Food Forum to visit two Mearns businesses

Grampian Food Forum is hosting an awareness visit to Andrew Gordon Butchery and Fine Foods in Stonehaven and to the Castleton Farm Shop and Café at Fordoun on Wednesday, September 7.

The visit provides an opportunity for companies to get behind-the-scenes and learn more about the businesses.

Butcher and owner Andrew Gordon is always happy to meet with existing and potential new suppliers who offer something different, and will give delegates an overview of the business as well as a tour of the Stonehaven butchery and shop.

Castleton Farm is a family run business owned by the Mitchell family. Delegates will tour the shop and café, followed by a short drive to the farm and packing store where they will get an overview on the fruit growing business and the new packing facilities.

Andrew Gordon said: “In current times it is important to have an open door to the public and organisations like The Grampian Food Forum, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Council to show and educate people on what we do and to be able to answer questions freely as they come.”

Places are limited to one person per company and priority will be given to food and drink producers from Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen and Moray.

Councillor Peter Argyle, chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, said: “The food and drink industry is so important to the north east, and it is wonderful that local businesses are prepared to show others in the industry how they run their business and hopefully provide invaluable insight that would be of benefit to others.”

Councillor Jill Webster, vice chair of the committee, said: “This event provides a unique opportunity to see a side of the industry that is usually kept behind doors. The understanding that other companies or those who represent the food and drink industry could gain from this is something I would encourage people to take full advantage of.”