Food & Drink Festival Returns

Tasty local produce can be sampled at the third Lochinch Castle Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 2nd September. The day offers something for everyone with a varied mix of producer stalls, live music, cookery demonstration, sampling and activities for children, all in the tranquil setting of Lochinch Castle grounds and the Victorian Courtyard.

The Festival is part of the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight and flavour fortnight, championing the Dumfries and Galloway food and drink producers of our area. Stalls include home baking, cakes, chocolate, cup cakes, pork and bacon, beef and cheeses, real ales, jams, chutneys, ice cream, deli produce and fruit and vegetables. Local craft and plant stalls will also be participating.

‘We have a full day of activities planned for the whole family including tasty sampling of everything from beef to ice cream, inspiring menu ideas from Douglas Lisi, live music and children’s activities on the castle lawn. We hope we’ve created another exciting celebration of delicious local produce and encourage you to experience and support our local producers at this event,’ said Lady Stair.

Local Chef Douglas Lisi of L’Aperitif will be giving a cookery demonstration at 11am using many of the ingredients available for sale on the day, Elastic Band will perform live in the marquee from 1-3pmand Douglas The Magic Clown will keep children entertained as will the bouncy castle and military inflatable obstacle course.

Entrance fee is £2 for adults, (children free) and includes a 50% discount to Castle Kennedy Gardens on the day.

If you would like a chance to win free entry to The Food and Drink Festival for two adults, simply answer the question below:

What time will the cookery demonstration by local Chef Douglas Lisi commence?

E-mail your answer with your contact details to by 5pm on Tuesday 28th August. The winner will be notified on Wednesday 29th August by e-mail.

Lochinch Castle is situated on the edge of Castle Kennedy Gardens, one of Scotland’s finest situated in 75 acres of beautiful landscaped terraces and avenues. Located 3 miles east of Stranraer on the A75, through the large gates opposite Inch Church (sat nav DG9 8RT). Gates open at 10:00am and the event concludes at 4:00pm.

The busy programme of events and activities at Castle Kennedy Gardens is coming to an end as the gardens close on 31 October so don’t miss bird watching with RSPB ranger Hannah Doyle on Wednesday 5th and Friday 14th September between 2-4pm, guided walks of the spectacular Autumn colours on Wednesday 12th September and Wednesday 17th October , Story Telling with author Renita Boyle on Tuesday 16th October and getting ready for winter tours of the garden on Thursday 18th and Wednesday 24th October. The annual Lochinch Castle Victorian Charity Christmas Fair takes place on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November supporting Macmillan Cancer Support. For further details contact 01776 702024 or visit ENDS