Celebrating Scottish food and drink

Creating a feast for all the senses is Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight which this year takes place from September 3-18.

Over the two weeks, food lovers can indulge in delicious local and seasonal produce from around the country at a host of mouth-watering events.

Across the Highlands and Islands there are lots of events to enjoy including the Loch Ness Beer Festival at Benleva Hotel on September 16. It is the 10th Annual Real Ale Festival with over 60 ales, a real cider bar, great food and live music.

Elsewhere, come for lunch at the Three Chimneys, Skye, on September 3 and meet head chef Michael Smith in his kitchen. Watch him demonstrate preparing Skye shellfish, creel-caught in the seas around the island’s rocky shores.

Sustainable Uist and the Uist Wholefoods Co-op are coming together at the beginning of September to bring A Taste of Uist. The event will aim to showcase the fantastic food produced in Uist and will include host displays, food for sale, demonstrations and lots of tasty recipe ideas using local food and organic and Fairtrade ingredients from the Wholefoods Co-op.

A Taste of Uist will be held over two days in North and South Uist: September 3 at Lochmaddy Hall at St Peter’s Hall, Daliburgh, the following day.

The fortnight is a celebration of Scottish food and drink, promoting the benefits of fresh, seasonal produce and encouraging people to discover, buy and enjoy the food and drink produced on their doorstep.

It also aims to encourage the food industry – from restaurants to retailers and caterers – to source and champion quality Scottish produce and maintain Scotland’s reputation for excellent food and drink.

For more information about Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight and events visit www.scottishfoodanddrinkfortnight.co.uk

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