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Monday, February 29th 2016

Discover the Taste: Developing Our Local Food & Drink

10:00 - 18:00

This FREE event in Helensburgh on Monday 29 February from 10 am - 4pm is delivered by specialists with extensive experience working with both the Food & Drink and Tourism sectors and will introduce ideas and opportunities to develop and deliver food and drink based offerings.

Local Food & Drink Producers shall also be exhibiting their produce and shall be present to network with the attendees.

If you wish to attend please register your attendance at the event by email to


10.00 Registration & Food Producers Exhibition

10.15 – 10.30 Welcome

10.30 – 10.45 Setting the Scene – Why is local food & drink important

10.45 – 11.15 Case Study:  Johnny Aitken – Riverhill Courtyard, Helensburgh

11.15 – 11.30 Business Opportunities:  Moira Forsyth, Innovation Team, Scottish Enterprise

11.30 – 11.45 Morning Break 

11.45 – 12.45 Breakout Sessions: 

1) Menu Planning - Aim: to get delegates to discuss and consider how they could develop menus with distinctive Loch Lomond/Argyll flavours that highlight local producers. 

2) Social Media –Best practice examples and ideas on how to use social media to tell stories around food and drink, and ways to engage with customers and relevant audiences, using case study examples from local businesses and beyond.

3) “Telling the Stories” session discussing how businesses can most effectively promote their use of local produce and bring the stories behind it to life.

12.45 – 13.00 Morning Round Up

13.00 – 14.15 Lunch & exhibition

14.15 – 14.45 Case Study: Anne Mulhern, The Willow Tea Rooms, Glasgow

14.45 – 15.15 Local Events/Festivals – Presentation and discussion

15.15 – 15.50 Ask the panel. Q&A Session.

15.50 – 16.00 Conclusions and close.

Find more details on our Business Blog.