New Food Festival to hit the Highlands

Mallaig is set to host Taste the Wild for the first time this September

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New Food Festival to hit the Highlands

Food festivals are a no brainer really, who doesn’t enjoy jumping from stand to stand, nibbling on some of the country’s finest produce? From the Edinburgh Food Festival to Tobermory’s Fish and Street Food Festival, there is always a foodie celebration nearby when in Scotland.

Adding to the collection is the recently announced Taste the Wild food festival taking place in Mallaig in early September. Sponsored by the Community Food Fund (who aim to promote local food and drink) the event will give visitors a taste of the gastronomic delights found along Scotland’s iconic ‘Road to the Isles’.

Although famed amongst Harry Potter fans for being the backdrop to the Hogwarts Express, the West Highland Coastline is also renowned for its seafood, game, large quantities of fruit and veg and buttery cheese. A series of talks and debates will take place at the festival to show off the area’s incomparable offerings.

First up, Shirley Spear, co-owner of Skye’s The Three Chimneys chairs The Big Fish Debate where a panel of industry experts discuss problems in the Scottish waters affecting the supply chain of fish. Some of Scotland’s top chefs including Jak O’Donnell from The Sister’s Restaurant in Glasgow and Arisaig House’s Sarah Winnington-Ingram have also been invited to perform a series of cookery demonstrations. Expect fish filleting, venison butchery, salmon and mussel smoking and to be a culinary goddess by the end of it.

For those who want to get their hands dirty, The World Prawn Peeling Championships are searching for the person who can peel half a pint of prawns the quickest. Challenge accepted, so long as we get to eat them after. Ending on a classier note, Taste the Wild have organised for ticket holders to enjoy a four course dinner, prepared by one of the headlining chefs, followed by a Ceilidh.

Tickets for the Scran and Dram Ceilidh on sale now, Mallaig, Sat 10 Sep.

Taste the Wild Festival

A food festival in the West Highlands celebrating the area's wide range of produce. Events include cookery demonstrations, The Big Fish Debate, a World Prawn Peeling Competition and a Scran & Dram Ceilidh.

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