Are you aged 18 - 35 and want a more sustainable food future for Scotland? Would you like opportunities to meet, learn and collaborate with peers in Scotland & across the globe?

Join us at Custom Lane on Sunday 4th March from 5 - 9pm for an evening of discussion, creative demos, networking opportunities and some delicious food as we share our future plans and opportunities for you to get involved with Slow Food Youth Network in Scotland and the wider network across the world!

We’re delighted to be joined as guest speaker by artist Morven Odling, the brain behind ‘Fork in the Road’, a creative research project in collaboration with Edinburgh Tool Library which explores the relationships between community and food. Mo will be sharing her inspiration behind the project, the role of open design and how you can get involved in using the bike.

This will be the first opportunity to register interest in attending Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2018 (see details below) as part of the SFYN Scotland delegation AND be the first to sign up to our new digital platform aimed at showcasing the talent and diversity of Scotland’s young food leaders.

Other guest speakers & activities still to be announced (including some from around the world). Check out the facebook page for the latest announcements. There's a chance for you to get involved as well - see below for more details!

Nourishment will be provided on a PAYF basis from young food entrepreneur Fiona Donaldson of new social enterprise Prep Table. Fi will be using food waste from Fareshare and Food-Sharing, who will also be sharing news about their Zero Waste Town project during the event. 

We'll have a Raffle including some food related prizes from local producers and businesses with all money raised going towards enabling a diverse delegation of young food leaders from across Scotland are able to attend Terra Madre 2018.

Register for your free place via Eventbrite - Hurry as spaces are limited!

Want to share your project, idea or story on the night?

If you are aged between 18 - 35 and are part of a project, business or organisation that is seeking to provide a more sustainable food future for Scotland? Why not take part in our 2 minute madness presentations! You'll have 1 slide, 2 minutes. Email us via to take part. (spots are filling up fast!).

We’re also very happy for participants to bring any promotional materials they’d like to share with other attendees and can provide wall space for posters upon request.

The venue space has generously been provided to us by Custom Lane, and we are delighted that attendees will also have the opportunity to view their latest exhibition, ‘Harvest’ by Mella Shaw, focusing on the environmental tipping point of plastic pollution in the oceans and seas. Mella will be hosting a free talk about the exhibition in March and more details will be announced here soon.

We are the world's future leaders, entrepreneurs, farmers and consumers. 

World Disco Soup Day is back on 28th April 2018!

We invite you to join World Disco Soup Day 2018 - A global culinary and musical act of protest which aims to unite people against food waste across the planet. 

This year we want to break our record of more than 100 Disco Soups, in over 40 countries so we urge you to get involved in our events or in hosting your own. This day is a truly unique event to be part of with our whole network working together on the same day, making both a local & global impact!

So far this year we are planning a large party at the CCA (& secret venue!) in Glasgow, whilst supporting Food-sharing & Tasting Change in hosting an event in Edinburgh - details for both TBA soon!  

Want to host a Disco Soup near year or volunteer in one of the above events? Email us at for more info and sign up your disco soup!

Why are we doing this? Because, while parts of the world population suffer from hunger, one third of the food intended for human consumption is being thrown away every year. We all care about this huge problem and it's time we give it the attention it deserves.

Updates on our website - Our new blog is live!

Food at Holyrood

Introducing our January round-up from a new monthly blog on all the latest food politics and news affecting Scotland by Ashley Atkins, one of new volunteers from our Communications & Research team. Click here to read Ashley's latest blog.

The Adventures of a Gastronomy student

'Coming Soon' by Stevie Williams, a monthly highlights from Stevie's journey on the QMU Gastronomy Course. Also read the weekly adventures on her blog - Duck Egg Sponge!

These are just some of a series of new blogs written by our Communications & Research group. Many more guest posts are on their way on topics including grow your own and eating local. If you're interested in submitting a story or writing a series, see info below! 

Savouring the Seven Seas

Thanks to everyone who came along to attend our first Cooking Pot event of 2018 organised in collaboration with CCA Glasgow and eusebi's deli. We really enjoyed our Culinary Journey through Europe’s Food Trade History from Federico, our Glasgow events co-ordinator & resident art historian!

