Successful county food and drink reception held at Holyrood

Iain Gray MSP has hailed the success of a parliamentary reception celebrating the excellence of East Lothian’s food and drink and the innovation of East Lothian Food and Drink BID (Business Improvement District).

The reception, ‘A Taste of East Lothian’, provided an opportunity for MSPs and other guests to learn more about the work of East Lothian Food and Drink BID and meet some of the local producers involved in its work.

Ten local producers attended the reception: Black & Gold; Chocolate Tree; Brodies; Fraiser Liqueur; James Dickson & Sons; S. Luca; No Cow Know How; Eyeball Brewing; Mungoswells Malt & Milling; and Hood’s Honey.

Mr Gray, who hosted the reception, said:

“One of the many wonderful things about representing East Lothian is the excellence of our local food and drink sector. The county boasts some of the very best Scotland has to offer in terms of food and drink, and I was pleased to give colleagues the opportunity to sample some of it at this reception.

“However, what made this event extra special was the opportunity to celebrate the ground-breaking work of East Lothian Food and Drink BID. It is a unique initiative, led by local food and drink businesses but with the support and collaboration of the Council and other partners. There is clearly great interest in the progress of the BID from other parts of Scotland and I’m proud that East Lothian is once again leading the way.”

John McMillan, the council’s cabinet spokesperson for economic development and tourism, said:

“East Lothian Food and Drink BID is a first not only for Scotland, but for the whole of the UK. This is the kind of innovation that is driving our Economic Development Strategy, to help East Lothian build the strongest local economy in Scotland.

“The speciality food and drink sector based here in East Lothian has actually thrived despite tough economic times. We have many wonderful businesses in this sector so it’s a great thing to be able to support and help them grow and encourage new start-ups. This reception was a great opportunity to celebrate their success and tell others about the positive work we are undertaking to support our food and drink sector.”

For more information about East Lothian Food and Drink BID, visit