When: 3rd – 18th September 2011
Where: Around the Dumfries & Galloway region (SW Scotland)
£: Varies depending on the event, some events are free
What is it?
Flavour Fortnight is a 16 day food festival taking place across Dumfries & Galloway and comprises of 92 individual events organised by businesses. The events span the entire food and drink experience, from farming and food production to fine dining.
Some of the more unusual experiences on offer include a wild food forage around an art gallery, a jazz themed afternoon of jam, a literary celebration of food in a bookshop, a Greek mezze made with local food, an opportunity to enjoy the first tilapia harvest from Scotland’s first aquaponics project, a gastronomic quiz event, a multi-location menu plus touring routes designed for motorbikes, a menu showcasing Robert Burns’ favourite meals, a gourmet shooting experience, an opportunity to meet majestic Highland Cattle and full day butchery demonstrations.
A few of the highlights:
Why not put on a pair of outdoor shoes and go for a walk with a difference? The Fungi Foray takes place on 11th September with Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods. Mark will take you on a guided walk through the woods and forests of Galloway, showing you how to identify, pick and cook various types of fungi and importantly which to avoid! It costs just £6 for adults and £3 for children, and don’t forget to bring a basket to carry your finds!
The Art of Fungi
Like your mushrooms but not really the outdoor type? Then The Art of Fungi may be more your kind of thing. The Devorgilla Gallery will have a fungi themed exhibition on and Mark Williams will be along to talk about foraging and fungi. The gallery forage will take place on 3rd September at 12pm & 2.30pm and the exhibition can be viewed throughout the Flavour Fortnight.
Motorcycle Menu is for those who like to combine the beauty of the countryside with gourmet dining. The Selkirk Arms Hotel in Kirkcudbright, the Buccleuch Arms Hotel in Moffat and the Aston Hotel in Dumfries have created three menus designed for bikers who can tour the countryside between the venues. The event runs from 3rd – 11th September.
Want to try something new? Then how about trying Tilapia fish from Moffat CAN’s aquaponics greenhouse. The aquaponics system allows fish and plants to work together. Find out more about the system and try the fish on the 8th September at 7pm.
Meet the Highlanders
Why not head along to the Meet the Highlanders event on the 10th and 11th September, from 11am – 4pm? Nigel and Angela Taylor from Barlochan Highland Beef with the help of the National Trust for Scotland are giving you the opportunity to meet the wonderful looking Highlanders. Find out about this distinctive old breed and how they are helping with conservation.
Meet the Milkers
Fancy meeting more of our bovine friends? Meet The Milkers is a chance to meet the cows that help create creamy the Glen Urr ice cream. You will moove around the farm on a tractor and trailer tour learning all about the lives of the cows and about life on the farm. Tours take place on 10th September at 10.30am and 4.15pm.
More info: Find out more about the many events taking place by visiting www.flavourfortnight.co.uk.