Food & Drink Fortnight (1-16 September 2018) offers the ideal opportunity for a Scottish foodie adventure, with a variety of events taking place the length and breadth of the country for all, celebrating local produce and offering unique food and drink experiences.
Scotland is home to many food and drink favourites: from the west coast Seafood Trail and the famous Malt Whisky Trail; a variety of seasonal choices from Shetland lamb and fresh Perthshire strawberries; Scotland’s national dish, haggis; and a few unexpected surprises along the way, including over 50 gin distilleries, and seaweed, freshly caught on Scotland’s beaches.
Added to this, the new Hebridean Whisky Trail - launched in August 2018 - and the fact the Bay Fish and Chips in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire has been listed as the top UK food and drink experience by Lonely Planet*, there are plenty of foodie discoveries around every corner.
Food & Drink Fortnight events include:
Great Perthshire Picnic
Various venues, throughout September 2018
Perthshire is home to serene glens and lush forests and, in September, a month-long food and drink festival. Over 60 events are taking place celebrating the best local produce and home-grown talent. This year’s launch event takes place alongside September’s Farmers’ Market in Perth on Saturday, 1 September and will feature a host of street food, live music and demonstrations. More detail on other events is to follow on the website https://greatperthshirepicnic.uk
Dundee Food & Drink Festival
31 August – 2 September 2018
Now in its 30th year the Festival offers the best in food, horticulture and live entertainment, with a packed weekend programme including free cookery demonstrations, children's activities, a craft fair, live entertainment, with the chance to taste and buy a wide range of culinary delights and much more.
Spirit of Speyside Distilled
31 August – 1 September 2018
The team behind the annual Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival brings another fantastic event, Spirit of Speyside: Distilled. The world’s best whisky distillers are uniting under one roof on their own doorstep. What’s more, Speyside’s whisky distillers will be in good company as award-winning brewers, gin crafters, food producers and others, will be joining them.
Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival
2-3 September 2018
A weekend of food, drink, fun and entertainment, Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival returns to the banks of the shores with another delicious selection of quality food and drink. There will be something for everyone including lots of live music, family entertainment and cooking demonstrations.
Stranraer Oyster Festival
14 – 16 September 2018
A three-day celebration of Stranraer’s unique coastal heritage, its culture, its people and its delicious local seafood. Events include a family fun night, with delicious local food and drink prepared by local chefs; seafood street food with live music; and a silent disco for children; all finished off with a spectacular fireworks display lighting up the sky over Loch Ryan.
Other food and drink experiences in Scotland include:
The Bay Fish & Chips, Stonehaven
Voted the best food and drink experience in the UK, by Lonely Planet*, the multi award-winning Bay Fish and Chips is located on the Stonehaven seafront in Aberdeenshire. With a focus on local produce, Lonely Planet has commented, “Considering the setting, the sustainability and the beautifully cooked fish, is [the Bay] the best fish and chip shop in the world? The constant queue suggests so”**.
Hebridean Whisky Trail*** New for 2018
The island landscapes of Skye, Raasay and Harris are the backdrop to Scotland’s newest whisky adventure, the Hebridean Whisky Trail. The new trail, launched in August 2018, has been designed with intrepid whisky wanderers in mind, connecting four neighbouring distilleries – Isle of Raasay Distillery, Torabhaig Distillery, Talisker Distillery and the Isle of Harris Distillery – through one spectacular 115-mile route. The new trail can be enjoyed by road or by sea with three Calmac ferry crossings linking the destinations, as well as yacht berthing facilities near to each distillery. Set amidst some of Scotland’s most scenic sea and mountain locations, each distillery has its own distinctive character and atmosphere.
Darnley’s Gin School, Fife ***New for 2018
Darnley’s Gin, located in Kingsbarns in Fife, has added a ‘Distil Your Own’ experience to their tour offering, inviting visitors to the distillery to create a bespoke bottle of gin. The experience involves an introduction to gin making before exploring the large range of botanicals available to include in their recipe, some of which are grown in our own cottage garden. The hands-on experience continues as they weigh the botanicals and begin distilling their one of a kind gin on their own mini still. While this is happening, guests will enjoy a tour of Darnley’s main distillery whilst sipping on a refreshing Darnley’s G&T and led through a tasting of the Darnley’s Gin range.
Scotland’s Seafood Trail
Scotland’s Seafood Trail, on the picturesque west coast, takes visitors through the most spectacular coastal scenery with the opportunity to taste seafood and shellfish from a wide variety of waterfront establishments. From the freshest of crab rolls served with a squeeze of lemon and some home-made mayonnaise, to Michelin-rated menus that feature a wide range of dishes, this is a truly memorable way to enjoy what Scotland has to offer.
Malt Whisky Trail
Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail is the only trail of its kind in the world. Set in the heart of stunning Speyside, this trail takes in seven world-famous working distilleries, one historic distillery and the fascinating Speyside Cooperage. Speyside is famous for its wonderful whisky and is often called 'Malt Whisky Country'. It's home to more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries, making it the ideal place to discover more about this ancient art.
Scotland’s national dish, haggis, is best served with neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) and is traditionally served on Burns Night (25 January) every year. There remain some misconceptions about what it is made of and how it is made: the dish is a type of savoury pudding that combines meat with oatmeal, onions, salt and spices. And for any weary travellers in need of a filling meal, take it from millions of haggis fans – it’s delicious and is also available as a vegetarian option.
For more information on food and drink in Scotland, visit visitscotland.com/food-drink
For more information on Food & Drink Fortnight, visit http://fooddrinkfort.scot
*The Bay Fish and Chips, Stonehaven, is listed at no. 31 in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eat list, the highest UK entry: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/ultimate-eats
**As quoted in The Guardian [online] 15 August 2018: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/aug/15/uk-best-fish-and-chips-foodie-bucket-list-lonely-planet-bay-stonehaven
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2018 Year of Young People
- The Year of Young People (YoYP 2018) will inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally
- Central to YoYP 2018 will be a celebratory events programme that puts young people at the heart of its development and delivery, creating new and valuable experiences for young Scots and the wider public, with links to the inaugural 2018 European Championships.
- Over 200 young people throughout Scotland are currently being recruited to become YoYP 2018 Ambassadors. Ambassadors will ensure that people and organisations in their communities know about what’s happening and will lead on projects and activities to create events and opportunities to celebrate young people.
- The Year of Young People will have six themes which were developed in co-production with young people themselves:
- Participation – looking at how young people can influence public services and decisions which affect their lives
- Education – creating a stronger role for young people in shaping their learning
- Health and Wellbeing – supporting young people to lead healthier, active lives and have opportunities to learn about and improve their mental health and resilience
- Equality and Discrimination – broadcasting the value of young Scots, challenging negative perceptions of young people, and supporting young people to take leading roles in challenging discrimination in all its forms.
- Enterprise and regeneration – celebrating young people’s role in innovation, entrepreneurship and the Scottish economy as well as making Scotland a greener and more pleasant place to live
- Culture – celebrating young people’s talent and contribution to Scottish culture and arts.
- Further information on what’s happening and how people can get involved can be found on the new website www.yoyp2018.scot or @YOYP2018 on Twitter.