South Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine, has praised Dumfries & Galloway’s high quality food and drink sector following a tour of some of region’s top growers, producers and retailers.
The SNP MSP had been visiting the businesses as part of Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, an annual celebration of Scotland’s produce and those who grow, make, cook and sell it. She was impressed with the range, quality and choice of what’s available.
Commenting, Ms McAlpine says,
“I’ve had such an enjoyable time visiting businesses around the region and meeting some of the people involved in growing, manufacturing and selling our world-class local produce, not to mention sampling some of what’s on offer!
“I learned a lot about local beers and spirits at TB Watson, and stocked up on local Sulwath Beer. TB Watson are one of Dumfries’ oldest businesses, having been operating in the town one way or another for 110 years.
“I then bought a high quality barbecue pack at the award winning JB Houston craft butchers in Dumfries, established in 1950 and now in its third generation.
“I also visited Barony Country Foods, who specialise in smoked fish, game and other specialised products – including the honey and cheese I purchased. I was delighted to learn that two years after their move to Lochmaben, Barony are employing more staff thanks to acquiring a new mail order brand.
“it was a joy to stock up on groceries from the huge range of local produce on sale at The Dumfries Larder and at Broomhouses store in Lockerbie. Family members who visited me that weekend were most impressed!
“A highlight of the fortnight was a visit to the newly refurbished Globe Inn in Dumfries. This historical pub, famously frequented by our national Bard, Rabbie Burns, has undergone major renovations and now boasts a restaurant specialising in high quality local produce, including Galloway beef. New owners, Prof David Thomson and Teresa Church have done a fantastic job with the re-development. It was a privilege to sample their delicious menu.
“Food and drink production is such an important part of our region’s economy, supporting small businesses, employment and tourism. Almost half of Scotland’s dairy production is carried out in Dumfries & Galloway and we boast world-class restaurants, ice cream manufacturers, breweries, smokehouses, fisheries, farmer’s markets and chocolatiers, so I’m keen to do what I can to support them.”
Now in its tenth year, the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight runs until the 15th September. It is co-ordinated by Scotland Food & Drink and supported by the Scottish Government and industry partners.
Images of Joan McAlpine MSP at TB Watson, The Dumfries Larder, JB Houston, and Barony Country Foods