Dumgoyne, 11 December, 2008; Scotland's most beautiful distillery, Glengoyne's inaugural food and drink festival on Saturday, 6 December was hailed by organisers as a "roaring success". Expected numbers had been predicted at 500 but actual visitors exceeded 5,000.
Food Fair Stalls
Stuart Hendry, Glengoyne's Brand and Development Manager and organiser of the event said: "Locals and visitors from further afield turned out in their thousands for this free family fun day. Feedback has been incredibly encouraging. So much so that people are urging us to look at hosting a summer event as well as a Christmas one and to make these an annual event.
Food Fair Stalls
"There is a resurgence and interest for people as to where their food and drink comes from. This event celebrated what is great about Glengoyne and was an opportunity to sample the best food and drink produce from the local area. It was truly a celebration of the 'Real Taste of Malt' partnered with the 'Real Taste of Food."
The Jaggy Bunnet - Inflatable Bar
There was plenty for everyone to enjoy on the day. In addition to the food stalls in 'Glengoyne's Garden of Consumption', there were a range of unusual gift ideas and plenty of activities to entertain all the family. For the grown-ups there was an inflatable bar, selling a range of drinks including award winning WEST and Brew Dog beers. Tutored whisky and beer tastings were also on offer as well as cooking demonstrations from BBC's Great British Menu contestant and chef, Tom Lewis of Monachyle Mhor and his team at MHORfish and MHORbread. Edenmill, 'The Real Farm Shop of the Area', fired up their barrel smokers, selling their wonderful meat produce, Christmas trees and wreaths. For the children, there was a cake design competition in association with Mhorbread, carol singing, angel hunts, story telling and, of course, Santa's Grotto - by the foot of the distillery waterfall at the end of a magical glen.
The path to Santas Grotto
Fish and Chips
The Glengoyne Shop
Glengoyne Distillery, which offers an unrivalled visitor experience, is situated 30 minutes outside Glasgow, looking out over the breath-taking West Highland Way.
Iain Weir, Marketing Director
Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd
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