Skye celebrity cook Claire MacDonald curates Deliciously Bella restaurant at festival
The creator of the Michelin-starred Kinloch Lodge Hotel in Skye is curating the ‘Deliciously Bella' feasting tent at Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival this year (Beauly Inverness-shire 6 – 8 August), at which diners can enjoy a restaurant experience and the best produce the Highlands has to offer!
Supported as part of the Year of Food and Drink, an initiative delivered by VisitScotland, ‘Deliciously Bella’ will feature gourmet breakfasts and four sittings a day for a lunch/dinner menu created by Claire.
The feasts will take place on long banqueting tables in the new woodland area of the festival, and will serve as the perfect setting for birthday celebrations, anniversaries, or just an excuse to spoil yourself with a delicious Highland’s meal!
“It’s going to be a case of ‘Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, I’ve Got Love In My Tummy,” said festival promoter Joe Gibbs.
“Although Bella already offers one of the best selections of outdoor catering around, we felt there was demand from some of our audience to get around a table and eat the finest that the Highlands can offer. Naturally we went to our Highland super star cook Claire to curate this for us.”
The menu will feature many local producers to highlight the bounty of local produce in the Highlands area including the Cromarty Bakery, who will bring flour power to the meal with a range of their artisan breads, served with Hebridean sea salt, Cullisse cold-pressed rapeseed oil and balsamic vinegar.
There will be surf-and-turf each day including seafood platters of west-coast langoustines, scallops and crab from the Scottish West Coast Langoustine co-operative.
On Friday, the turf will be mouth-watering seared fillets of 28 day matured Highland beef, and on Saturday there will be cutlets and slow-roast legs of Highlands lamb over an open fire, from Fraser Brothers butchers in Dingwall.
Vegetarians will have Claire’s delicious walnut pastry, pink peppercorn and three cheese tart, with cheeses supplied by Connage Dairy, as well as salads galore with produce from Wester Muir Fruit Farm, Macleod Organics, potatoes from the Black Isle and many more! Wine and other drinks will also be on offer throughout.
On top of this there will be a rolling brunch menu with offerings such as Kedgeree with Herbredian Smoke House salmon, Fishcakes from the Isle of Ewe Smoke House, Harry Gow bakery treats, and omelets from The Egg Box in Cromarty! Wine and Highland ales will also be available.
“In true Bella style, this must be the only restaurant in the world where you’ll be welcome in your Wellie boots while you listen to a string quartet and round off four courses with deep fried Mars Bar bites which are Claire’s favorite treat!” said Joe.
Tickets are available for the four sittings at www.tartanheartfestival.co.uk/tickets
Already announced for Belladrum’s music line-up are: The Proclaimers headlining the new Thursday night bill on the main stage, with The Correspondents, Keston Cobblers Club, Scooty & The Skyhooks and Bite Night also on the Thursday bill. Manic Street Preachers headline Friday night and Kaiser Chiefs headline the Saturday. Also featured are: The Stranglers; New Model Army; Rival Sons; Martha Reeves & The Vandellas; Villagers; Hayseed Dixie; Stornoway; Drenge; King Cresote; Fatherson; Eddi Reader Honeyblood; John Langan Band; RURA; Vigo Thieves; Vukovi; Neon Waltz; JP Cooper; Louis Berry; James Brown Is Annie; Silver Coast; Adam French; Hector Bizerk; Miss Irenie Rose; AKAska; The Dolly Parton Story; The Skull Kids; Sliga; Elephant Sessions, Jamie Lawson; Have Mercy Las Vegas; The Shee; Rhythm Wave; Iain McLaughlin & The Outsiders; Dorec-a-Belle; Caledonian Ceilidh Trail; Head North KLOË; Manran; Martin Stephenson & The Daintees; MacFloyd; Tantz; Torridon; Coco & The Butterfields; The New Madrids; Blackbeard’s Tea Party; Dizraeli & The Small Gods; Goat Roper Rodeo Band; Rusty Shackle and Junebug.
Belladrum 2015 takes place in the beautiful Highland surroundings of Belladrum Estate, near Beauly in Inverness-shire. The independent festival has built a reputation for its eclectic line-ups, its offbeat non-musical entertainments and its all-ages approach. The festival won a VisitScotland Thistle Award in 2009 and is a past winner of the Grassroots Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards, the festival industry’s ‘Oscars’.