This time we travelled around the world following ancient trade routes. discovering how they transformed the way we eat today. The event featured maps and paintings, with discussions on archaeology, art, religion, anthropology and, of course, food. The Dishes from Giovanna & the Eusebi's team were also delicious! Our next event at CCA will be WDSD, 28th April!

Volunteer with us & gain a network of opportunities!

From writing to cooking, designing to fundraising - We currently have a number of exciting opportunities for individuals aged 18-35 years old, who are passionate about engaging their peers in ways to ensure a more sustainable food future in Scotland. Now is your chance to take an active role in our food system by shaping the future of SFYN Scotland.
Interested? get in touch to find out more via

Events & News from our International network...

2018 Major Slow Food events dates announced

Slow Food international has released early details about 3 major international events taking place in 2018 that you're invited to attend. The events are free and open to the public, with sessions for leaders and some ticketed events.
  • Terra Madre Nordic  - April 27-29, 2018 @ Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Slow Food Nations - July 13-15, 2018 @ Denver, USA
  • Terra Madre Salone del Gusto - September 20-24, 2018 @ Turin, Italy
We will be attending the European events & announcing plans to support a large delegation of young food leaders from Scotland to attend and at our networking event on March 4th!

Want to host an event, showcase your produce or share your story at Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto 2018?

We want to ensure that the many valuable stories & activities that are taking place in Scotland are shared with the international community and are currently working with SF & SFYN International to connect individuals and organisations from Scotland who have an idea for an event or presentation at Terra Madre 2018.

If that sounds like you email by 5th February at the latest! 

A huge congrats to our friends at SFYN Germany for successfully organising the world’s largest Disco Soup against food waste for another year! On Friday night over 1300 visitors took part in their Schnippeldisko pot, dance, talk! and participated with another 33,000 participants in the We are sick of it! -Demonstration with full energy and cooking pot concert! We can't wait to share in another Disco Soup adventure with you this April.

& Food News from fellow change-makers who inspire us....

ORFC: All the presentations, talks and information for ORFC 2018
Open Demoncracy: The politics of food: What to look out for in 2018
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Coffee-fuelled buses to disco soups: five quirky uses of waste in 2017
Food-Tank: 16 Young Entrepreneurs Revolutionizing Food and Farming
Sustainable Food Trust: Stories of the soil & Does common sense about health require a new paradigm?
Urban Food Futures: And so cities stopped caring about food…
The Guardian: Hyperlocal heroes: meet the chefs growing their own

Other upcoming events to fill your plate in Scotland.. 

Glasgow Community Food Network Winter Event: Fair Food - Dignified Distribution

This event on January 31st - focuses on food sharing projects and organisations in Glasgow. If you're involved in sourcing surplus produce, community meals, feeding people, food distribution or any other kind of food sharing activity - this one is for you. Lunch will be provided by the Real Junk Food Project from midday. Click here for more info.

Community, Confidence & Carrots: Dig-In's 5th AGM

You are invited to attend the 5th AGM of Bruntsfield Community Greengrocer (trading as Dig-In) to be held in Christ Church at Holy Corner, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, from 7pm on Tuesday 27th February 2018. The formal AGM proceedings will be preceded by ‘Community Confidence and Carrots’: a talk from Rob Davidson, Manager of the Cyrenians Farm Enterprise from where they source a range of organic salads and vegetables. 

They are also actively seeking individuals interested in becoming Management Committee members (from their Shareholders).

More details on joining the Management Committee are available on their website. If you would more information please contact Catherine Francis on

Showcasing Scotland: Connecting local buyers with local suppliers

The Showcasing Scotland regional events programme has been developed in response to growing demand for local products in local markets. The programme will help grow local and regional sales by bringing together regional buyers, producers and suppliers for a series of one-day meet the buyer events. Click here for more details.

Scot Food & Drink Conference - The World in 2030.

In celebration of the Year of Young People 2018, Scot Food & Drink have provided 50 free tickets for young people aged 26 and under. If you are interested in attending on our behalf then please email us as we have 2 tickets to give away!

