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PICTURE SPECIAL: Four-day food festival at Kingussie a feast for all


By Tom Ramage

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Kingussie’s magnificent Food on Film Festival hit a whole new level this year, with its entire season of mouth-watering films sold out and all the events on its ambitious programme supported by communities right across the strath.

Standing room only at the big even on the Saturday
Standing room only at the big even on the Saturday

And from start to finish there was no lack of backing, either, from within the organisation – no shortage of volunteers, no areas of expertise found wanting.

Enthusiasts came from all over the strath to enjoy the Food Hall
Enthusiasts came from all over the strath to enjoy the Food Hall

It’s not surprising, then, that the time has come to expand – into Europe.

Going on air: Speysound broadcast live from the big show.
Going on air: Speysound broadcast live from the big show.

“We have been approached by an Italian food festival, based in a rural area north of Milan, which wants to twin with us next year,” Lydie Bocquillon announced at the final event on Sunday.

DEMO DIVAS: Kirsten Gilmour, Lydie Bocquillon and Hannah Taylor held the huge audience captive in the Food Hall with their big show.
DEMO DIVAS: Kirsten Gilmour, Lydie Bocquillon and Hannah Taylor held the huge audience captive in the Food Hall with their big show.

“It’s the perfect finish to an absolutely fantastic festival,” said the chef, baker, cheese shop owner and prime mover of the first event on the calendar of Badenoch’s Little Town of Festivals.

Packed launch: the Food on Film programme was filled with goodies
Packed launch: the Food on Film programme was filled with goodies

A successful launch last Thursday at the Iona Gallery, with a warm welcome from local Highland Councillor Muriel Cockburn and a tasty showing of ‘2040’, was followed by Friday’s ‘Now Forager’.

Pete and Ali Brown check out the Dog Falls stand
Pete and Ali Brown check out the Dog Falls stand

There was standing-room-only at Saturday afternoon’s Food Hall in the Badenoch Centre followed that evening’s by ‘Jadoo – Kings of Curry’ in Talla nan Ros. Sunday’s delicious carvery, with ‘Grow Your Own’ brought the curtain down on by far the best festival to date.

Coffee from the capital: Sean Faughey and Caitlin Thomson's coffee stall right at the door of the Food Hall was busy all day.
Coffee from the capital: Sean Faughey and Caitlin Thomson's coffee stall right at the door of the Food Hall was busy all day.

There was no shortage of stalls in the hall, with the list of including Coffe O’Delice, Highland Boundary, Wild Cocktail Bar, Dog Falls, Elchies Farm, the Great Glen Charcuterie, Gut Feelings, Fodderty wood turning, Unravel tea and Hemp it up!

Hall together now: Glynis MacArthur from Kingussie joined Newtonmore's Ian and Rosemary Gibson (right) to watch the demonstrations.
Hall together now: Glynis MacArthur from Kingussie joined Newtonmore's Ian and Rosemary Gibson (right) to watch the demonstrations.

Badenoch's own Dalwhinnie Distillery was another of the well-patronised stands, proving very popular as ever with visitors to the strath.

The Isle of Skye Baking Company made a very successful trip the strath too, along with The Moray Honey Company,

Angels Nectar and The Crab Company.

Kingussie Parish Church laid on its Church Soup Kitchen for the duration and there was plenty of choice offered by the Rose Cottage Country Kitchen.

Literally, all tastes were catered for and it’s anyone’s guess where the Italians’ involvement next year will take things.

Anja Baak from the Glen Glen at her stall.
Anja Baak from the Glen Glen at her stall.

Mouths are watering already, especially with the promise of the return of Badenoch’s big bread-baking competition.


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