March News and Events for the Slow Food Youth Network Scotland...
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We are delighted to announce that the 2016 Youth Food Academy from the Netherlands has chosen Edinburgh as it's destination for their annual study trip. 

The Youth Food Movement is the Dutch branch of the Slow Food Youth Network and has been running their Youth Food Academy since 2009. Every year, 25 young people from farmers to fishermen to social entrepreneurs are selected as part of this programme to examine global food systems. During seven themed days spread out over half a year, they visit a variety of producers, companies and institutions and speak with leading 'thinkers and do-ers' in the field.They will be exploring Scotland's gastronomy and food policies during their visit to Scotland on the 7th-10th April.

We are planning public events throughout the week which will enable SFYN and Slow Food members opportunities to meet this diverse group, a few are detailed below, but please do keep an eye on our Facebook page for further updates.

SFYN Scotland will be collaborating with Scran Salon on Thursday 7th April, a monthly shindig which brings together people with a love of food. This is a great opportunity to meet and share experiences with our YFM visitors from the Netherlands. It is free to attend, but please do register on Scran's eventbrite page  so we can gauge numbers.

Thursday, 7 April 2016 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST) - Add to Calendar

Noir - 4 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh EH12 5AL, United Kingdom - View Map

Exploring Food Connections: 
From soil to plate in Scotland, the US and the Netherlands.

Saturday 9th April 2016. 16.00pm - 21.30pm.

£3 suggested donation. 
3 course evening meal with drink: £20 (tbc).

Who produces our food, now and in the future?
Join the Slow Food Youth Network Scotland for a Saturday afternoon and evening following food from soil to plate - at the amazing Whitmuir Farm, just south of Edinburgh.

This event is about connecting all of us who enjoy eating food with the people who are passionate about producing it. Young farmers and producers will be in the spotlight  - and we’re excited to be bringing perspectives from Scotland, the US and  the Netherlands!

A local food revolution is well underway in Scotland. We’re seeing more small farms and market gardens, more farmers’ markets and more urban food growing. Micro-breweries, community bakeries and other small, innovative producers are  rapidly changing the Scottish larder. Small producers tend to take better care of people and the environment and create more and more meaningful employment  - but it’s not always easy to make a living from local food.

Through farm tours, thought-provoking talks, and conversations we’ll explore how we can create closer connections between citizens and producers in Scotland.

At the event you'll meet aspiring, new and experienced farmers from all over Scotland and beyond, as well as pioneering retailers, chefs and activists working to change the food system. The day will close with a delicious, local and organic dinner, cooked up by The Edinburgh Larder!


Event contributors

  • Pete Ritchie & Heather Anderson - current owners of Whitmuir Organics. Pete Ritchie is also the director of Nourish Scotland.

  • Severine von Tscharner Fleming - Severine is a farmer, activist, and organiser based in the Champlain Valley of New York.  She is founder and director of The Greenhorns, a grassroots cultural organization which supports the growing movement of young farmers America. You can read more about Severine here.

  • The Youth Food Academy - The Youth Food Movement, the Dutch branch of the Slow Food Youth Network, has been running their Youth Food Academy since 2009. Every year, 25 young people are selected for the Academy from the varied spectrum of the food system in the Netherlands, from farmers to fishermen to social entrepreneurs. A core part of the Academy is also a international study trip and this year, they decided to visit bonnie Scotland.

  • The Food Assembly - The Food Assembly brings together people to buy fresh food directly from local farmers and foodmakers. Edinburgh and Glasgow recently joined more than 700 Assemblies all over Europe!


This event is organised by the Slow Food Youth Network Scotland, with support from Nourish Scotland. It is the revised event for the previously titled "CAP, What's Cooking?" event.
Registration for the afternoon sessions and bookings for the evening meal will shortly be announced via our Facebook page.

The public event starts at 4pm at Whitmuir. We will have return places available on our minibus from 3pm in central Edinburgh at a cost of £2 per person. Please email to reserve a place on the bus. 


Neighbourhood Food Tours: Call for volunteers.

On the afternoon of Friday 8th April we will be taking members of the YFM on small food neighbourhood tours within Edinburgh. 
We are still looking for a few more volunteers to acts as tour guides on the afternoon of the 8th. You will be paired up with another volunteer and the main requirement is a cheerful disposition! If you are interested in volunteering please email asap for further information.

Slow Food Youth Network Scotland: What the Food?

We recently visited Pilot's small craft brewery as part of our #What the Food? programme.
Matt and Patrick gave us valuable insight about what it's like to to set up a craft brewery from scratch in a busy market place. They told us about the brewing process and let us sample 6 of their distinctive unfined vegan beers; which include those brewed with cocoa nibs/coffee, orange peel and even parma violets!

It was a great night, and we're extremely grateful to Matt and Patrick for giving us their time in this way.

Our events planned for the rest of the year will loosely follow a progression from plate to field and we will record and share our journey online. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for dates of these events. We're currently planning:

  • farm visits
  • talks from food industry entities and individuals
  • film showings
  • short workshops 
We'd love you to get involved, so please do tell us "What have you always wanted to know about food In Scotland, but have been too afraid to ask?!"

Give us suggestions and we'll try to investigate and include in our series of events. Feel free to ask questions using our Twitter and Facebook pages using the hashtag #WhatTheFood?

If you'd like to volunteer to help to plan these events throughout the year, please email for more information.
Do you want to make a living from local food?
In 2016 Nourish Scotland are offering a free mentorship and peer-coaching scheme for both aspiring and established local food entrepreneurs in Scotland, whether in primary and/or secondary production. (Future) veg growers, fruit producers, livestock-keepers, bakers, brewers, butchers etc, all welcome! As part of a small group of participants they’ll match you up with an experienced local food entrepreneur who can support you in getting clearer on how you can make a living from local food, what you still need to learn and where to go from here. The programme will be starting in April and you can find more information here on the Nourish website. To express interest or ask any questions, please e-mail
What is the Slow Food Youth Network?

The Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) is an international network of young people who bring about changes in the field of food production and consumption. It was founded by a number of enthusiastic and motivated young people with a passion for good, clean and fair food, and with an interest in sustainability issues.

We are the world's future leaders, entrepreneurs, farmers and consumers. The Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) was founded to make youth familiar with Slow Food's philosophy that says that all food should be Good, Clean and Fair. This means that food should be prepared with care and respect, grown as sustainable as possible and that the farmers and producers should get a fair wage.

SFYN raises awareness among young citizens and consumers to encourage and mobilize them in making responsible choices. It wants them to take part in the public debate about current issues, such as how to feed the world, what to do about food waste, and how to produce food as sustainable as possible.



Slow Food Youth Network Scotland's Eat In at the Royal Mile, where we invited passers by to join and discuss what food meant to them.
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