You don’t have to break the bank to be able to enjoy the best of fine food â€“ treat your taste buds to a culinary tour of Dumfries & Galloway as Flavour Fortnight sweeps across south west Scotland for the next 16 days, serving up a delicious menu of hands-on foodie experiences and unique events.
This year’s events, which begin on Saturday 31st August and continue through till the 15th September will feature an eclectic mix of artisan food and drink products from an amazing array of local purveyors, chefs, retailers and farmers. Hailed as Scotland’s Artisan Food Festival, it encourages visitors to experience the region’s food and drink in the locations it is created.
Whether you like to cook or sample new flavour, prefer freshly caught fish or a good old fashioned burger with fries, you will find plenty of appetising events to choose from. Dave Smith, the man behind Savour the Flavours, which began three years ago, has this to say about this unique culinary event:
During Flavour Fortnight you can go behind the scenes of fine artisan cheese making or come face to face with the Highland cattle that are prized by both Gordon Ramsey and the National Trust for Scotland.
You can experience the salmon smoking journey from start to finish, create your own herbal tea blends, explore Galloway’s hidden gardens, discover why venison is so very special, why native cattle produce such exquisite meat, and even sculpt a shoe from chocolate!
From tastings to dining out at tapas evenings, choose from special steak and game nights, a fine dining experience consisting of up to seven courses, a Michelin-star menu, gastronomic quiz nights or a night of curry made with herbs and spices foraged from the Galloway countryside – the choice is yours.
To whet your appetite, we’ve rounded up some highlights of the upcoming event below. Get ready to do something delicious this September and never look at Scottish food and drink in the same way again.
- Salmon Smoking Process – 31st August, 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th September – Galloway Smokehouse
- Sundaes on Sunday – 1st, 8th & 15th September – Cream o’Galloway
- Brewery Tour – 2nd September – Sulwath Brewers
- Meet the Highlanders – 31st August & 1st September – Barlochan Highland Beef
- Bakery Tour – 31st August – Irvings Homestyle Bakery
- The Great Scottish Tablet Hunt – 7th September – Border Tablet
- Come Dine with Us at Moffat Farmers’ Market – 8th September – Town Hall in Moffat
- Seafood Fair – 7th September – Ferry Fish and The Laird’s Inn
To get the most of your Flavour Fortnight experience, check with you hotel, guest house or B&B on what they’ve got lined up for you – from organised itineraries to hands-on courses, house parties and gastronomy breaks, let the accommodation providers share their passion with you for their home grown, homemade and locally sourced produce.
At Knockinaam Lodge you can enjoy a whole spectrum of skilfully prepared and stylish Scottish based cuisine, while the Laird’s Inn runs a special menu highlighting local fish and seafood and the Star Hotel gives you the chance to try some of traditional dishes with a twist. Hazlefield House will also be offering a two night break with an introduction to beekeeping.
Why not take advantage of other things to see and do in the region? Explore its breathtaking nature and abundant rare wildlife, uncover a colourful history and thriving arts and culture scene, take part in a wide range of fun and thrilling activities, and see for yourself the rolling hills, well-stocked rivers, lochs and fertile moorlands which provide the region with its fantastic local produce.