Today marks the start of the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight – a two week celebration of the best food and drink our country has to offer, and the people behind it. Here, we take a quick look at all the food and drink related events happening in and around Campbeltown during the first two weeks in September.
Unsurprisingly, in a town once referred to as the Whisky Capital of the World, whisky-related events feature rather strongly! (Quite a few of these are actually monthly events but we thought this was a good opportunity to highlight them!)
31/8 Monthly Tasting @ The Tasting Room.
On the last Saturday of every month, (so today!) The Tasting Room is the venue for an informal and fun tasting. Hosted by Donald Brown, the theme varies every month. This month it’s Springbank in the spotlight with a tasting from their fabulous range of single malt whiskies. Tickets cost £15 and are available from the Cadenheads Whisky Shop.
4/9 – 18/9 Lifting the Lid @ Campbeltown Library
A touring display from the National Library of Scotland tells the fascinating story of the development of the Scots diet over the past 400 years. It is part of a Scotland-wide tour that aims to introduce the National Library’s collections to people across the country, close to where they live.
The launch event is on Wed 4th Sept at 3pm where you can see the exhibition and try some fantastic local produce.
6/9 Friday Dram Club @ The Ardsheil Hotel
The whisky bar in the Ardshiel Hotel is reason enough to go there (They’ve just won the Connoisseurs Choice Whisky Bar of the Year Award) but once a month they also host Friday Dram Club. The host this month is Ibon Mendiguren, UK Brand Ambassador of the Loch Lomond Group who own Campbeltown’s Glen Scotia Distillery. Join him as he takes you through 6 drams from the Loch Lomond Group range.
7/9 Farmers’ Market
This is your chance to stock up on some delicious local produce from the likes of Ifferdale Lamb, Ballywillane Beef and Rhoin veggies. Or pick up a sweet treat from the Little Gem Bakery. Stalls vary from month to month but the location stays the same: Campbeltown Heritage Centre car park from 10am – 1pm.
Come along to Campbeltown Library to spend an evening with renowned local author Angus Martin, talking about his new booklet ‘Glen Scotia Distillery: A History’, and Glen Scotia Distillery Manager Iain McAlister.
Not one for the superstitious, this Cadenhead’s mini-festival takes place on Friday the 13th! Tickets for the main courtyard event are now sold out but there are still spaces available at their wonderfully named tastings; Grainspotting, Rumming Man, Woodfellas and The French Connection. (Disclaimer: These tastings are nothing to do with the films, I think the Cadenhead’s team were just amused by the puns!).
Whatever you get up to during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight, hopefully you get the chance to explore and connect (or re-connect) with some of the wonderful producers and produce we have to offer. For more ideas of what and where to eat in and around Campbeltown, explore our website.