Cost of school dinners set to increase

school canteen

Next week, members of the Education, Learning & Leisure Committee are being asked to agree a 10p increase in the price of a school meal for primaries 4-7. This would take the cost to £2.10 per meal. I know the catering staff do a fantastic job to provide nutritious and balanced meals to children across Aberdeenshire, providing over £3million school meals in 2013/14 in primary and secondary schools.

The full report can be viewed here (item 14)

Feast North East

feast 2 Feast 1  feast 5 feast 4 feast 3feast 6The Fennel Restaurant in Inverurie hosted the launch of Feast North East last week. Feast North East is a summer full of events to help you discover and enjoy food and drink from Inverurie and the surrounding areas. From June to August 2015, the very best food and drink producers, farmers, independent retailers and eating establishments will be showcased.

As part of the Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink, a list of monthly themes has been created to help businesses form and plan events which link the aims and objectives of the year.

June – The future of food: highlighting youth development including Royal Highland Show and end of school year with focus on skills and innovation.

July – Summer berries & fruits: particular promotion of berries and pick your own.

August – Delicious Dairy: yoghurts and ice cream, creams, milk, butter and cheeses.

Whether you are a business or producer looking for ideas to showcase your products or an individual interested in tasting and exploring find out more here

Doug Milne, Aberdeenshire Council’s Garioch Area Manager, said: “Inverurie and the surrounding areas have an abundance of fantastic food and drink businesses that work very hard to produce exceptional products and goods for the North-east.

“As part of Feast North East, we are inviting businesses to use their imagination to plan events or activities that will showcase their offerings, raise awareness and attract visitors to the area.”