Boats on the loch

The Loch Fyne Food Fair and Celtic Cook 2014

The  Loch Fyne Food Fair is now over for another year and despite torrential rain and a water-logged car park we can confidently declare that it was one of the best yet.

Since our inaugural fair in 1990, the event has expanded immensely to include not only our own seafood stands but also the Food from Argyll producers and other craftsmen of fine food and drink.

Music lovers were treated to a selection of exceptional performances from some great Argyllshire talent. Our Sunday afternoon Ceilidh with HeronValley went down a storm and much laughter and merriment was generated by those attempting to learn the steps!

Families were not disappointed at the array of children’s activities on offer and our Craft Tent featured a diverse range of artisans and crafts people showcasing unique wares.

Whisky Connections was an exciting addition to this year’s event and was held in conjunction with Whisky Month May 2014, a Homecoming Scotland event.

Whisky has always played an integral part in Scottish culture and we were delighted to be able to exhibit the links between food and the ‘Water of Life’ through a range of demonstrations by our visiting chefs and presentations from our suppliers.

The Saturday evening brought the Celtic Cook-Off, this event originated in Ireland and has been hosted in West Cork for the past three years. The fabulous Irish troops descended on Loch Fyne  and brought with them, bags of enthusiasm and expertise.

Our talented competitors included Tom Lewis from Scotland, Eric Theze representing Brittany, Tony Quirk from the Isle of Man, Gareth Johns from Wales, Mark Devonshire from Cornwall and finally Frankie Mallon who represented Ireland.

Our chefs battled it out for the winning title in what was an inspiring and unforgettable night. Eric Theze was declared the winner for his halibut dish which exuded regional flavours and demonstrated an excellent use of local produce.

Suffice to say those who arrived as strangers left as friends and what Craic we all had together!

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