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Harvest festival comes to Scotland as dates released for autumnal food celebration

A two-week celebration of all the foodie goodness to come out of Scotland will be launched next month.

Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2014 will be delivered by the industry leadership organisation Scotland Food & Drink, and will take place from 6 - 21 September showcasing the delicious wares enjoyed by Scotland's larder.

The focus of this year's foodie fiesta is to introduce the public to new food adventures and will include food and drink events, cookery demonstrations, promotions and offers from Scotland's largest food and drink companies to its local craft producers.

Some of this year's major events include:

Best of the West Festival 13/14 September

Set on the banks of Loch Fyne, this event offers a family friendly day out where visitors can enjoy the very best food from Argyll while sampling some excellent musical performances. For whisky lovers there is the Loch Fyne whisky bar where they can have a dram of the finest refreshment this area has to offer.

Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival 6/7 September

The festival takes place at the idyllic Loch Lomond Shores and aims to showcase small artisan producers with big personalities. From Scottish chilies to gourmet dog treats this event has it all for food lovers and their four-legged friends.

Huntly Hairst Food and Farming Festival 6/7 September

The small Aberdeenshire town of Huntly has played host to the Huntly Hairst Food and Farming festival for the past 11 years. This event features a farmers' market where visitors can even get into the competitive spirit by taking part in the annual World Stovie Championship.

City of Elgin Food and Drink Festival 20 September

Elgin's annual food and drink festival has exciting cookery demonstrations using locally sourced produce, to give visitors ideas and inspiration to spice up their menus at home with the best Scottish food.

Taste Ayrshire - dates TBC

Ayrshire is a must visit destination for all foodies. Guests will be entertained while sampling the area's finest produce. This great family day out gives guests the opportunity to meet top quality food producers and enjoy cookery demonstrations.

Dundee Flower and Food Festival 5/6 and 7 September

Last year saw thousands of locals and tourists flock to Camperdown Park for a day full of flowers and food goodies. This year is set to be even bigger with chefs like Nick Nairn and Paul Rankin in the cooking spotlight.

Living Food at Cawdor Castle 20 September

Living Food at Cawdor Castle gives guests a chance to sample the best produce the Highlands has to offer. Set in the picturesque grounds of the castle, this event looks as good as it tastes!

Created to highlight the healthy, locally sourced food and drink available from Scotland's natural larder the 2014 Fortnight aims to be the biggest yet.

The festival will also act as an introduction to the Scottish Government's 2015 Year of Food and Drink celebrations.

To learn more about Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight  visit: www.scottishfoodanddrinkfortnight.co.uk

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