A delicious menu of hands-on foodie experiences was unveiled yesterday as the Flavour Fortnight 2013 programme was launched.
Now in its fourth year, Flavour Fortnight is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s most important food festivals, with hundreds of Dumfries and Galloway food and drink businesses hosting and participating in a diverse programme of events and activities.
With a thriving artisan food and drink scene in one of Scotland’s most scenic areas, Flavour Fortnight is all about giving direct access to the people and the produce that make this corner of Scotland so delicious.
Taking place over 16 days from 31st August to 15th September, Flavour Fortnight is a dispersed food festival with more than 90 events and experiences hosted by individual artisan producers, farmers’ markets, retailers, chefs and farmers.
Flavour Fortnight encourages people to experience new food and drink in the locations in which it is created, enjoying the landscape, the passion of the producers and the joy of creativity along the way.
Practical and immersive events are one of the key attractions of Flavour Fortnight this year. As well as learning how to be a beekeeper, people can learn try their hand at baking bread or making fine chocolates, take part in a day-long cider making course with Scotland’s only traditional cider maker, enjoy full day coastal foraging and fungi foraging tutorials with Scotland’s leading wild food expert and learn how to create spectacular ice cream cakes.
The fortnight is this year funded by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s South of Scotland Business Competitiveness Project and by EventScotland, and it is part of the Year of Natural Scotland.
Launching the festival, councillor Finlay Carson said: “Flavour fortnight is a unique event to Dumfries and Galloway. It showcases the produce and quality of over 200 businesses within our region. The event was developed by Savour the Flavours only three years ago and has grown to be one of the most eagerly anticipated in our region. It attracts a huge number of local people and visitors to our towns and villages to try something different and to encourage them to try the different foods on offer.
“I am confident that this year’s event will build on the success of previous years and continue to promote Dumfries and Galloway as a Food Tourism Destination.”
Flavour Fortnight sweeps across Dumfries and Galloway from 31st August to 15th September. To view the full programme of events or to order a copy of the festival programme visit www.flavourfortnight.co.uk