The Forth Valley Food Fest will celebrate the harvest season in the Forth Valley region with the aim of raising the profile of local food producers and providers in our area, encouraging tourists and residents to engage with local farms and food activities, and supporting local businesses to showcase local and seasonal products in innovative ways.
The full festival line-up includes:
12 – 21 October, Arnprior Pumpkins – 8.30am – 5.30pm (pre-booking required)
- Pick your own pumpkin, get lost in the kale maze, and climb bale mountain. Throughout the week there will be food trucks and coffee vans to keep you fuelled! Pumpkins from £5. Pre-booking of parking spots required (on the website), no entrance fee.
12 – 16 October – Stirling NeighbourFood, online local food market open for purchases
- Buying local couldn’t be easier! Try out the regions’ new online ‘click and collect’ local food market, Neighbourfood, run by Forth Environment Link. Pre-order your locally produced staples – everything from bread, jam, cheese, dairy, eggs, meat and veg – online from Oct 12th – 16th, for pick-up at Stirling Highschool on October 18th (16:30 – 18:30).
13 October, Stirling Farmers’ Market – 10.00am – 4.00pm, Port street, Stirling
- Buy locally made produce from the Forth Valley. Some local vendors selling at the market include jams and chutneys from Perthshire Preserves (Stirling based), sourdough bread and pastry from Riverside Bakery CIC (Stirling based), and some sweet treats from Ochil Fudge (Alloa based), and Cupcake Heaven (Lochearnhead based).
15 & 18 October – Gardening Session, Stirling University, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
- Did you know that the Green and Blue Space, part of the University of Stirlings’ Students Union, has a beautiful organic community garden right on campus? Join co-ordinator Matt and other volunteers for a drop-in gardening session that is open to all.
16, 17, & 18 October – Food Hive OPEN, Stirling University, 10.00am – 4.00pm
- Drop by the Green and Blue Space, part of the University of Stirlings’ Students Union, to purchase some low-impact foodstuffs for the week ahead. With a sustainability & zero-waste focus, the Food Hive co-op’s mission is to “improve access to food with a minimal environmental impact”. Also available at the Food Hive on Oct 16th – pre-order local bread & veg bag for pick-up on the 18th.
15 – 21 October – Meet the Goats, Gartur Stitch Farm, various times (pre-booking required)
- Meet the Goats and the other animals of Gartur Stitch Farm in Port of Menteith. This farm tour begins with sampling pastry or sourdough bread, all made in the farm kitchen from local ingredients mostly grown or foraged on the farm. Participants then head to the barn, to hand milk Dascha – the farms’ dairy goat – and hand feed the flock of rarebreed Soay sheep. Online booking required. Adults £15. Children under 12 are free.
16 October – ‘In Our Hands’ film & panel discussion, Stirling University, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
- Hosted by the Green and Blue Space, come to a film screening of “In Our Hands” – a documentary that showcases food and farming pioneers across the UK who changing the food system for the better. Locally made sourdough bread and nibbles will be available, with a panel discussion to follow. Free with £2 suggested donation.
18 October – Stirling Neighbourfood collection, Stirling High School, 4.30 pm – 6.30pm
- Come pick up your pre-ordered local goodies at Stirling High school, 16:30pm – 6.30pm. Neighbourfood Stirling, the new online ‘click and collect’ local food market run by Forth Environment Link, is open every week. Purchase your local food – bread, jam, cheese, dairy, eggs, meat, veg and more – via this online market, open Thursdays – Tuesdays for following Thursday pick-up.
Find out more on FVL Leader’s website.