Heritage Foods of Alba

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Wendy Barrie, Scottish Food Guide, will be presenting The Heritage Foods of Alba Exhibition at The Scottish Parliament on March 5th– 7th inclusive. This Member Sponsored Exhibition is thanks to the support of AnnabelleEwing MSP and will take place in the Members’ Lobby this week.

Scotland is blessed with a unique range of amazing and rare foods that many Scots are unaware of so Wendy is highlighting these in this inaugural exhibition of her photography, featuring a selection of Scottish rarities that have been awarded Slow Food International Ark of Taste status, part of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity.

Ardoch Hebridean Sheep

Wendy says, The Ark of Taste was created by Slow Food to catalogue the existence of endangered foods and associated food culture lest they are lost or forgotten forever. Not only is this a valuable register providing fascinating insights, it may also be our saviour one day. As industrial farming methods and food processing continue to diminish our biodiversity, these fragile foods are recognized and boarded on the Ark, a record of our food heritage and a saving of old breeds, varietals and seeds.

This is a wonderful opportunity for MSP’s to familiarise themselves with Scotland’s rich food culture and the people who are dedicated to preserving and promoting it.  Thanks to the generosity of Campbell’s and Birken Tree there will be complimentary tastings of Ark of Taste Selkirk Bannock and Birchwater respectively. https://www.campbellsbakery.comhttps://www.birkentree.co.uk

More Members’ News…

Macbeths make a great range of sausages using natural skins that are much less chewy and help keep retain flavour.  They also make a variety of burger as well as delicious black pudding and haggis. Also, with colder weather due this weekend, try their great olives to make a sumptuous stew https://www.macbeths.com

Knockinaam are extending their winter rates until the 28thof April (excluding 19,20,21,22) and for stays of two or more nights you will receive a choice of their usual garden visit or if you would like to do something a little different why not try a visit to Logan fish pond, just mention when booking which option you would prefer. https://www.knockinaamlodge.com

New season’s menus at Contini and charming Mother’s Day treats https://www.contini.com

Ballintaggart has an exciting new programme in The Cook School by Ballintaggart
(check out the preview of new dates here) and they are working with lots of guests to celebrate special occasions with The Feasts by Ballintaggart  including special birthdays, foodie hen dos, meetings and away days, our inaugural retreat and weddings too. Such a wonderful place – and check out their great midweek prices at Grandtully Hotel by Ballintaggart too. https://ballintaggart.com

A very cute offer from Walkers whilst stocks last https://www.walkersshortbread.com/uk/


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