From: Friday, September 28 2007, 9:00 am
to: Sunday, October 14 2007, 5:00 pm
One of the best and most varied traditional food and drink festivals in Scotland takes place every year in Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Originally the Highland Food & Drink Festival, in 2004 it offered festival goers the promise of a "Highland Feast" and that title has now, appropriately, been adopted for the whole annual event.
Indeed - just like a food-lover's waistline - the event has grown. From a four-day festival in 2005 it expanded to 11 days and continues to grow apace to 17 days in 2006. While originally concentrated around Inverness, Nairn and Loch Ness in 2003 three new regions joined the fray - Ross and Cromarty, Caithness and Sutherland as well as Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey.
Guaranteed gastronomic treats include special events concentrating on seafood, such as oysters, mussels, langoustines, cockles, clams, wild salmon, sea trout, crab and lobster, while in previous years there has been a Monster Brunch on the shores of Loch Ness (Nessieburgers anyone?!). Expect the distillers to be out in force too, each enticing you to a wee dram or more. Whisky galore indeed!
For those with energy to spare there will no doubt be a rerun of the 14km (just under 9 miles) walk in the Great Glen with a Haggis and Heather Highland Fling in the evening.