“Eat, drink, read”

Wigtown Food Festival
19th - 21st July 2018

Taking place in Wigtown, former county town and service centre for the Machars of Galloway, a historic food producing area. The Food Festival show cases farmers, producers, chefs, and food writers. 

Whilst celebrating food, from the farm to the plate in Dumfries and Galloway, the festival also includes producers from other areas of Scotland and the north of England. Wigtown is Scotland’s national Book Town, and retains it’s small country town charm and character, where life is at a more relaxed pace, and there is time and space to enjoy good food.

We hope you can join us!

 

Friday 19th July

Scottish Cheese and Wine Evening (Sponsored by Montpelier Chartered Accountants)

The Festival Marquee - £10/person

We're delighted to have a truly Scottish Cheese and Wine evening with local cheese business The Ethical Dairy and Scotlands' only craft wine business Cairn o' Mohr Fruit Wines

 

Saturday 20th July

The Festival Marquee is open from 10:00 until 16:00 featuring free events as well as over 20 artisan producers and the Machars Young Farmers Tearoom from 11:00 until 14:00. ​

 

The Honey Challenge - details in this years programme or pick up a judging form in the Marquee and help us fine the best honey dish in town!

 

10.30am to 11.30am – Tony’s Food Tour
Join Tony for a ‘Celebration of Local Fish’. Born in Belfast but now Castle Douglas based, Tony Budde is an award-winning chef with over 30 years of experience including working at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant and Cafe in Padstow and running his own Seafood Grill in Kincardine. Enjoy the craic and there will be plenty of samples.

Festival Marquee - Free

 

12:00 - Half Moon Gardens

Create a bee friendly summer wreath with Gill Butler-Orli. RHS trained Gill has been running courses and workshops for over 20 years. Gill and husband, Andrew, run a garden design and maintenance business based in the Machars.
Free event and all materials supplied.

 

14:00 - 16:00 - Tony's Cook School 
Under the creative eye of award-winning chef Tony Budde, conjure up some amazing dishes to impress your friends and maybe even yourself. Bring a tub to take your creation home.
Tickets £10 – all ingredients provided.

More Details including booking HERE

 

14:00

Curly Tale Books
Story telling for little ones at 18 North Main Street. Bees and honey and stories galore...

 

19:00 – Kitchen Coos and Ewes : Home Grown Tourism at Beltie Books and Cafe, 6 Bank Street, Wigtown

Neale and Janet McQuistan will introduce you to their plans for Farm Tours and more at Airyolland Farm near Glenluce. They breed Beltex, Bluefaced Leicester and Scotch Mule sheep. They also farm the infamous native breed to Scotland - Highland Cattle.
Free but ticketed as places are limited. A wee glass of wine available too. Booking HERE

 

Sunday 21st July

The Festival Marquee is open from 10:00 until 16:00 featuring free events as well as over 20 artisan producers and the Machars Young Farmers Tearoom from 11:00 until 14:00. ​

 

The Honey Challenge - details in this years programme or pick up a judging form in the Marquee and help us fine the best honey dish in town!

 

10.30am to 11.30am – Tony’s Food Tour
Join Tony for a ‘Celebration of Local Fish’. Born in Belfast but now Castle Douglas based, Tony Budde is an award-winning chef with over 30 years of experience including working at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant and Cafe in Padstow and running his own Seafood Grill in Kincardine. Enjoy the craic and there will be plenty of samples.

Festival Marquee - Free

 

12:00 - Western Galloway Beekeepers' Association

Members of the Association will be in attendance at Wigtown Food Festival throughout the weekend. Join Linda Robertson of WGBA for an illustrated talk which is to be informative and fascinating. It's a great chance to learn more about the skills involved in keeping bees, and their vital importance to all of us.

Festival Marquee - Free

 

14:00 - 16:00 - Tony's Cook School 
Under the creative eye of award-winning chef Tony Budde, conjure up some amazing dishes to impress your friends and maybe even yourself. Bring a tub to take your creation home.
Tickets £10 – all ingredients provided.

More Details including booking HERE

 

15:30 - 18:00 - Wigtown Food Festival goes on farm

Go behind the scenes of a dairy farm in the heart of Wigtownshire.
During this special food festival farm tour you will meet dairy farmers Colin Ferguson, Rory Christie and Aylett Roan. Between them they look after more than 2000 cows in Dumfries and Galloway.
Find out how they look after their livestock, the importance of dairying in South West Scotland, visit the calves, see the cows grazing in the field and watch the milking.
Finish off your day with a tasty milkshake from the Udder Bar by Roan’s Dairy.

More Details including booking HERE

 

15:30 - Wigtown Food Festival Awards

Join us in the festival marquee in the gardens for the announcement of the annual Food Festival Awards.