our history. We are inviting the people of Scotland to share their personal, local and professional food and drink stories. We are hoping that the information shared in this national survey will help inform the development of the food tourism industry in Scotland, and we are hoping that some of the contributed photos and text will be used in future marketing activity.
The study is supported by the Connect Local Regional Food Fund, which is financed by The Scottish Government, in partnership with industry, and has been created to promote local food and drink, in line with Ambition 2030.