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Banffshire food and drink purveyors come together to support local growth

By Grant Milne

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The Smiddy in Banff provided a host venue.
The Smiddy in Banff provided a host venue.

BANFFSHIRE-based businesses have come together for a fact-finding trip into supporting growth within the food and drink tourism sector.

The Banffshire Coast Learning Journey - arranged by Aberdeenshire Council and Opportunity North East (ONE) - gave participants an opening to learn about each other's businesses and analyse which services and activities are available in the area.

The aim was for businesses to have increased opportunities to come together, and potentially collaborate on food tourism strategies.

Participants took in several local tourist attractions, including Macduff Marine Aquarium, The Smiddy in Banff, along with food and drink producers such as Summerhouse Drinks in Rosehearty and Macduff Distillery, along with the hospitality sector's Davron Hotel in Rosehearty.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Regeneration and Town Centres Manager, Christine Webster, said: “It was important that businesses from our wonderful food and drink sector joined together to share experiences and develop a strong working relationship to drive forward tourism in the North-east.

“I would like to thank all our hosts for making themselves available throughout the day and also all those businesses who participated and provided a real insight into the food and drink and tourism sectors.

Isabel Foy, food and drink tourism project manager with ONE, added: “Visitors, both local and international, increasingly choose locations with interesting and unique food and drink offerings.

“We believe the personal relationships and understanding built on the day will help create exciting collaborations and draw visitors.

"Under our LEADER-funded project we aim to help build a core of quality food and drink attractions, so that the North-east becomes known for its food experiences that help grow the sales of local food and drink producers and the wider tourism sector.”

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