The full programme has been released for the 2011 Flavour Fortnight, the annual Dumfries & Galloway’s celebration of the regions food and drink. The festival takes place over 16 days and the programme covers the entire food and drink experience, right through from farming to fine dining, and there will be a wide and diverse range of events for visitors to enjoy.
There are some new and unusual experiences this year, including a wild food forage that will take part in an afternoon, an afternoon celebration of jam with a jazz theme, a literary celebration of food held in a bookshop, a Greek meze made up of all local produce, a gastronomic quiz, a menu consisting of the favourite meals of Robert Burns, and a multi -location menu including touring routes which is designed for bikers.
Liz Ramsay of Savour the Flavours, Dumfries & Galloway’s regional food organisation, said:
“Flavour Fortnight began last year with very modest ambitions – we challenged local businesses to connect with consumers by doing something a bit different during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight and we were absolutely overwhelmed by the support from our local food and drink industry. They put together a spectacular programme of events stretching from Langholm in the east to Portpatrick in the west and for 2011 Flavour Fortnight is twice as big and twice as impressive. The programme this year is full of fantastic ideas and local businesses have put tremendous effort, innovation and creativity into their event development. It’s been a joy to watch these ideas evolve into fascinating events and I’m very much looking forward to seeing local people and visitors sharing in our region’s passion for local food and drink during Flavour Fortnight.”
Running from 3-18th September 2011 Flavour Fortnight is timed to parallel the national celebration of Scotland’s larder, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. The Dumfries & Galloway event is led by Savour the Flavours of Dumfries & Galloway and is funded by LEADER and Dumfries & Galloway Council. Each of the 92 events included within the Flavour Fortnight programme are organised by people working within Dumfries & Galloway’s food and drink industry, and they have been designed to encourage people to engage with and enjoy the quality produce available in the region.
Preparation and planning is already underway for a number of events. On Sunday 31st July Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods led a group of local artists and their friends on a woodland wild food forage to inspire them to create works of art for an event called ‘The Art of Fungi’. Mark said: “We went to one of Dumfries and Galloway’s many beautiful hidden nooks and found a wealth of delicious and interesting plants and fungi, including an enormous 2lb cep – the King of Mushrooms, a treasure trove of golden chanterelles and even some very early hedgehog mushrooms. This was an unusual foray as the artists were every bit as interested in the inedible and poisonous species we found as the delicious ones! Dumfries and Galloway is such an inspiring place, and connecting its fabulous array of wild foods with its physical beauty through this project is really exciting. I can’t wait to see the paintings that come out of it!”
The Flavour Fortnight programme of events can be seen on www.flavourfortnight.co.uk the printed programme of events will be available within the next week.