A look at the highlights of the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2013
This article is from 2013.
The Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2013 runs from Sat 7–Sun 22 Sep around the country, and features a vibrant programme of events from farmers markets and cooking demonstrations to foraging sessions and butchery classes.
One of the highlights this year is the Huntly Hairst Food & Farming Festival, which kicks the Fortnight off on Sat 7 & Sun 8 Sep. The Aberdeenshire town of Huntly will host a range of free foodie events in celebration of local producers and businesses, including competitions for the best tablet, shortbread and stovies, and demonstrations of everything from pigeon plucking to sheep shearing, as well as a range of music, dancing and entertainment.
Staying in the north of the country, the City of Elgin Food & Drink Festival takes place on Sat 14 Sep, with over 80 market stalls contributing to a buzzing atmosphere throughout the day. Live cookery demonstrations, children’s entertainment and a cupcake challenge will also be part of the fun.
Further south, the Best of the West event in Inverary (Sat 14 & Sun 15 Sep) provides a varied programme of entertainment alongside more foodie-focussed offerings, including climbing walls, kids’ storytelling and live music from Brand New Enemy, Skerryvore and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Food fans can look forward to demonstrations and dishes from the George Hotel, Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Inverawe Smokehouse and Stronmagachan Stovies, as well as sampling from twenty west coast distilleries at the Loch Fyne Whisky Bar.
The Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival (Sat 14 & Sun 15 Sep) also celebrates food suppliers from the local area, including the Ochil Fudge Pantry, Loch Lomond Brewery, the Argyll Smokery, Punjabi cuisine experts Scotia Spice and fresh farm produce from The Green Grove. There’s even a chance to sample a handful of non-foodie treats, including gourmet dog treats and Caurnie soaps.
Rounding off the Food & Drink Fortnight (and even extending beyond it) is Taste Ayrshire, promoting the finest food that southwest Scotland has to offer. Running from Sat 21–Sun 29 Sep, the programme features events from local eateries including Arran on a Plate, Dunlop Dairy Tearoom and the Kirkmichael Arms; producers such as Creeler’s Smokehouse, Mancini’s Ice Cream and Bellvue Creamery; and shops like Bosun’s Deli, Braehead Foods and Costley’s Patisserie and Chocolatier.
These are just a handful of the dozens of events that are part of the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2013. Wherever you are in Scotland this September, you should be able to find something tasty to nibble on.