It’s been a while, but now seems like a good time to get the Savours band back together.
Because we think businesses need a safe place to talk with each other in real time.
To bounce ideas around, share experiences and advice, share what’s worked and what hasn’t, have a moan about whatever you want to have a moan about, and generally to socialise and commiserate.
All the best food and drink ideas...
...that have ever been had in this region have happened when people have chatted and sparked off one another. So, that’s what we want to encourage.
There has never been a more important time to be sharing knowledge and ideas
But it’s mighty difficult to have a blether when we’re all social distancing, so thank goodness for the internet.
So, what we’re going to do is organise Zoom parties
If you’re a food or drink business in D&G then you’re warmly invited to take part. We’re organising them in early evening so you can have a drink or two without pretending you’re drinking water or juice.
Savour the Flavours ran as an industry led project, funded by LEADER and Dumfries & Galloway Council, between 2009-2013. It sought to be an organisation that supported the whole spectrum of Dumfries & Galloway’s food and drink industry; working with producers, chefs, retailers, manufacturers, event managers, schools, caterers, market organisers and consumers to help raise awareness of the local produce to be found in Dumfries & Galloway.
Led by food and drink businesses themselves, the organisation created a stronger, more robust and more connected local food and drink industry in Dumfries & Galloway. It also pioneered a food festival called Flavour Fortnight, which highlighted the important economic potential of food tourism, business diversification and collaboration.
A series of independent evaluations concluded that “Savour the Flavours is leading the way and should be highlighted as a model example to others. The organisation has created an exciting and innovative vision for the food and drink sector of Dumfries and Galloway and is empowering the food and drink sector to achieve this vision.”†
Since Savour the Flavours was zipped up in 2013, the core team have continued to collaborate on a range of projects that have helped cement the importance of food and drink to the Dumfries & Galloway economy.
†Savour the Flavours of Dumfries & Galloway Project Evaluation by SAC Food & Drink and MKA Economics.
A weekly online food & drink discussion, social hangout and knowledge sharing event, for D&G businesses.
If you run a food or drink business in Dumfries & Galloway - whether you're a producer, a retailer, a chef, a visitor attraction, a wholesaler - you are invited to take part in this regional discussion.
These will be relatively relaxed online get togethers, this is about social and peer support as much as it is about business survival.
Regional Food & Drink Group Discussion
Our next meeting will focus on discussion regarding how the regional food and drink sector should be supported in the longer term.
Our regional economy is built on small locally owned businesses, many of which are starting to think about how they can restart safely, protect jobs and meet the needs of our communities.
Our survey was designed to help local businesses in the food, drink and hospitality sector understand what you’re looking for as a customer, how you’d prefer to buy in the future and what practical measures would help reassure you as lockdown eases.
Thanks to everyone who completed our survey - here is our full report.Download report
It was Dumfries & Galloway’s regional food organisation which ran from 2009 to 2013 and it was the catalyst for creating a local food culture in this region. We helped businesses get started, hosted food festivals, helped farmers’ markets work together, encouraged collaboration, took businesses to events – lots of good stuff.
No-one, we don’t need funding to talk.
Haven’t decided yet, that’s up to the businesses who take part.
Because food & drink production, hospitality & food service, visitor attractions, independent retailers and food distribution businesses are deeply intertwined in Dumfries & Galloway. It’s all the same industry, connected by supply chains.
We've not planned anything other than zoom meetings at the moment – anything else is entirely up to the industry.
No, but there are general discussion topics. This is as much about connecting and socialising, as it is about work or business – the idea is that these events are very relaxed and informal, with discussion topics decided by those taking part.
If you run a businesses or organisation in Dumfries & Galloway that’s in the food, drink, hospitality, food retail sector, then of course. If you’re from a public agency, a supplier to the sector, a training provider or an organisation seeking to provide services to this sector, then please respect this as an industry-only event. We are creating a safe space for the industry to speak freely amongst itself – no sales pitches please. We will share resulting information and data with relevant agencies and organisations on behalf of the industry, at the industry’s request.
It’s easier than you probably think. Register for one of our events, you’ll receive a link to the meeting by email. When it’s time to join the Zoom party, just click on the link and it should take you right to it. Zoom can be used on laptops, mobiles, ipads – almost every device you can think of. Please remember your device will need to have a microphone and camera to fully take part (if you use a desktop you’ll probably need a webcam accessory). For more information on Zoom, click here.
We might write some blog posts and put them here. Or we might write summaries of key points from the zoom chats so you can refer to them later. Let’s wait and see how this evolves.
For starters, here are our latest press releases and industry feedback papers: