Glenkens set to host au­tumn event

A cel­e­bra­tion of food in the Glenkens is set to take place in the au­tumn.

New Gal­loway Com­mu­nity En­ter­prises has se­cured £5,000 in Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for Glenkens Food Month with a sim­i­lar amount com­ing from the Gal­loway Glens Landscape Part­ner­ship.

En­ter­prise com­mu­nity en­gage­ment worker Sam Rush­ton is work­ing on the plans with sup­port from He­len Keron, the ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer from the part­ner­ship.

Sam said: “It’s great that we’ve got this fund­ing and it’s be­ing match funded by the Gal­loway Glens project. We are putting to­gether a cal­en­dar of events and we’re look­ing at hold­ing it from mid Septem­ber to mid Oc­to­ber.

“It will in­clude things like for­ag­ing, shar­ing recipes and the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing local pro­duc­ers.”

She added: “We’ll also be help­ing them to set up their own small busi­nesses and we hope to have a com­mu­nity c e i l i d h. It is about en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­nity and sus­tain­abil­ity and hope­fully en­cour­ag­ing tourism as well.”

A to­tal of 23 projects across Scotland shared in more than £100,000 in cash from the Holy­rood Gov­ern­ment’s Con­nect Local Re­gional Food Fund.

Ru­ral Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing said: “These grants are be­ing pro­vided in or­der to stim­u­late the growth of these great local food ini­tia­tives and en­cour­age more peo­ple to ap­pre­ci­ate and en­joy our amaz­ing local produce.

“By do­ing so we help our do­mes­tic mar­kets to grow, sup­port local economies and pro­vide con­sumers with ac­cess to healthy, lo­cal­ly­grown produce.”

Food month fans Sam Rush­ton and He­len Keron from New Gal­loway

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