Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Flavour Taster - May Bank Holiday Food Festival

The full programme of events for the inaugural Flavour Taster food festival has been confirmed. Taking place over May Bank Holiday weekend, from 4th – 7th May, at venues across Dumfries & Galloway in south west Scotland, Flavour Taster encourages people to discover the region’s artisan food and drink produce this spring.

Flavour Taster has been developed by Savour the Flavours to give visitors to Dumfries & Galloway a bite sized taste of popular autumn food festival Flavour Fortnight (25 Aug – 9 Sep 2012). Dumfries & Galloway is increasingly becoming known as an artisan food destination and the 39 events taking place during Flavour Taster will give visitors the opportunity to connect with local produce and the people who create it in a variety of ways.

Liz Ramsay, Project Manager of Savour the Flavours, said: “We're encouraging people to take a bite out of Dumfries & Galloway this May. Flavour Taster will help introduce foodies to Dumfries & Galloway and encourage visitors who are already here to discover the flavours of our region, and we hope it will encourage more visitors to return for longer breaks in the autumn to enjoy Flavour Fortnight. I’m thrilled that our local food businesses are supporting this new festival by hosting such a delicious range of quality experiences, each of which has local produce at its heart.”

Programme highlights include Lambing Live in Portpatrick where there’s a good chance of seeing a ewe giving birth as well as finding out about pedigree lamb and beef; a Spring Forage with Gourmet Wild Food Tasting menu with an experienced forager and wild food chef; a Harbour Festival in Annan; an introduction to fish with talks, demonstrations and cookery class at world renowned Penninghame House; a local food themed tapas at National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Gardens; workshops on confectionary making and artisan bread baking; Masterchef Masterclass a full day of training in a professional kitchen; an immersive farm tour and butchery day and a myriad of sampling and tasting opportunities, chef demonstrations, farmers' markets and special menus across south west Scotland.

Savour the Flavours is funded by LEADER and Dumfries & Galloway Council, and Dumfries & Galloway Council have provided extra funding for Flavour Taster through the South of Scotland Business Competitive Project, a new European funded project that supports local businesses and promotes economic growth.

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