Food Town Day is cooking with gas

Food Town Day offers a fun event for all the family and the opportunity to come to Castle Douglas while King Street is closed to traffic.

On Saturday, June 9, it gives visitors and local alike the chance to sample the produce of local independent shops, whose quality and service are well known.

Other attractions will involve local artisan food and drink producers in stalls located on Market Hill at the top of the town. All these producers are based in Dumfries & Galloway and use locally bred or produced ingredients where possible.

There will be smoked meats and fish, organic breads, organic cheese, home-baked cakes and specialist confectionery, fresh fish and shellfish, game and venison. There will also be wines and fruit juices, cider and the locally well know “Cream Cute” stall.

The Douglas Arms Hotel will also host a crafts fair with its full complement of local producers.

Cooking demoonstrations will take place in the Food Town Initiatives marquee, also on Market Hill, where local chefs Nikos from the Thistle Hotel, Crossmichael, Kittikan Rogerson of the Thai Kitchen and Dave Sherret from the Crown Hotel will be cooking up tasty ways of enjoying local Scottish produce in Mediterranean, Thai and local styles.  

Many businesses will be offering special offers on the day and tasters. Hog and other meat roasts will be available to buy as well as the well appreciated Sulwath Beer Festival and barbecue in the brewery yard.

Community stalls will be on King Street offering foodie products to raise funds for various causes. One of stalls will be manned by the Castle Douglas Primary School PTA where the pupils’ recipe book will be on sale. Another will be the Suzuki children’s musical group.

King Street will also have street entertainment, including Scottish country dancing, the high school dance group and some magical moments from Tammy Davidson and Daffy Dill. There will also be vintage tractors and stick-making. Dalbeattie Pipe Band will open the event on Market Hill where event chairman Keith Irving will be raising the flag to start the day.