Newmilns Regeneration Association


If you’re a Producer and you’re interested in taking part in 2017 Newmilns Food Festival, please e-mail for further information and click on the image below to download the producer pack.

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Newmilns Regeneration Association (NRA) launched the food festival to showcase the great produce and providers in Ayrshire and surrounds. The first Newmilns Food Festival was a success, with 4,500 visitors on the day. We will be listing the event with a number of destination websites, including VisitScotland, Scotland Food & Drink and local tourism supporters AND running a full publicity campaign across media in the West of Scotland as well as promoting the event through our own website and Facebook page. We are going to be making quite a splash about the event to attract those from close by and from further afield.

The format of the Festival is that there will be a series of demonstrations and talks by noted local producers (that could be you), chefs, and other food supporters; a covered marketplace where suppliers can showcase and sell their goods and visitor catering. We will also be running a children’s and young people’s cookery competition in partnership with local schools with the prizes given out at the end of the Festival. This is to encourage young people and parents to attend. 

The Festival is being run in a floored marquee with the demonstration area at one end, the marketplace in the middle and visitor catering (local church ladies will be running a tea room selling tea, coffee, soft drinks and cakes) at the other end. A secondary marquee may be erected which will contain representatives from the local pubs who will run respectively a beer tasting bar, a wines tasting bar and a spirits tasting bar – this aspect is slightly uncertain at the moment. 

We’re expecting over 4,500 visitors on the day. The site is at the entrance to Newmilns on the busy A71 so we expect passing trade to drop in as well. 

We are looking for high-quality producers, who are signed up to Scotland’s Food Charter for Events, to provide any, or all, of the following: 

      • A 15-minute demonstration of how your product is made or what can be done with your products. Demonstrations are planned to be  approximately 15 minutes long and run at a rate of 1 every 30 minutes throughout the day. 
      • Sampling of your product - Taking a stall in the marketplace to sell your products or services to the visitors.
      • Support through providing ingredients for demonstrations, refrigerated vans, etc. 
      • Food to Go catering outlets are also welcome – we’ll need someone to feed all the visitors we expect.


If you would like to provide a 15-20 minute demonstration of how your product is made or what can be done with the product you sell, taking questions from the audience and with sampling afterwards, we would be pleased to hear from you. We are looking for demonstrations covering fish, vegetables, butchery, meat, baking, techniques (fermenting, sourdough etc.) – really anything to do with food and drink and how it’s prepared and consumed. We will have a full demonstration rig and microphones and our presenters will introduce you, work with you to showcase your product and manage audience questions and any sampling. And, if you’d like to pair up with another producer to do a joint demonstration, we’d welcome that option. 

Registered address: Newmilns Regeneration Association, c/o Mair Matheson, 53 Main Street, Newmilns, Ayrshire KA16 9DA 

In return, we’re offering:

      • A 6ft long table, with 240 power (paid for and only if pre-booked), in the covered marketplace. 
      • An opportunity to bring your product to a wider audience through a demonstration or sampling 
      • Your business name, and the part you are playing in the Food Festival, fully acknowledged in the programme (with a 50 word producer listing if you take a stall) and all other publicity material (web, printed material, roadside banners, publicity, etc.) with links to your website. 
      • A substantial A5 programme will be printed which will contain producer listings, demonstration descriptions, recipes, event timetable etc. Paid for advertising will be available in the programme. 

We are setting high quality standards for the Food Festival and reserve the right to exclude producers, retailers and others who do not meet the standards we expect – we are working to Scotland’s Food Charter for Events (see We are also, within the limits of encouraging participation from very local producers and retailers (1km to 2km of the site), actively managing the range of products being sold – it’s not helpful for you or us, if one category of producer is overloaded. 

We should advise you that there will be at least 2 stalls which may not be food related: one is the NRA’s own stall which will double as the “site office” and the second is the Scottish Women’s Institute who are providing a judge for the Cookery Competition. 

We want to make the first Newmilns Food Festival a real success and that’s why we’d like you to be part of it. We’re taking bookings up until 1st August 2016 or until we’ve filled the space we have available for producer stalls, whichever comes first. 


Naturally, you might have more questions – if you do, please contact us. The key contact is:

Joyce Paterson, email:

Download the producer pack here.

Please come and join us. We’d like you to be there.


Newmilns Food Festival is supported by the Community Food Fund and Awards for All