Highland Food Challenge

PEOPLE in the Black Isle are being challenged to join our Highland Food Challenge and sample the best of local eating.

Transition Black Isle is appealing for volunteers willing to change their food habits by discovering the delicious array of seasonal produce available in the area. The challenge involves eating food sourced mainly from the Highlands and encourages participants to Eat Local, Eat Organic, Eat Seasonal and Eat Vegetable. 

It is a great all-season way of eating which will help you learn new recipes, keep healthy and keep the planet in good health as well.

By encouraging participants to seek out local produce and find organic alternatives we aim to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions created by food production and distribution.  Eating British food saves over 150kg a year from our carbon footprint whilst not eating meat just one day per week cuts 180kg a year.

By looking for what’s on our doorstep and eating with the seasons we can re-establish a relationship with our food that has been sidelined in an era of convenience and overconsumption. This challenge is educational and exciting as it is green and as an added incentive, all participants have  a chance of winning some stunning prizes from the Cromarty Pottery!  To find out more about how to take part please phone 01463 731 303.  You can get started as soon as you like, by downloading the Highland Food Challenge Pack and following the sign-up advice it contains.

We would also love to hear from you if you have a local food business as we have compiled a map of where to go for local food and will be updating this with any further relevant businesses submitted to us. Follow the 'Add your business' link on the side bar.

The Highland Food Challenge has so far held two food events; The first, in May was an Asian Cookery Demo with local ingredients. The second in June was providing local food for the Green Fair at Fortrose. The local food included pork from a part wild boar pig reared on Netherton Farm, where one of our community gardens is. It had not travelled more than 25 miles in its life. For the vegetarians and vegans we had eggs from Easter Balmungie farm and carrot and coriander pate. They were all served in bread rolls made by Strathpeffer Artisan Bread washed down with local apple juice from Ryefields Farm at Tore. They were followed by strawberries (which had to come from Stonehaven as the local ones weren't quite ready) served on home made cream scones. This event proved that local food can be really delicious.

If you have a local food recipe to share, please post it in the forum

Additional scoring sheets are now available for download as is the tick sheet.

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