Taste of things to come in Borders

The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival got off to an Absolutely Fabulous start today with comic genius Jennifer Saunders!''Photograph by Lloyd Smith/Writer Pictures''WORLD RIGHTS
The Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival got off to an Absolutely Fabulous start today with comic genius Jennifer Saunders!''Photograph by Lloyd Smith/Writer Pictures''WORLD RIGHTS

Borders Book Festival has been awarded £10,000 by VisitScotland and the Community Food Fund for an event that will form part of the Year of Food and Drink.

With a focus on ‘thinking local’, Borders Book Festival, which takes place between June 11-14, is one of the UK’s most prestigious and respected literary events. Previous programmes have featured Booker Prize winners, great biographers and historians with authors from all over the world.

To celebrate the Year of Food and Drink, the festival will host a new area that will profile produce from across the region and from Scotland and increase awareness of locally-sourced food and drink.

Led by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, the Year of Food and Drink aims to increase and promote Scottish produce across the tourism sector and enhance Scotland’s global reputation as a land of food and drink.

Scotland’s outstanding natural larder will be showcased over the next 12 months at events the length and breadth of the country, including special events supported through a dedicated £265,000 fund aimed at raising awareness of the role food and drink plays in the country’s cultural identity and in shaping the nation’s economic success.

Alistair Moffat, Festival Director said; “For 2015 the Borders Book Festival plans to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink with a diet of literary feasts under a menu headed ‘Eat Your Words’. In the guise of Meg Dods, Walter Scott wrote a cook book and we will sample that as well as invite a number of well-known chefs and food writers to look at what’s best in Borders produce. For the reading and eating public we will close St Mary’s Road in Melrose and fill it with street food stalls. A Borders banquet awaits!”

Paula McDonaldof VisitScotland, added: “The Borders’ reputation for quality food and drink is increasing and the Year of Food and Drink is a chance, not just for visitors to sample the best of our natural larder, but for people in Scotland to learn more about what is on our doorstep.

“The Borders Book Festival is just a taste of what the Year of Food and Drink can offer visitors from far and wide. Last year was all about welcoming the world, this year is an opportunity to build on that momentum and use key strengths, like our world-famous food and drink, to take Scotland to the world.”