Best of Angus on show at Brussels

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The best of Angus produce was front and centre at the East of Scotland European Consortium annual summer reception in Brussels yesterday (Tuesday).

Local councillor Mairi Evans, who is the Chair of ESEC, co-hosted the event which was attended by high-level EU decision makers from the European Commission and the European Parliament, including some of Scotland’s MEPs Other attendees will include officials from regional offices all across Europe and beyond, including Australia and Canada.

Speaking ahead of the event, councillor Evans said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the very best of Angus produce. Angus is a fabulous part of Scotland not only for growing food but also for the diverse range of food producers some of which are here.

“The region covered by ESEC offers great diversity and variety, with an enviable offering of the traditional and contemporary.

“From the fantastic offering of venison, lamb and the world-renowned Aberdeen-Angus beef, to the soft fruit industry of the east and of course the incredible seafood thanks to our lengthy coastline, our culinary heritage is unrivalled.”

This year, 2015, is Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, which celebrates Scotland’s diverse larder and exceptional produce, alongside its breath taking landscapes, people and rich culture making our food heritage unique.

This year’s summer reception showcased the very best of local Scottish produce including Bouvrage raspberry juice (Ella Drinks, Brechin), Arbikie Vodka (Inverkeillor, by Arbroath), Arbroath Smokie Pâté (Iain R Spink Arbroath) and Aberfeldy Oatmeal (Milton Haugh, Carmyllie by Arbroath).