October 22 / 23 2016 saw the new look Kirkcudbright Food Festival take place in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway. An absolute phenomenal success with a footfall of over 3500, in excess of 20 different talks and demonstrations, foraging walks, children’s workshops and farm visits all incorporated. It attracted the attention of Scottish Parliament with motion being lodged by MSP Emma Harper in support of the festival. Visiting celebrity chef Nick Nairn gave three demonstrations and found time for a ‘meet and greet’ session with 40 something local producers in attendance. Glowing reviews from the Local Council all help to ensure a bright future for the Festival
Station House Cookery School is proud to have been a part of the organisation of the Festival and to lend support in having the school deliver its inaugural demonstrations and talks about food and drink production. In particular we are very proud to have been able to put local producers front and centre in front of large audiences. The demonstrations I personally led were with Barlochan Beef and Roan’s Dairy, both world class local producers from Dumfries and Galloway. I spent a lot of time with them in preparation for the demo to ensure I got their approval of the recipes and staging of the demos. Then during the demonstrations they were right there with me and given the opportunity to talk freely about their produce, what makes it special and the issues they deal with as primary producers in Dumfries and Galloway. Very much the Station House way!
Huge thank you to all involved in the Festival as organisers, producers or demonstrators. Looking forward to next year already.