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World's only Highland Haggis Festival comes to Lochaber

Scotland and the world's only festival celebrating its national dish will take place in and around Spean Bridge, Lochaber, on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April 2016.

Published: April 7, 2016
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A true community project, supervised by the Glen Spean and Great Glen Tourism Marketing Group, the Highland Haggis Festival aims to combine the celebration of one of Scotland's best-known icons with an event which both local people and visitors from across the country will enjoy.

The fun-filled weekend starts on the evening of Saturday 16 April in Spean Bridge Community Hall from 7pm, with an opportunity to fill your belly with some of Scotland's best haggis, followed by the chance to work the calories off dancing to the music of the Sileas Sinclair Band.

The main event of the weekend, which will be officially opened by Donald Cameron of Locheil, takes place in Spean Bridge Primary School from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday 17 April, and features an impressive variety of mini-events guaranteed to suit all ages and tastes.

With background music provided by local youngsters, a craft and produce fair will allow the public to see first-hand the incredibly high quality of Highland home-crafts, providing an opportunity to admire, sample and purchase souvenirs. Cookery demonstrations, showing the versatility of the humble haggis, will be conducted by some of the area's most innovative chefs, including Scott Kelly of Letterfinlay Lodge Hotel, Allan Donald from Laroch Restaurant, Ballachulish and Spean Bridge's own Ben Martin of the Station Bar and Restaurant.

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The family aspect of the event also features body zorbing, the opportunity to test your muscle with a haggis-flinging competition, a bouncy castle, and a Haggis Cafe will be running all afternoon.

The public will also be able to impartially comment on the attributes of the finest examples of our renowned dish by taking part in a blind tasting session of several famous brands of haggis.

Throughout the weekend, young haggis-hunters can scour Spean Bridge to find over 20 haggii, hidden in variousnooks and crannies across the village.

The Festival has also compiled its own haggis recipe book with contributions from top names in the Scottish culinary world. This will be available at the event, but may be reserved online via the Highland Haggis Festival website.

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