Scotland’s Environmental Festival, the Big Tent, will take place at Falkland Estate in north east Fife over the weekend of July 21-22.

A packed programme of activities, speakers and music will attract thousands of visitors, and there will be plenty of choice for food lovers.

The festival’s Food Village will play a major role, and will feature some our most innovative growers, farmers and producers. All of the food will be sourced locally, and much of it is organic.

Falkland Farms will have a range of organic snacks, baked potatoes, filled rolls for vegetarians and carnivores, as well as coffee and cakes. This year it is introducing brand new Big Tent children’s picnic grab bags.

The world famous Pillars of Hercules organic farm shop and cafe, located just a couple of minutes away from the festival site, will be at the heart of Big Tent with spectacular soups, tasty toasties, paninis, scrumptious salads and special dishes. Everything on the menu is organic, vegetarian and tastes delicious, and Pillars specialises in vegan and gluten free options.

One of Scotland’s ultimate fresh hot meals, Iain Spinks’s famous Arbroath Smokies, will be cooked on site for visitors. Iain is a fifth generation producer who uses the same methods as fishwives of the late 1800s to produce the unique smoked fish.

The beer tent involves the Black Isle Brewery, a small, intensely independent organic brewer in the heart of the Highlands.  They use barley and hops grown in organic farms to produce organic beer and also sell organic wine, cider and spirits.

Also featuring in the food village will be the award winning Cairn O’Mohr, which produces Scottish fruit wines made from berries, flowers and leaves, fermented in the traditional way.

Other participants include Laura’s Chocolates, the Chocolate Tree, Mutleys Silver Bullet Crepe Café, the Wild Rovers, and Seriously Good Venison.

Also present will be the Doorstep Bakery, Haggis, Haggis, Nelsons of Culross, the Steamie Bakehouse, and the Artisan Roast.

Another big attraction will be the Seed Truck, a new project between the Fife Diet and the World Wildlife Fund Scotland.

The Seed Truck will be offering dynamic and practical workshops focused on food and climate change.

It will help increase knowledge and skills about growing your own food – all brought to you in a low-carbon truck, fuelled entirely by recycled chip-fat oil.

The stall will be hosting a variety of workshops including Seeds of change – a workshop of sowing and planting pots; Flour Mill Bike – transform grain to flour and bake a bannock; Smoothie Bike – give the laid back smoothie bike a try; compost and worms – meet the wonderful worms that can make the best soil; magic porridge pot – storytelling and porridge woven together; permaculture – learn how nature’s design principles can make a better garden; herbs and lore – see, eat and learn all about the amazing properties of Scotland’s wild plants.

For more details about the festival, which is organised by the Centre for Stewardship, visit http://bigtentfestival.co.uk

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