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Glamis Castle to launch two-day summer food festival

After the success of their spring festival, another food, drink and craft fair is coming to Glamis Castle.

Published: June 29, 2021
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The team at Glamis Castle are preparing to host a fun and family-friendly Summer Festival in the grounds of the historic visitor attraction.

Taking place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July, the event is set to showcase an array of local food, drink and craft businesses as well as offer visitors access to the Castle’s grounds and Castle Kitchen.

The event follows a hugely successful sell-out Spring Food Festival at the end of May.

This was the first outdoor festival event held by Glamis Castle in over 16 months and the team said it was a triumph for local food and drink traders.

Proving that people are ready to attend outdoor events of this kind after a very challenging period for the hospitality and tourism sector, the team at Glamis are thrilled to be able to offer another event of this kind so soon after the Spring Food Festival.

Helen Buchanan, general manager at Glamis Castle, said: “After the resounding success of the Spring Food Festival we are excited to be able to host the Summer Festival which has offered many businesses from the area another opportunity to showcase their products, from hand-made truffles to locally produced gin.

"It has been wonderful welcoming so many visitors to Glamis again and we are looking forward to seeing many more during our Summer Festival. Remember to book online to ensure your tickets.”

A mix of food, drink and craft companies will have a presence at the Festival including Baked by Belle, Crafty Connoisseur, The Littlest Herb Company, The Lobster Shop, Owen’s Angus Jams, hot food vendor Wild and Smoky, Tipsy Puddle Duck and Designs by Inez.

There’s also a number of businesses returning to Glamis after the success of the sold-out Spring Food Festival in May including Spice Harmony, Carnoustie Distillery and The Littlest Herb Company.

Heidi Bowman from The Littlest Herb Company, makers of an array of delicious homemade jams and chutneys, is excited to be returning to Glamis after a successful and hugely enjoyed day at the Spring Food Festival.

Heidi said: “We loved our day at the Spring Food Festival.

"The atmosphere was so friendly and so many people wandered and lingered at the stalls.

"It felt so good to have some normality again! We jumped at the chance to return since it was such a positive experience and are really hoping to see other returning traders as well as more of our foodie customers as well.

"This time we are also hoping to manage some samples to do please just ask for a tasting spoon and we will let you know what’s available.”

Owen Foster from Owen’s Angus Jams added: “I wanted to be part of Glamis’ Summer Festival because we’ve been really missing events like this over the past two years.

"It’s going to be great seeing the public and allowing them to try my delicious homemade jams, marmalades and homemade infused gins.”

Crafty Connoisseur, Midlothian based purveyors of unique alcoholic beverages, are also set to have a presence at the Festival.

Brenda McKenzie, Director at Crafty Connoisseur, said: “We have attended the Horse Trials and Christmas markets in the past at Glamis Castle so we were keen to get a space at these new events.

"We are really looking forward to being back out at a live event, meeting people and offering our great range of international craft spirits and mixers from across the globe.”

As well as the many food and drink traders, there will be outdoor food operators on site offering visitors options for lunch or snack.

Also, Glamis Castle Kitchen, an original Victorian kitchen experience is currently hosting afternoon teas, alunch menu and a table d’hote offering, curated by the Castle’s new executive chef, Kevin Hanlon.

As well as discovering the castle, visitors can explore the castle’s vast grounds and gardens including The Italian Garden, designed by Countess Cecilia, HM the Queen Mother’s mother, the grounds’ peaceful Nature Trails and the recently re-developed Walled Garden.

Glamis castle is known around the world as the inspiration for William Shakespeare’s much-celebrated play, Macbeth.

The Macbeth Trail at Glamis, located in the Pinetum is another must-see in the grounds.

Figures from major scenes in the play have been sculpted from Oak, Douglas Fir and Noble Fir trees grown on the estate, capturing the atmosphere and drama from Shakespeare’s words.

All castle visits must be pre-booked to allow Glamis to monitor visitor numbers while Covid-19 safety measures are in place.

A ticket to the Summer Festival also grants visitors access to the Castle’s extensive gardens, children’s play area, free wi-fi and free parking.

To book tickets to the Summer Festival visit the Glamis Castle website.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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