Cash boost on menu for MoFest

Last year's headliners Status Quo
Last year's headliners Status Quo

Montrose Music Festival has been given a cash boost for a new local food and drink aspect this year to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink.

MoFest, which will receive £5,000, will take place from May 22 to 24 and feature more than 200 gigs across 26 venues across the town.

The funding will allow the MoFest team to host an outdoor market featuring delicious Scottish produce.

It is the Angus event selected to receive a windfall for the Year of Food and Drink 2015. Now in its eighth year, the festival was among those to receive a share of a £265,000 fund managed by VisitScotland’s event directorate, EventScotland.

The Year of Food and Drink event fund, which includes £150,000 contributed by the Community Food Fund, is dedicated to special events staged during the 12 month celebration of Scotland’s natural larder.

Anne Jenkins, secretary for Montrose Music Festival, said: “MoFest is delighted to be part of the Year of Food and Drink. For a few years we have been looking to add another aspect to the festival and this is the perfect opportunity for us to work with local producers and expand the culinary experience.

“This year we will be creating a ‘Market Street’ area offering fresh produce to be enjoyed in our relaxed, al fresco dining area, complete with some acoustic music sets.”

Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said: “I am delighted that Montrose Music Festival - which is growing in popularity each year - has received this funding, allowing them to bring a new aspect to the event.

“Scotland’s outstanding natural larder will be showcased over the next 12 months at events the length and breadth of the country, including the special events supported through the Year of Food and Drink event fund. This 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.

“2014 was all about welcoming the world, 2015 is an opportunity to build on that momentum and use strengths, like our world-famous food and drink, to take Scotland to the world.”

Led by VisitScotland, in partnership with Scotland Food & Drink, 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.

Recent figures revealed that Scotland’s food and drink tourism industry is worth an estimated £2.5 million per day to the economy.

There will also be a number of events designed to inspire and engage diverse audiences with Scottish produce, including Children’s Food Festival in the Highlands, Cakefest Edinburgh, Food Town Day in Dumfries and Galloway. Whisky Month will also return in May,

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Food Richard Lochhead said: “The Year of Food and Drink is a brilliant opportunity to build on Homecoming 2014, and inspire the people of Scotland and our visitors to celebrate the exceptional food and drink we produce the length and breadth of our country.

“The programme will offer a unique taste of Scotland, and I am delighted that all funded events are being encouraged to increase their use of locally sourced produce by signing up to the Food Charter. This will help to enhance our reputation as a land of food and drink and achieve my vision of Scotland becoming a Good Food Nation.”