Scotland has been winning prizes at the Speciality and Fine Food Fair at Olympia. Perhaps a prelude to a future which is independent of a disinterested England, there is innovation, creativity and a business plan from the Scottish Government for 2030. In terms of population size, Scotland was punching above its weight and there wasn’t a haggis in sight while whisky took second place to the new Scottish drinks, gin and tea.
As expected there were national stands by the food countries of Europe including Wales, Italy, France Spain and Belgium, along with different areas of England such as the Cotswolds and, from far afield, Mexico, plus, a pleasant and delicious surprise, Serbia, along with a little taste of Cuba, albeit created here.
And, of course, vegan food continues to increase in importance, including vegan bacon, but what was slightly undercooked was the environmental aspects of the dishes, the plates and the cutlery that supports much of the fast food industry which organisations such as the National Trust are leading on and young people now expect as the norm.