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Record Success and Visitor Numbers for Springfest Loch Lomond

The first ever Springfest Scottish Food & Drink Festival, held at Loch Lomond Shores on 4th & 5th April, has surpassed all expectations.

With the final count of Scottish food and drink related business taking part over the 2 days reaching 69, and many of them having never been to Loch Lomond Shores before, it was an exciting new experience all round.

Visitor figures at the event exceeded all previous attendance records at Loch Lomond Shores, and with nearly 23,000 people using the main car parks plus additional visitors in the overflow areas and local streets, plus those arriving on foot to sample to the fine wines, ales and ciders, it is estimated that nearly 30,000 people visited over the 2 days.

Clare Gemmell, Loch Lomond Shores General Manager, said:

“The feedback over the weekend from visitors and the businesses taking part was very positive indeed.  From setting out to do this once only event, to celebrate the Year of Food & Drink Scotland, it seems like there is a high demand to keep this event in calendar for forthcoming years.

From food tasting, learning about the science behind your taste buds and the great live music from local bands, through to the phenomenal Easter weather, everything just pulled together to showcase Loch Lomond at its very best.”

Springfest is supported as part of Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland.

Notes to Editors:

2015 is the Year of Food and Drink, a celebration of Scotland’s natural larder and the role that food and drink plays in shaping our economic success. 

Events have been asked to sign up to Scotland’s Food Charter which aims is to raise the standard and provenance of food and drink at events to ensure a better visitor experience and, in turn, better word of mouth advertising and repeat business. www.eventscotland.org/assets/show/4076.pdf 

Scotland generates over £2.5m per day through food and drink tourism.

A series of themed months will create an appetite for key areas of Scotland’s food and drink industries – from seafood and whisky to berries and high-quality meat

For more information, visit www.visitscotland.com/foodanddrink 

The Year of Food and Drink funded events programme is managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland. EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. 

 

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