Kirkcudbright might be best known for being Dumfries and Galloway’s Artists’ Town but that’s not the only treasure you’ll find when you visit the area. Thanks to its position on the Solway Coast and the surrounding lush farmland, Kirkcudbright is home to wonderful food and drink all year round. It’s obvious from visiting local cafes and restaurants that there is a real passion for local produce and the Kirkcudbright Food Festival showcases and celebrates this in abundance each autumn.
The town has always boasted high quality produce and last year saw the first Kirkcudbright Food Festival organised as part of Kirkcudbright Summer Activities. Joined by well-known celebrity chef, Nick Nairn, the festival attracted over 3,500 extra visitors to the town over the two days. It’s part of the town’s aim to put Kirkcudbright on the map and attract self-confessed foodies from far and wide, who are attracted by the rich array of goods.
There were over 20 events at last year’s festival catering for every taste, from children’s cakepop making and delicious street food to debates on food production and even a pop-up gin bar.
This year’s festival takes place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October and you can guarantee that there will be something to your liking. As well as a range of stalls at the farmers’ market, there will be demonstrations, such as last year’s on cooking the perfect steak, talks, discussions and debates. And, of course, there are plenty of opportunities to sample local produce along the way.
The details of this year’s event are strictly under wraps until nearer the time but you can be sure of a fabulous range of food and drink from Dumfries and Galloway and beyond, including meat, fish, ice cream, cheese, fruit and veg and tempting sweet treats. It’s also a rare opportunity to meet the people behind your favourite delicacy and find out more about the journey from farm to fork.
There’s so much to celebrate in the way of Dumfries and Galloway’s food and drink that you don’t have to go far to find award-winning produce, such as Loch Arthur cheese, Barlochan Highland beef and Gledpark venison. All are within easy reach of High Kirkland Holiday Cottages, too, so even if you won’t be visiting during the festival you can still savour what the region has to offer.
Thanks to Dumfries & Galloway! What’s Going On? for providing the images.