Book festival visitors set to eat their words

Alistair Moffat - ScotlandsDNA

Alistair Moffat - ScotlandsDNA

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Borders Book Festival has been awarded £10,000 by VisitScotland and the Community Food Fund for a mouth-watering event that will form part of the Year of Food and Drink.

With a focus on ‘thinking local’, Borders Book Festival, which takes place between June 11 and 14, will host a new area that will profile produce from across the region and from Scotland, and increase awareness of locally-sourced food and drink.

Alistair Moffat, Festival Director said: “For 2015 the Borders Book Festival plans to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink with a diet of literary feasts under a menu headed ‘Eat Your Words’.

“In the guise of Meg Dods, Walter Scott wrote a cook book and we will sample that as well as inviting a number of well-known chefs and food writers to look at what’s best in Borders produce.

“For the reading and eating public we will close St Mary’s Road in Melrose and fill it with street food stalls. A Borders banquet awaits!”

Paula McDonald, Regional Director of VisitScotland, said: “The Scottish Borders’ reputation for quality food and drink is increasing and the Year of Food and Drink 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.”

Borders Book Festival is one of many funded events spread across the country.

For more information, visit www.visitscotland.com/tastescotland