Spurtles, Smoothies and Smoked Salmon: Scottish Food Festivals




Scottish food festivals generally celebrate seasonal produce. The biggest event is Scottish Food Fortnight, which is held in September, and draws in farm shops, markets, hotels and restaurants across Scotland. It has a strong focus on Scottish meat, game and fish. The festival runs from 7th to 22nd September 2013. Loads of events are held, making September a great time for culinary tours of Scotland. You’ll be able to enjoy free tastings of all sorts of Scottish produce such as Aberdeen Angus beef, smoked salmon, cheese and whisky.

Fish from Fife

The country is famed for the quality of its fish, so it’s not surprising that several Scottish food festivals are devoted to seafood. There’s one in the picturesque

However, if you want to try traditional Scottish foods, one event stands out above all the others. It’s the East Neuk of Fife, a group of fishing villages on the coast near St Andrews. One of them, Anstruther, has a great seafood restaurant as well as one of Britain’s best fish and chip shops – it’s so popular that the queues can stretch along the street. Fish festivals are also held in Tarbert, in Loch Fyne (think oysters, game and ale) and in Arbroath – where you’ll get the chance to taste the famous Arbroath smokies.

Wild Food

September and October are busy months and there are food festivals in Glasgow and Peebles, as well as a Wild Food Weekend in Gairloch in the Highlands. Some years there is also a specialist Mushroom Festival in the pretty town of Aberfoyle in the Trossachs - Rob Roy McGregor country in the tourist brochures.

Stir Your Porridge

However, if you want to try traditional Scottish foods, one event stands out above all the others. It’s the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships, held in Carrbridge, Inverness-shire. Your chance to find out whether you should make it with milk or water – and whether you should be sprinkling it with salt, rather than your usual dollop of jam.



There are also food festivals in:

England

Wales



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