Portsoy boat festival to be the biggest yet – Fishupdate.com

Portsoy boat festival to be the biggest yet Published:  18 June, 2010

THE Scottish Traditional Boat Festival kicks off in Portsoy this month and is expected to pull in locals and visitors alike to sample the very best food and drink Scotland has to offer, as dozens of the country’s top food producers descend on the quaint fishing village to share their gastronomic passion for using the finest produce.

The festival, which takes place on 26 and 27 June, is set to be the first event in Scotland supported by the new Scottish Government initiative, Scotland Land of Food & Drink, which aims to promote the use of local, fresh and seasonal produce at Scottish events.

The food fayre this year is set to be the biggest yet and local seafood naturally plays a leading role. Mouth-watering dishes made from the freshest produce – organic salmon steaks, succulent prawns, crab and mussels and fillet of yellow haddock – can all be sampled at the two-day event.

Fresh smoked salmon will be on offer from the Sutherland family, who run award-winning business Gourmet’s Choice of Portsoy, while Iain Spink’s world-famous Arbroath Smokies are guaranteed to bring fish lovers back for seconds.

Downies of Whitehills, Hamlyns of Scotland, Allathan Dairy and Andersons of Turriff, among many others, will also be showcasing their delicious and fresh local produce.

One of Scotland’s leading food writers and an advocate for Scotland’s food heritage, Liz Ashworth, has been working with the Festival to bring a mouth-watering range of cookery demonstrations to this year’s event.

Ms Ashworth will be sharing stories from her book along with a demonstration of great baking from her far-travelled girdle. Henry Angus of Sutherland’s Gourmet Choice will be taking visitors ‘behind the smoked salmon door’, sharing the secret methods used to prepare and smoke his delicious salmon.

Award-winning chef Jill Urquhart of the Seafield Arms in Cullen will be cooking up a storm with recipes using local ingredients and sharing her delicious clootie dumpling recipe.

Prepare to be tempted by other tasty treats, such as prime Aberdeen Angus burgers from Well Hung and Tender or a slice of traditional hog roast from the excellent Highland Hog Roasts. Finish off with a chunk of traditional organic cheese courtesy of Connage Highland Dairy, where produce is hand-made on the farm.