Discover what’s on your doorstep

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On August 28, 2023

Every September, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight celebrates the people, products and places that are championing our industry.

And this year – like in previous years – Castleton Farm is flying the flag for Scottish producers and encouraging you to “discover what’s on your doorstep”.

Taster sessions throughout the fortnight

Yes, that is the theme for 2023. Our nation’s larder is one of the most diverse in the world, and although we don’t mean to, it’s easy to forget that the products we enjoy day-to-day, or during special occasions, are brought to us by hardworking people operating right under our noses.

And one place you can discover these are at Castleton Farm Shop and Café.

So, during Scotland Food & Drink Fortnight from Saturday 2 September through to 16 September, we are shining a spotlight on local food and drink producers and giving you a taste of what they do – quite literally!

Come along and they will be at Castleton Farm, offering taster sessions and on hand to explain a little bit more about what they do and how they do it.

Here’s a list of what to expect:

  • Sat 2 September:  Wild Hearth Bakery, Crieff – We will have a great selection of sourdoughs, ciabattas and a range a pastries available to taste and buy
  • Sun 3 September: Dean’s of Huntly – a selection of their shortbreads and savoury bites will be available to taste and buy (and our lovely chefs will make up a dipping sauce to complement the savouries)
  • Mon 4 September: Castleton –  our talented kitchen team is making an exciting new range of meals and sweet treats using Castleton berries
  • Tue 5 September: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers, Perth are bringing five generations of whisky history and definitely shouldn’t be missed
    Also on offer are the delicious fare from Isabella Preserves who are based in Edzell
  • Wed 6 September: Brawliemuir Farm – producers of local honey from Johnshaven are providing tasters, and our talented chefs are making a special meal and sweet treat with the honey
  • Thu 7 September: The Sweetie Jar, Argyll – a walk down memory lane with your favourite pick ‘n’ mix sweets, chocolates, sweetie hampers and all other goodies
  • Fri 8 September: Glenkindie Pantry, Alford – they are bringing their famous pink elderflower cordial and fruit chutneys down from Strathdon
  • Sat 9 September: Miss V Cook, Marykirk  – will have her delicious traditional Scottish tablet for you to taste, featuring sea salt, white chocolate & vodka, honey tablet and traditional, all lovingly made just a few miles south of our farm shop. Vikki (Miss V) is in from noon
  • Sun 10 September: 71 Brewing, Dundee – the city’s first active brewery in over 50 years, this independent brewery crafts crisp lagers and small batch brews. And the collaboration includes some limited edition beer cake from our bakers
  • Mon 11 September: Gordon & Durward, Crieff – these guys have been making their confectionery since 1925. Renowned for their macaroons, fudges, coated dates, gingers, marzipans, coconut ice and their famous sugar mice, why not drop in and see what the number one best sweet shop in Scotland has to offer
  • Tue 12 September: Dani’s Bees, Marykirk – local honey with our talented chefs are making a special meal and sweet treat with the honey
  • Wed 13 September: Clootie McToot Dumplings, Aberfeldy – the first published recipe of the clootie dumpling – a wonderful Scottish fruit pudding – dates back to 1747. Clootie McToot is a family business that prepares and cooks their traditional clootie dumplings using a recipe handed down through generations. Time to taste that tradition – and we should be able to rustle up some custard to go with it
  • Thu 14 September: Mearns Marmalade – Jay produces her rainbow range of artisan preserves in her kitchen in tiny, careful batches. And our chefs are crafting ready meals and cakes using her award-winning products plus we will have preserves available to sample
  • Fri 15 September: Kinnaird Kitchen – Kinnaird Kitchen is located in the original pantry of Kinnaird Castle on the Southesk Estate on the outskirts of the Brechin, Scotland. They produce handmade luxury confectionery in small batches, using a family recipe that’s over 100 years old. Stephanie will be down between 10am and 2pm offering tasters of their delicious tablet and fudge
  • Sat 16 September: six°north, Laurencekirk – a craft brewery that has been producing modern, artisanal beers in North-east Scotland since 2013. There will be tasters and our wonderful kitchen will be crafting a beer cake

We’ll keep you updated on our social media channels so make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with what’s happening on individual days.

This year’s Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight is all about celebrating the people across our industry’s supply chain that make all that possible. So come along to Castleton Farm and join in.

#ScotFoodFort23 # DiscoverWhatsOnYourDoorstep

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