The endearing appeal of Scottish food is widely known, and come next year, it'll be a Universal truth. A couple of weeks ago, the Scottish Year of Food and Drink was announced to take place in Edinburgh in 2015, and has since generated huge excitement from restaurants to local B&B's. This new drive to spread the great taste of Scotland's finest chefs, food producers, bakers, cheese makers, chocloatiers, brewers, distillers and much more besides is being supported by VisitScotland, a UK TV advert campaign and other events throughout the year. The mere thought  that the world may be getting as excited for Scottish food and drink as we are is exciting to say the least!

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Scotland as a Great Food Nation

As things currently stand, food is an integral part of the Scottish tourism experience. This delicious sector is worth an estimated £2.5 million a day to the economy, and £14 billion annually. Those who travel up to a country already seasoned with endless natural and historic tourist attractions actually end up spending an average of 21% of their holiday budget on the many mouthfuls and well matured morsels the country has to offer. The quality of Scottish food is well known abroad, with salmon (the #1 food export) being the only non-French food to hold the prestigious top quality ward from the country.

There are many who can attest to the great quality behhind Scottish produce, and whilst it is already a big draw for visitors, it only makes sense to build on its already phenomenal success. The name and reputation behind Scotch whisky is something that should be applied to all food from the country, whether it be artisan chocolate from Ayrshire or The Island of Arran's best effort in cheeses.

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How Can One Come Dine With Us?

For now the specific events and opportunities to explore Scottish food and drink are still tight lipped. We do know however that there will be a series of monthly themes for the industry, highlighting key food and drink sectors such as seafood, whisky and soft fruits. The aforementioned TV advert will focus on iconic aspects of Scottish produce, including berry picking in Perthshire, seafood from North Berwick and highlights from the Speyside Whisky Festival, and earlier this month Annandale distillery filled its first cask of whisky in over 100 years!

On Fine Scottish Hampers however, the party has started early. To discover the full scope of Scotland's finest food and drink before January 1st rolls around, we've assembled an astonishing collection of Christmas hampers to fit every appetite, dietary need or particular hunger belonging to someone special this December. Whether's it a welcoming snack for St. Nick on Christmas Eve, a The ultimate Christmas indulgence for Vegetarians or just a bit of Cheese and Nibbles, nothing could prepare anyone for the influx of terrific Scotland produce like these locally sourced and recommended Scottish hampers.

Christmas Scottish Hamper

What are you most excited about with the upcoming Scottish year of Food & Drink? You can let us know your anticipated highlights via the Fine Scottish Hampers Facebook page, Twitter and Google+!

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