Five star chef’s masterclass of Ballantrae

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Five star chefs and food producers are set to showcase their talents at a brand new food and drink festival in Ballantrae.

The Ballantrae festival of food and drink which is being held on Sunday May 10th will be held at the stunning Ballantrae shore.

The event,which is being organised by the Ballantrae Development group, a sub group of the community council will feature will feature some of the finest chefs and food producers from the South of Scotland who’ll showcase their skills and products in the heart of an area renowned for its high quality food production.

The best of local cheeses, meat and fish - including Ballantrae seafood and lamb - and other fresh produce will be on sale, while the drinks industry including the Whisky Experience and Ayr Brewing Company will be there to provide good cheer.

Visitors can discover the secrets of foraging on the shore and surrounding area with Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods, sharpen up their cooking techniques with tips from Trump Turnberry’s Executive Chef Munur Kara and drink freshly squeezed juices prepared in front of them.

2015 is the Year of Food and Drink and the event has received funding from the Community Food Fund which is financed by the Scottish Government to promote local food and drink.

The festival will include something for all the family:

Guided Foraging Walks, Tastings & Stalls, Fresh Fruit & Veg Juice Making, Wild Foods Exhibition, Pop-up Restaurants, Cookery Demonstrations, Whisky Tasting,Beer & Wine Tasting and Live Music.

Festival Organiser, Susan Crosthwaite says: “We’re aiming for something spectacular in the Year of Food and Drink, and we’ve already had a tremendous response. Ballantrae is well known for its high quality local produce and hospitality and we’re hoping to create a “must experience” annual event which will attract visitors from the locality, the Central Belt, Ireland and beyond. We also want to use it as an opportunity to include an element of education about healthy eating, by involving local school children and students. We’re hoping to build on the success of the Farmers’ Markets, Smugglers’ Festivals and the many established events which have been held in Ballantrae.”

Fay Cowan of Glenapp Castle, who is providing a pop-up restaurant for the event, says: “We have always used fresh, local food and drink and to have the opportunity to share this with such a big audience is very exciting. We are delighted to be involved.”

The Festival is working in partnership with the UNESCO designated Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere which recognises the unique qualities of the area.

Nic Coombey of the Biosphere said: “Local food and drink is essential to all of us in the Biosphere and so we are delighted to support Ballantrae by celebrating our passion for living in a way that benefits people and nature”.