Next year is Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, so expect lots of foodie treats. The aim of the year is to spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce and so further develop Scotland’s reputation as a land of food and drink. Already a date has been set for the return of North Hop after a successful debut. The craft beer festival will be on 21-22 August at Eden Court in Inverness. In the meantime test your French and check out some Champagnes at the same time at the Institut français d’Ecosse Champagne Tastings on 12 and 19 December at the institute in Randolph Crescent, Edinburgh. There’s just time to nominate your favourite food producer for the Scottish Rural Awards before the closing date on 8 December. To celebrate 10 years of the awards, the organisers have invited the public to be involved for the very first time by nominating their favourites across a range of categories from artisan food or drink to butcher, hospitality and tourism. The judging will take place at the end of January with the winners announced at the awards dinner in Edinburgh in March.