Local Hero Festival: food and drink events taking place at Banff event - including rabbit pie competition and Outlandish beer

The 40th anniversary of the iconic Scottish film is being celebrated this month. Here's everything you need to know.

Published 3rd May 2023
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Local Hero, which turns 40 this year, will be celebrated in its hometown of Banff this month with a range of events including food and drink themed ones.

The film was said to have put Scotland on the cinematic map, so residents of the Scottish seaside town of Banff are planning this three week festival to honour its birthday, which is set to bring super-fans from around the world together.

When is the Local Hero Festival?

The event runs from Saturday 6 May until Saturday 27 May.

What's on at the Local Hero festival?

There's a range of walking tours, which follow on from the opening weekend, an exhibition, immersive northern lights experience, ceilidhs, live music and the grand final of the rabbit pie competition.

What food and drink is available?

Festival organiser and private chef, Andrew Mellon, is hosting a six course tasting menu at his home, N/ine.

Guests are invited to join the immersive experience which will start with a cocktail, followed by six courses that include local produce such as seafood, fish and meat. There will be accompanying wine and live music.

On Saturday 27 May there is a free farmers' market at Canal Park in Banff from 10am-3pm. There will be food, drink and craft stalls as well as live music, pipe bands, magic acts, competitions, bouncy castles and archery.

The festival has launched a nationwide hunt to Britain’s best rabbit pie chef (inspired by a storyline in the film).

The rabbit pie bake off will take place on Saturday 13 May, with judges deciding the winner. Professional chefs to amateur bakers are expected to take part.

The winner will take home a trophy and £3000 worth of prizes.

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Local beer for local festival

Local Hero

Outlandish, a microbrewery based in Lanarkshire, has created a new Local Hero themed beer, Local Hero Brew, for the festival.

Owners and brothers Ronnie and Kenny have partnered with the famous Pennan Inn, who will be serving the new beer throughout the month of May and Pennan owner Monika designed the label for the bottles.

The beer will be available on tap and in bottles throughout the festival and it’s expected that thousands of pints will be sold to Local Hero super fans around the world.

The brew is a perfect accompaniment to the already announced “Great British Rabbit Pie Off” taking place at the Festival.

For more information on the Local Hero Festival, visit their website.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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