Last weekend saw the annual Food on Film festival take over the little village of Kingussie in the Cairngorms National Park combining food and film to create a fun filled and very tasty weekend!
Food on Film has been on my radar for a few years now but never seemed to be able to make it down due to other commitments so this year when Claire aka Foodie Quine sent out a tweet asking if anyone fancied checking it out I was in! As there was a whole programme of events through from the Thursday night to the Sunday night we opted to just head down for the Saturday daytime programme and evening film showing. We both headed in from opposite sides of the country, Claire from Aberdeen, me from Gairloch (almost east meets west, in the middle) and started the day with some culinary delights in the Food on Film food hall within The Badenoch Centre. We unfortunately missed the morning cookery demonstration by Duncan Chisholm of La Tortilla Asesina cooking tapas on stage but managed to catch Lydie Bocquillon up on stage for some food and wine pairings before checking out all the great stands within the food hall…
I was delighted to find quite a lot of my favourite ‘foodie’ businesses present allowing me to ‘stock up’ including The Cheese House Cromarty, Great Glen Game, Glen Lyon Coffee, Windswept Brewing Co and more, as well as the opportunity to discover some great new businesses including Charlotte Flower Chocolates, Isle of Skye Baking Co, Black Isle Dairy, and much to Snow Dog Beau’s delight, Harry’s Treats; gourmet dog treats that almost looked good enough for us humans to eat!
The afternoon also saw Jess Dodd from Dry Island Shellfish cook up some fishy delights (with lots of laughs) on stage…this cookery demonstration included getting host Pennie Latin dressed up in a lobster costume, lots of food experimentation with foodie delights being thrown into the mix from various stands around the room and Foodie Quine being called onto stage for her food presentation skills (that’s what you get for giggling at the funny lobster woman from the front row!)!
Fresh langoustines, squat lobsters, hand dived scallops cooked in garlic rapeseed oil and mussels cooked in Windswept Brewing Co Wolf beer served with fresh Isle of Skye Baking Co bread were all on the menu and samples were handed around the room for everyone to try. Great way to finish off an already food and fun filled afternoon!
Next stop for us was Slemish B&B to check-in and get ready for an evening of 1930′s glamour! This lovely B&B was recommended to us by the team behind Food on Film and it did not disappoint. Nice spacious bedrooms, friendly owners and great location.
Next up was early evening drinks at the Silverfjord Hotel in their cosy lounge bar before heading over to The Badenoch Centre for the Food on Film evening showing of Gosford Park. The dress code for this event was ‘dress for dinner 30s style’ so dress up we did and although a few other folk had made the effort we did seem to stand out somewhat but then felt right at home when the Carrbridge Dancers made their grand entrance with their rendition of the Charleston! Great entertainment and a perfect way to kick off Gosford Park in style.
At half time there was the opportunity to indulge in even more great food and drink and to finish the evening off we headed back over to the Silverfjord Hotel for the unofficial ‘after party’. A thoroughly enjoyable evening all in all with lots of laughs, good company and new found careers as Flapper Girls!
The next morning we made the most of being in the Cairngorms (with sunshine and snow) and after a hearty full cooked breakfast at Slemish B&B we headed for the Green Loch in Glenmore Forest Park (one of my favourite spots in the Highlands) before heading home via the Mountain Cafe in Aviemore. Great weekend and roll on next year!