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Learn tips and tastes from Skye from their award-winning chefs and cooks at Skye Food & Drink Festival …but remember…continue supporting local produce on Skye and where you live 365 days a year! The wonderful Isle of Skye is open all year round and there are places to eat and stay and great producers to be found so click on the Scottish Food Guide map to find favourite places.
Here are some of the best bits from this year’s event…
The 2019 Skye Food & Drink Festival ended on a high note on Saturday evening with a surprise wedding celebration during the festival cèilidh at Broadford Hall. In beautiful sunshine, Mike Wilson and his new bride Elsie, both from South Queensferry, were married on a beach near Breakish in front of a handful of family and close friends.
Mike said: “I really love a cèilidh and, when I saw the festival was holding one on the night of our wedding, I was delighted. We had a wonderful day and the dancing just finished it off perfectly. Everyone on Skye has been fantastic, so warm and welcoming, and have all helped to make our day very special. We have had the best ever wedding day and will never forget it.”
The Breakish Cèilidh Band put on a great set of tunes and the couple cut the festival cake which was made specially for the festival by Laura Rankin of Creatures of Habit Cakery in Kilbeg.
Now in its third year, the festival events, which took place between 24th and 29th June, included a special Talisker whisky masterclass and a clootie dumpling demonstration at the Aros Centre, Portree; a Forage and Feast event on a beach near Armadale(pictured); and a chocolate-making workshop with Glenshiel Chocolatier Finlay MacDonald at the Dunollie Hotel, Broadford.
The sold-out Ready, Steady Cook festival launch saw two of Skye’s best chefs, Marcello Tully (pictured) and Scott Davies, battling it out behind the stoves in a fun and entertaining friendly competition at An Crùbh on the Monday; and the Festival Market on Saturday and Sunday drew people from across the world who came to savour the delights of Skye and visiting artisan food and drink producers.
Festival spokesperson Sara Bain said: “We have had a great festival with such strong support from our producers and members of our local communities. We would not have been able to do it without them, so thank you.
“We are very grateful for the support of the Talisker Distillery who do such a lot for the communities of Skye in the background. We are also indebted to NFU Mutual in Portree, Williamson Food Service, Inverness, and the Connect Local Regional Food Fund.
“We look forward to seeing you all next year.”
Further information from www.skyefoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk
Isle of Skye has beautiful produce and award-winning chefs in abundance – indeed Calum Montgomery of Edinbane Lodge has just won Newcomer of the Year at Catering in Excellence Awards. Other amazing places to stay include Ullinish Country Lodge, Kinloch Lodge & Stein Inn, all with links on Scottish Food Guide.