Argyll hosts national food tourism event

Taste for Tourism started as a conversation a year ago, captured the imagination of many and this month (3-5 November) it became a reality in the Year of Food and Drink 2015.

The national food tourism event, held in Oban and delivered in partnership between Argyll & The Isles Tourism and Food From Argyll with support from VisitScotland, Argyll & Bute Council, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and CalMac, was designed to inspire Scottish tourism and food businesses and ask the question – has Scotland got what it takes to become a global food tourism destination?

The event featured an exciting programme of food and drink tourism activity with international speakers Rebecca Mackenzie, Executive Director of the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance and Camille Chamard, Professor and Director of the Pau-Bayonn, Institute for Business Management.

The day comprised a number of presentations, panel discussions and workshops. VisitScotland’s Head of Global Brand & Marketing Communications, Helen Campbell, facilitated two workshops based on our future marketing plans and Taste Our Best and how food and drink and tourism businesses could get involved.

Around the conference there were flavour tours, taking in food and drink businesses throughout the region giving delegates the opportunity to see best practise in the industry and network with like-minded businesses.

The conference concluded with a networking reception offering samples of local speciality and foraged food and drink, and then an Argyll Born and Bred dining extravaganza with chef Mike Knowles in the Argyllshire Gathering Halls and closing with some music and entertainment from local band, Skipinnish.

If you would like to understand more about maximising the opportunities around using locally sourced Scottish produce then find out about Taste Our Best now. 
Categories: Argyll & the Isles


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