There are just a few weeks to go until the Loch Fyne Food Fair, 16 & 17 May, taking place next to the world renowned Loch Fyne Oyster Bar near Cairndow, Argyll.
Having started in 1990, the Food Fair is the longest-running outdoor food event in Scotland, and to celebrate its 25th year the Loch Fyne team are pulling out all the stops.
Happily, this special year for the Fair coincides with the Year of Food and Drink and the Fair has received support from VisitScotland and EventScotland to expand the programme and feature workshops based around food and drink.
Cabinet Secretary for Food, Richard Lochhead, said: “As Scotland’s longest-running outdoor food event, the Loch Fyne Food Fair is a superb showcase for the fantastic food and drink produced in Argyll and across the country. With the double celebration of Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink and the Fair’s 25th anniversary, I am sure that visitors this year will be in for a special treat.”
The Fair works closely with Food From Argyll to attract local producers, alongside old and new friends from further afield.Alongside Loch Fyne Oysters’ own seafood stands, producers including the Real MacKay Stovies, Great Glen Game, Fyne Preserves, Home Ground Coffee Co and Rare Breed Scotch eggs will host stalls.
Hands-on workshops will run on both daysand Take One Action’s brand new bike and solar-powered Wee Green Cinema will show a series of short films based on food from the local area and further afield.
Virginia Sumsion, Marketing and Events Manager at Loch Fyne Oysters commented on the Food Fair saying: “This year’s Fair will give visitors a unique experience. As well as the chance to learn how to shuck oysters from Loch Fyne shellfish experts, fair-goers can try their hand at bread-making and cake-decorating with the guidance of local experts.”
She continued: “The BarrowBand, who very uniquely write, perform and sing about fruit and vegetables, will be there to entertain visitors and the drinks enthusiasts can learn how to distil gin with Spencerfield Spirit Company and explore ales with Fyne Ales.”
Music has always played an important role in the event and this year will feature Inveraray & District Grade 1 Pipe Band, up and coming local ceilidh band Heron Valley and talented local band, The Camans. And with Bute Community Band appearing with their Swing and Concert Bands,there will be no lack of entertainment to help digest the food and drink.
The Fair provides support for the local community; local schools, childcare organisations and trusts such as Auchindrain Museum will man stalls providing lively and entertaining activities.
There’s plenty to keep children entertained over the weekend as well. Argyll Adventure will bring their Climbing Wall and Laser Storm activities and there will be rides for the young and young at heart.
A craft tent with more than 16 craft workers and ales supplied by Fyne Ales plus a wine bar with specially selected wines add the final touches to a great day out for all ages.
Loch Fyne Food Fair began in 1990 to celebrate local food and drink, notably oysters from the clear, fertile waters of Loch Fyne. Over the years, the Food Fair has built up a loyal following and attracts new visitors to this unique corner of Argyll each year.
Packed with brilliant moments, the Year of Food and Drink is a celebration of the country’s outstanding natural larder and produce and the landscapes, people and culture that make our food heritage so unique.
Loch Fyne Food Fair is located next to the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and Deli near Cairndow PA26 8BL.
The Oyster Bar opens at 9am, lunchtime bookings can be made by calling 01499 600 482. Stalls are open at 11am – 6pm. Admission is free (parking £3 per vehicle).