Taste for Tourism Conference

03 November 2015 to 05 November 2015

Featuring top international speakers with experience of building food destinations, question and answer sessions, the opportunity to network and taste some of Scotland’s wonderful food and drink, this event aims to accelerate the move towards a critical mass needed to build Scotland as a food destination.

Building on what has been achieved during the Year of Food and Drink in 2014, delegates will be inspired to further cement Scotland's position as a Land of Food and Drink.

With two evening events, a day-long conference and a networking breakfast, plus the chance to take a number of trips to meet food producers who are already marketing themselves as a destination, Taste for Tourism is a unique opportunity for both food and hospitality businesses to develop a new angle as a food tourism destination.

The summit will deal with building a food destination on the level of individual businesses, regional strategy and the wider Scottish brand. 

The conference

Day 1 - 3 November

Day 2 - 4 November

Programme of international and home grown speakers:

  • Rebecca MacKenzie from the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance
  • Camille Chamard, Professor and Director of the Pau-Bayonne Institute, France
  • Donald Reid, editor of The List Guide to Food & Drink
  • Cate Devine (Glasgow Herald) on the role of the media and marketing in promoting food & drink tourism.
  • The day will also feature sessions on particular aspects of food and drink tourism such as agritourism and building itineraries for visitors.
  • Lunch will be provided by Food from Argyll producers.
  • Dinner (included in the price) will be held at the historic Gathering Halls in Oban and will feature local produce, entertainment and key speaker Tom Lewis from Monachyle Mhor will be sharing his passion for food and drink tourism.

Day 3 - 5 November

  • An optional trip to Mull to sample the best of Scottish food and drink, sponsored by CalMac.

Breakout sessions

Led by the Food From Argyll team and AITC, breakout sessions will include practical discussions around how to build itineraries for visitors:

  • Led by the Food From Argyll team and AITC, breakout sessions will include practical discussions around how to build itineraries for visitors, (led by Rebecca MacKenzie, Ontario
  • Agritourism, led by Caroline Miller of Go-Rural
  • The role of events and festivals, led by the Food from Argyll team
  • Quality assurance schemes and their value to visitors, led by Charlie Smith from VisitScotland.

Delegates will go home with practical ideas to help them build the sector as well as inspiration and new contacts.


Accommodation can be arranged from a variety of recommended establishments. Oban is just over 2 hours drive from the central belt and can be reached by car, train, ferry, bus and air. Full information will be provided to all delegates.

For more information about these events and to register your interest

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