Soil Association Scotland Field Labs

Less Toil Better Soil. Under-sowing veg with green manures
Join the start of a new Field Lab exploring ways to improve soil health and reduce the need for weeding, hosted by social enterprise Locavore at The Bank, Neilston Development Trust. This kick-off meeting on Thursday 15th February is free to market gardeners, allotment and home growers, and farmers. Click here to register.

All Over Clover. Exploring herbal leys that suit Scottish soils...
What grass seed mixes work best for dairy cows? Join dairy farmer Bryce Cunningham as he tries to improve his grass swards at Mossgiel Farm, comparing some off-the-shelf grass seed mixes with bespoke mixes suited to local conditions. This kick off meeting is on Tuesday 6th February and free for farmers, growers or land managers. Click here to register.

Real Bread Week is has moved to February this year!

Launched by the Real Bread Campaign in 2009, this annual, international celebration of Real Bread and people who make it is back from 24 February to 4 March 2018 for its 10th anniversary! Each year, the Campaign encourages bakeries and baking around the world to organise hold classes, feasts and other events and activities. Everyone else is encouraged to get along to a local, independent Real Bread bakery or bake your own real bread loaf during the week.  Click here to find out more.

Scottish Radical Herbalism Gathering 2018

The second Scottish Radical Herbalism Gathering is on May 11 - 13th 2018. Join the network for a weekend of workshops, skillshares and discussions around Radical Health & Herbalism; Sustainability, Social & Environmental Justice & Scottish Health & Herbal Heritage. Click here to find out more!

The Power of Food Festival returns 16-17 June 2018

The festival showcases community food growing around Edinburgh & celebrates the amazing people who breathe life into neighbourhoods through their work in and around the gardens. Its purpose is to encourage greater societal wellbeing, environmental sustainability and social inclusion through the promotion of community food growing.

Registration is now open for gardens & external contributors and the festival are also on the hunt for volunteers who can support with their social media up to and during the festival - email them for more info.

Learning, Exchange and Mentoring opportunities...

For 2018 - 19 there will be a small number of fees-paid places for the UK's only MSc course in Gastronomy at Queen Margaret's University. The course has fired the imagination of those interested in or from a variety of food and drink related backgrounds and welcomes a diverse range. For information  visit:
Making a Living from Local Food
You have until tonight to apply for the Nourish Scotland mentoring and peer-to-peer-support programme for 15-20 aspiring / recently established local food entrepreneurs in Scotland. The programme runs for 10 months from Feb to Nov 2018. Find out more and how to apply here.

Aged 18-35 and have a great idea to change the world of food and agriculture? Applications are now open to participate in the international 2018 TFF Challenge with a movement of young innovators from 130 countries who are reshaping our global food system. Click here to find out more.

This exciting initiative in partnership offers one culinary enthusiast the opportunity of a lifetime: work experience in two of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ kitchens. They have just one scholarship available per year, so if you meet the entry criteria we encourage you to submit an application now and wish you the very best of luck. Click here to find out more.

The Soil Association’s Future Growers programme has been training the next generation of organic growers since 2007.

The Future Growers programme currently focuses on providing a six-month course of rich, farm-based training events, available to any aspiring grower to participate in. They draw on well-established network of inspirational farms to host field trips and deliver comprehensive, educational seminars.

Applications now open for 2018. Apply now, or click here for more information. 

Grants and Funding opportunities...

The Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund is open for applications - a range of types of projects can be funded including community growing and active travel projects. Deadline 5 February 2018
The Community Learning Exchange provides funding to facilitate peer-peer visits & learning between communities.  To apply you must be a member of a Scottish Communities Climate Action Network or affiliate member network. 
CSGN Young Persons Travel GrantTo raise awareness and support delivery of green infrastructure in central Scotland, this award provides opportunities for people aged 18 – 25 to travel anywhere in the world to develop and share knowledge on a topic related to green infrastructure. Deadline April 1st 2018.


Have a wild idea for the Year of Young People 2018? 
As part of the Year of Young People 2018, Scottish Natural Heritage, Young Scot and ReRoute have created a new fund for young people called Future Routes. Future Routes is open to individuals and groups of young people from across Scotland aged 11-26 who have an idea which will promote Scotland's amazing natural environment in 2018 - click here to find out more.

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