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Preview: Summer Isles Festival, Ullapool

Published: August 27, 2015
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What is the Summer Isles Festival?

The Summer Isles Festival is an annual celebration Ullapool's community and cultural identity, through top quality music, food, arts and crafts.

Where is it being held? 

The Festival will be held at Achitibuie Village Hall and Piping College in Ullapool.

When?

The Summer Isles Festival is a one day festival running over Saturday the 29th of August.

Food & Drink: 

Seafood

With 2015 being Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, the festival have stepped up their festivities to ensure attending Foodies will have plenty to enjoy.

Renowned for seafood due to the clean, clear waters of the North Atlantic, the festival will be showcasing some of the freshest fish the west coast of Scotland has to offer.

There will also be a demonstration from Ockran Oysters, a locally owned business based near Ullapool growing pacific and native oysters. Farming shellfish is a sustainable way to produce a delicious and healthy food, and they try to sell as much of their stock as they can locally. Oysters are a more versatile ingredient than many people imagine, and were commonly eaten in great quantities around our coasts until wild stocks were depleted.

Oystes main

Picture: Ockran Oysters

Other Cooking Demonstrations

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Every year there are three cookery demonstrations and stalls using and selling local produce.

Festival regular Yungyung will be providing another of his popular Chinese cookery demonstrations, this year will focus on spring rolls and prawn toast.

Drink

This years Festival Ale will be made specially by An Teallach Ale Company in Little Loch Broom by Garve. Dave Orr from the Ale Company will also host a Meet the Brewer session as part of our food and drink demonstrations between 2pm-4pm. The An Teallach Ale Company was formed in 2001 by Wilma and David Orr. When the talk in crofting world was diversification, Wilma and David moved on from sheep, coos, and tatties, and built a brewery. They now brew nine different ales and one lager "Scotia", and their products are for sale the length and breadth of Scotland.

Picture: An Teallach Ale Co.

Picture: An Teallach Ale Co.

Munch Box

The Munch Box catering trailer will also be serving a variety of different burgers, hotdogs, paninis, crepes and specials including bbq pulled pork and breakfast rolls, should you desire some extra sustenance festival.

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