On 14 July, Scotland Europa, in partnership with the Scottish Government EU Office and the East of Scotland European Consortium (ESEC), welcomed over 150 people to Scotland House in Brussels, for a summer reception.
This saw invited guests from the European Commission, European Parliament (MEPs and staff), representations of Scotland’s partner regions and nations, and partner organisations in Brussels, in particular those representing the food and drink sector – all come to Scotland’s shared representative premises in Brussels to discover more about Scotland’s exceptional natural larder during this thematic year.
This event was organised as part of a series of activities to promote and position Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink at EU level. It provided the opportunity to showcase the very best of local Scottish produce, sourced from Galloway to Lerwick and from Stornoway to Arbroath.
Through the Scotland Food & Drink network a number of local suppliers were contacted to provide quality produce to cater the event including; St. James Smokehouse, Braehead Foods, Summer House Drinks, Craft Beer Clan Scotland, Innis and Gunn and a number of local suppliers from the East of Scotland brought together by ESEC. The well received array of produce ranged from Stornoway Black Pudding, haggis and buffalo to a variety of cheese, desserts and fresh berries.
Scottish chef Jamie Scott; winner of the BBC programme Masterchef: The Professionals 2014 also provided his insights on what makes Scotland a Land of Food and Drink.
Scotland Europa, and our partners, will continue to position the Year of Food and Drink during a number of further activities in Scotland House throughout the year.