“Eat, drink, read”

Wigtown Food Festival
21st - 23rd July 2017
A feast of flavours in Scotland’s Book Town

Wigtown Food Festival is a celebration of seasonal produce and great food writing from Scotland and the north of England. The weekend event takes place in the intimate setting of Scotland’s national Book Town, amid the inspiring landscapes of southwest Scotland.

As well as talks and demonstrations, the 2017 Festival features 20 artisan food-and-drink businesses from as far afield as Oban and the Lake District. Find them in the Festival Marquee in the Gardens. We also encourage you to visit the area’s cafes and restaurants who will be offering a warm Galloway welcome. 

Tickets are available from Wigtown Festival Company, 11 North Main Street, Wigtown or on 01988 403222

 

FRIDAY 21st JULY

6.30pm
Food Festival Car Treasure Hunt
Meet outside County Buildings, Wigtown (£3 per person; ridesharing available and encouraged)
Teams will receive clues on arrival, with starts staggered by a few minutes. Find the first answers on foot in Wigtown, then uncover the rest during a short drive. There are no time and distance penalties and all clues can be seen from the road. A fantastic prize of a voucher for one nights B&B for two, from Hillcrest House awaits the winners. TICKETS

SATURDAY 22nd JULY

The Festival Marquee is open from 10.00am-4.30pm and will feature free events as well as 20 artisan producers and Crafty’s gin bar. Admission is £1, with every visitor entered in a prize draw to win a hamper.

11am
Sheena Horner
Spicing Up Scotland
Festival Marquee, The Gardens (free)
Sheena Horner of Galloway Chillies (and now Scottish Chillies) talks about how she has created a hot food business, building on strengths of social media and collaborations with other producers. Share her journey and, if you’ve any problems with chilli growing, this is the time to ask. TICKETS

12 noon
Helen Ryman
The Belted Galloway
Festival Marquee, The Gardens (free)
Belted Galloway cattle are the iconic breed for south-west Scotland. Farmer and artist Helen Ryman looks what the future holds for this most beautiful of beasts. TICKETS

2.15pm
Cream O Galloway’s Ready, Steady, Freeze
Bowling Pavilion, The Gardens (£12 group of two; £15 group of 3)
Choose your ingredients and create your own ice cream under the guidance of Galloway’s premier ice cream makers. Limited numbers. Book early. TICKETS

2.15pm
Rachel McCormack
Chasing the Drama: The Art of Cooking with Whisky
Number 11, North Main Street (£3)
Whisky has been Scotland's national drink for over five hundred years. But unlike many other national libations, it’s rarely used in food. Glasgow-based cook, writer and regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet, Rachel McCormack aims to change that as she shows of some recipes and gives a flavour of her fantastic new book, Chasing the Dram. TICKETS

3.30pm
Pamela Timms
The Cook Book Doctor
Festival Marquee, The Gardens (free)
Edinburgh-based food blogger Pamela Timms, author of Eat and Dust, will be on hand to give inspiration on cookbooks any occasion. Drop by and have a chat. TICKETS

6pm
Food Festival Question Time
Number 11, North Main Street (£3)
A chance to ask the experts anything you like about food in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. This evening’s panel: Rachel McCormack runs www.CatalanCooking.co.uk and is a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet and author of the new book Chasing the Dram; Shirley Spear is the Sunday Herald’s resident chef and founder of the acclaimed Three Chimneys restaurant in Skye; Pamela Timms is an Edinburgh-based food writer and blogger. TICKETS

 

SUNDAY 23rd JULY

The Festival Marquee is open from 10.00am-4.30pm and will feature free events as well as 20 artisan producers and Crafty’s gin bar. Admission is £1, with every visitor entered in a prize draw to win a hamper.

10.30am
Angela Hurrell
Adventures in Tea
Festival Marquee, The Gardens (free)
Angela Hurrell of Garrocher Market Garden, Scotland’s first Lowland tea garden, talks about growing the perfect raw material for a brew in a Caledonian climate.TICKETS

11am-3pm
Josh Sutton: The Guyrope Gourmet
Near the Festival Marquee (free)
Josh Sutton, aka The Guyrope Gourmet, will be in the centre of town cooking up free treats and talking about his guerilla style of cookery. Come and chat and taste. TICKETS

11.30am
Shirley Spear
The Marmalade Bible
Number 11, North Main Street (£3)
Shirley Spear is the founder of one of Scotland’s best known restaurants, the wonderful Three Chimneys in Skye. She is now also a food columnist for the Sunday Herald newspaper. She talks about her new book, The Marmalade Bible, and her glittering career in food. TICKETS

12 noon
Cream O Galloway’s Ready, Steady, Freeze
Bowling Pavilion, The Gardens (£12 group of two; £15 group of 3)
Choose your ingredients and create your own ice cream under the guidance of Galloway’s premier ice cream makers. Limited numbers. Book early. TICKETS

1pm
Christopher Trotter
The Whole Hog and The Whole Cow
Number 11, North Main Street (£3)
Christopher Trotter is a best-selling author of many cookbooks on Scotland and its ingredients, including The Scottish Kitchen, The Whole Hog and The Whole Cow. A long-standing champion of seasonal and local food, in this demonstration he will be cooking with produce from some of the festival’s stall-holders. TICKETS

3.30pm
Wigtown Food Festival Awards
Festival Marquee, The Gardens (free)
Join us for the announcement of the annual Wigtown Food Festival awards, presented by food writer and chef Christopher Trotter. TICKETS

4pm
Justin Maule
Wild Fig Demonstration
Number 11, North Main Street (£3)
A Scottish food ambassador, food stylist on the hit show Outlander, Justin Maule of Glasgow’s acclaimed Wild Fig caterers cooks with Belted Galloway Beef. TICKETS

7pm
Food and Wine Tasting at the Pheasant
The Pheasant Inn, Sorbie 2 DG8 8EL, £25
Born and bred in Naples, chef Andrea Cuomo presents food that reflects the rich and unique culinary heritage of southern Italy. Join us for for a very special evening of tastings at the Pheasant Inn, Sorbie, named Galloway’s restaurant of the year in the 2017 Scottish Food Awards.
Please book direct on 01988 850270; or further information go to www.thepheasantsorbie.com