Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, and Lady Claire MacDonald, one of Scotland’s most prolific culinary ambassadors, will open this year’s Scottish Food Fortnight at the magical setting of Glamis Castle, Angus, on August 31st Now in its fifth year, the annual two-week event, organised by the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust (SCAET) celebrates the wealth and breadth of Scottish produce, from meat and fish, to fruit and vegetables, dairy products and beers and whiskys. A nationwide event running from 1st – 16th September, SFF will see hundreds of participants, from large scale to small, and a plethora of producers, retailers and other foodie businesses taking part to educate visitors and illustrate to participants the importance of buying and eating local produce, and of promoting Scotland’s natural larder.
Scottish Food Fortnight’s Patron Lady Claire McDonald is joined this year by Michelin Starred chefs Gordon Ramsey, Martin Wishart, Nick Nairn and Andrew Fairlie, who have all given their backing and support to the event, and are participating in various demonstrations across the country.
The launch will commence at 11h30 with a press conference in the 16th Century kitchens of Glamis castle with an introduction by Tony Andrews and the official launch given by patron, Lady Claire MacDonald, and Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead, after which they will be happy to give interviews whilst children clad in period costume hand around tastings of local produce. At 12h15 there will be the presentation of grouse in feather, piped in by Russell Walker from Forfar Academy, which will then be included in the demonstration BBQ of seasonal game being given by award winning chefs Andrew Wilkie and Kevin MacGillivray from nearby Castleton House Hotel. The two chefs will illustrate the perfect BBQ techniques for seasonal game, shot especially for the occasion on the Glamis estate. Their results will then be available to taste with other local produce and a selection of drinks concluding at 13h30.
The Launch of the Scottish Food Fortnight also opens the Scottish Countryside Alliance’s Countryside Festival, a two-day spectacular and a yearly favourite on the rural calendar. This year’s line up includes The Devil’s Horseman display team, Falconry Displays from Ridgeside and musical entertainment provided by Capercaillie and Wolfstone