The Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight (1st to 16th September) is well underway, shining a light on great Scottish produce. And here in Argyll we have so much to celebrate, from our sensational seafood to our award-winning restaurants. There’s no better time to discover Argyll’s food and drink. Follow a food trail, go to a food festival, taste Argyll’s real ales, enjoy a whisky distillery tour, visit a smokehouse or tuck into a seafood platter. You’ll be amazed by the diversity and quality of food experiences on offer across Argyll and the isles. One thing’s for sure - once you’ve had a taste of Argyll, you’ll be back more for! Have an unforgettable Argyll food adventure during the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight.
Best of the West
If you only go to one Argyll event during the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, make it Best of the West Festival. This three-day event, taking place at iconic Inveraray Castle, returns for its eighth year. It celebrates the very best in Scottish music, food and drink, with Argyll produce taking centre stage. Food From Argyll will be bringing you some of Argyll’s best producers and street food stalls, while Inveraray’s George Hotel hosts the beer and cocktail bars. Discover your favourite Argyll whiskies, gins and real ales, including Bute Brew Co and Kintyre Gin. Catch Argyll bands Skipinnish, Heron Valley and Tide Lines while you’re sipping a Fyne Ale and enjoying a Winston Churchill venison burger!
In the Festival Kitchen you’ll find some of Argyll’s top celebrity chefs cooking up a storm. See Andrew Maclugash, Head Chef at Samphire Inveraray; Jordan Clark, Head Chef at Pennygate Lodge, Isle of Mull; seafood expert Callum Hall, Head Chef at Loch Fyne Oyster Bar; Graeme Cheevers from Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond; and Gary Maclean Masterchef: The Professionals 2016 winner.
There are plenty of other events in Argyll during the fortnight where food and drink feature. The Kames Producers’ Market takes place on Argyll’s Secret Coast on Saturday 8th September. It’s a great way to taste local produce and meet the producers. Don’t miss the delicious free-range pork from Auchinbreck Farm. At the Lagavulin Jazz Festival (14th to 16th September) you’ll be able to sample Islay’s famous single malts. Coll Homecoming (15th to 22nd September) will see the beautiful island of Coll host a week long programme of activities and events. Food and drink feature, with a Tyree Gin tasting, farm visits and a Fishermen’s Landing and Seafood Lunch, where guests get the chance to watch the catch being landed and cooked and then enjoy a platter of fresh Coll lobster, crab and langoustines at Coll Hotel.
Food festivals galore
If the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight has whetted your appetite for more, then make sure you put some other great Argyll food festivals in your diary.
The Cove and Kilcreggan Real Ale Festival (22nd September) takes place at the Cove Burgh Hall. As well as a selection of real ales, there will also be food, live music and kids’ activities. Out on the island of Colonsay, the Colonsay Autumn Food and Drink Festival (10th to 24th October) has food activities galore. Many events are on offer every day, including foraging, preserving/bottling and beer, wine and truffle tastings.
Follow the food trail
The islands of Mull, Iona and Ulva are packed with great-tasting Argyll produce, from seafood to home-baked goodies. Follow the Mull and Iona Food Trail for a food adventure. This trail showcases the best island produce available, giving you the opportunity to enjoy food that is locally grown, caught and produced. Read the Islay Food Journey , Heart of Argyll Food Journey, Kintyre & Gigha Food Trail, Cowal Food Journey and Bute Food Journey.
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