About 2500 Scottish schools have been invited to enter the spirit of Scottish Food Fortnight (1-17 September) by taking part in a Scottish harvest festival.

Pupils will be asked to bring in examples of Scottish-grown or Scottish-produced food to encourage them to think about where food comes from and whether it is Scottish, said Wendy Hamilton, Scottish Food Fortnight organiser.

“The aim is to encourage children to make the connection between the geography and climate of our countryside and how that affects what grows here.

“We want the kids to think about the seasons, what foods are available in which months of the year, and why,” said Ms Hamilton.

Food miles

Pupils will also be taught the importance of reducing the number of miles food travels before it reaches their plates.

The children will be asked to work out the number of food miles in their evening meal and how many food miles could be saved by buying locally-grown food from Scotland.

Ross Finnie, rural affairs minister, will officially launch Scottish Food Fortnight at Glamis Castle in Angus on Friday, 1 September.

The annual event, initiated and funded by the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust (SCAET), celebrates the best of Scotland’s produce, from meat, fish and game to fruit and vegetables, dairy, beer and whisky.

More than 300 food businesses from every corner of Scotland will take part in this year’s national campaign to promote the nation’s finest food and drink.

For more information about how you can take part in Scottish Food Fortnight phone 01436 679 882 or visit Scottishfoodfortnight.co.uk

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