Food and Drink Festival added to Worlds programme

A HOST of top Scottish culinary talent will add a whole new flavour to the World Pipe Band Championships later this month.

Some of the country’s leading foragers, chefs, butchers, fromagiers and drinks experts will serve up a food and drink festival like no other at the prestigious piping event on Glasgow Green on Saturday 16th August. Titled ‘Albannach Food and Drink Festival – a contemporary Flavour of Scotland’, visitors will be treated to the finest fare and a full day of live cookery demonstrations and talks celebrating Scottish food and drink.
Craig Grozier, chef and co-founder of Fallachan Dining, is pulling the event together with support from Homecoming Scotland and championships organisers Glasgow Life. He revealed that the food and drink extravaganza at the World Pipe Band Championships will focus on Scotland’s best ancient, wild and natural produce.
Craig said: “It's great to be involved with the World Pipe Band Championships and have the opportunity to help orchestrate the Albannach festival of food and drink. The most exciting thing about the festival is that we will really be focusing on the ancient, wild and natural produce of Scotland so envied by the rest of the world, and it's a great chance for me to pull together and highlight the strong network of forward-thinking people we have in Scotland who make a living out of working with it.
“We will be showcasing everything from modern techniques of Grouse cooking, tastings of local artisanal cheeses, fully demonstrating and deconstructing the exact components and techniques of haggis making to how easy it is to create dishes and cocktails from foraged food.
“We aim to deliver a modern, interactive grassroots event that is also going to give us a golden opportunity to show the world the burgeoning and vibrant food scene that’s developing here in the west coast. This is really an invitation to all the food lovers of the west to get on board.”
Joining Craig will be Graeme Cheevers, Head Chef at the multi award-winning Martin Wishart’s fine dining restaurant at Cameron Hotel on Loch Lomond. Graeme is one of the country’s leading chefs, taking Scottish cuisine into a new modern era, and will
Also making a guest appearance is Jonathan Honeyman – ‘The Aberfoyle Butcher’. Jonathan promises a no-holds barred demonstration of what exactly goes into traditional haggis and how it's made, and tells us why we should all be championing Scottish meat.
A Scottish cheese chewtorial will be delivered by self-confessed ‘cheese geek’ Phoebe Weller, who will argue and prove that Scottish cheese is as good, if not better, than others from around the world.
Chris Charalambous – chef/proprietor of the award-winning Cail Bruich in Glasgow’s West End – will also be bringing something unique to the Albannach crowds. Chris spent time at the world-famous Noma in Copenhagen, where he learnt an interesting twist on the classic confection fudge. At Glasgow Green he will demonstrate exactly how to make it.
Mark Williams, Scotland's only full-time foraging tutor Mark Williams, will showcase the country’s wild larder, demonstrating how to eat and drink like royalty from our indigenous plants, fungi and seaweed.
Meanwhile, Stuart Bale and Alistair Kelsey will demonstrate how to create delicious cocktails by combining foraged food and modern techniques with the best drinks Scotland has to offer. The experts are Glasgow expats, now based at Strangehill, one of London's alcoholic drinks consultancies. Their clients are amongst the top names of the world’s bar, restaurant and hotel scenes.
Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “The World Pipe Band Championships is a marvellous celebration of Scottish culture, and the Albannach Food and Drink Festival will complement this perfectly. I’m sure visitors from all nationalities will be extremely interested in the wide variety of traditional, natural Scottish foods on offer.”
Around 25,000 visitors are expected at Glasgow Green on 16th August for this year’s World Pipe Band Championships. More than 220 bands will and 8,000 pipers from all over the globe will flock to the city for what is always the biggest event in the piping calendar.
From    Marc McLean, Media Officer, Glasgow Life
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