Two major food festivals at either end of summer

Flavour Taster, which runs from the 4th – 7th May, is a new and bite sized foodie experience festival that is looking to build on the previous success of Flavour Fortnight, which is the autumn celebration of artisan and local food and drink.

Among the events that have already been confirmed for Flavour Taster are Dawn Chorus Breakfast, Souper Sunday, a harbour festival, a brewery tour, wild food forages and various other taster menus that will highlight the food that is produced locally. The full programme of events for Flavour Taster 2012 is set to be released in March.

Flavour Fortnight, 25th August – 9th September returns for a third year, and moves forward a week to include the August Bank Holiday weekend. Last year saw 92 events take place across Dumfries & Galloway, from Langholm in the east to Portpatrick in the west.

There was a fascinating range of unique and unusual experiences on offer including a wild food forage around an art gallery, a jazz themed celebration of jam, a Greek mezze made with local food, an opportunity to enjoy the first tilapia harvest from Scotland’s first aquaponics project, a gastronomic quiz event, a menu showcasing Robert Burns’ favourite meals, an opportunity to meet majestic Highland cattle and full day butchery demonstrations. Organisers say they expect over 100 foodie events to take place during Flavour Fortnight 2012. 

The introduction of Flavour Taster was triggered after an independent evaluation of Flavour Fortnight stated that organisers had created a ‘nationally important event and a food tourism product from the passion and enthusiasm of the artisan food and drink industry in Dumfries & Galloway.’ Flavour Taster has been developed to build on the success of Flavour Fortnight and to satisfy the growing interest across the UK in local and artisan food and drink. 

Liz Ramsay, Project Manager of Savour the Flavours, organisers of the festivals, said:
“These festivals give us an opportunity to put quality local food and drink right at the heart of the tourism experience in Dumfries & Galloway. We have some truly world class products in this region, as well as inspirational people in the industry who are happy to share their passion with visitors to Dumfries & Galloway.

The success of Flavour Fortnight in becoming one of Scotland’s biggest food festivals in just two years is a testament to the creativity and the enthusiasm of the industry here. A whole host of artisan food and drink experiences available right across this beautifully scenic region makes Dumfries & Galloway a mouth watering short break destination this year. ”

The Flavour Taster programme of events will be unveiled in March and people who want to register to receive information about Dumfries & Galloway’s food events should visit www.flavourfortnight.co.uk .