Flavour Taster food festival gives us a taste of things to come

The inaugural Flavour Taster food festival has confirmed its full events programme. The festival, which will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 4th-7th May, will be at various venues right across Dumfries and Galloway is the south west of Scotland. Flavour Taster will be encouraging people to discover the artisan food and drink produced in the area this spring.

Savour the Flavours has developed the Flavour Taster with the intention of giving all visitors to Dumfries and Galloway a bite sized sample of the ever popular autumn food festival; Flavour Fortnight, which will take place from the 25th August-9th September.

Dumfries and Galloway is becoming increasingly well known as a destination of artisan foods and the 39 events that will take place during Flavour Taster will give all visitors the chance to connect not only with the local produce, but also with the people who create it in a wide 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.” Detailed descriptions of all Flavour Taster events can be found on  www.flavourfortnight.co.uk .

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.

For more information visit www.flavourfortnight.co.uk .

Later in the year Flavour Fortnight, a 16 day food festival including around 100 events, will take place from 25th August to 9th September 2012.