Food & Drink 2018-06-24T22:48:07+00:00

Sponsored by Gray’s Recycling Services and Downies of Whitehills, the ever popular Food Fayre will bring together a mix of the region’s finest food and drink for you to taste and try.  The Food Fayre is complimented by the many food stalls located around the harbour areas.

With thanks to our local Coops for their continued support of the Festival Cookery Demonstration programme, we have also brought together a wonderful team of chefs and demonstrators who will use local ingredients, kindly supplied by producers from the Food Fayre, to create a feast of tempting dishes over the weekend.

Find details of all the Food Fayre exhibitors and caterers in the Festival Programme.

Don’t miss the live Cookery Demonstrations!

Our host for the weekend is Craig Smith.  Midlands born, Craig has recently joined the team at Cullen Bay Hotel, following five years working at Baxters where he did two years working in the Development Kitchen and then three years as Head Chef at the Highland Village. He has been in the industry for the best part of twenty years working at 2/3 rosette level kitchens from Birmingham to Edinburgh. He appeared on BBC MasterChef The Professionals back in 2009 where he made it to the quarter finals and cooked for the legendry Michel Roux Junior.

Saturday 30th June

10.00am Pizza from Scratch
Robert Fenton, Proprietor of Haydns Wood Fired Pizzas, started his working life as a Pizza Chef nineteen years ago. During that time, he has won several awards and has been ranked amongst the fastest Pizza makers in Scotland.  Robert will start the demonstrations off with his Pizza Making skills. He uses the authentic Italian method of hand stretching the dough, which he then tops with locally sourced Scottish ingredients and bakes in a woodfired oven.

11.00am Butchery Demonstration
Chris Hall, who recently won the award for the Best Butcher in Scotland, from Bannerman Butchers, Inverbervie is a fourth-generation butcher passionate about delivering the highest quality meat, sourced locally. Chris will showcase the benefits of shopping at a Butchers which sources all their meat locally, combining traditional and modern butchery practices. Chris will demonstrate his skills in cutting meat which Craig will then cook.

12.30pm An Estonian demonstration using Fish and Gin
Esta Tamm, Estonian managing director of the Fisheries Association of the Gulf of Liivi, has a magic touch with fish and is sure to teach you something new about how to cook it. In this innovative session she will introduce using gin for marinating fish giving it a new and refreshing twist.

2.00pm Fish Dish Demonstration
Alan Stewart, Procurement Manager at Sutherland’s of Portsoy, will cook up some delicious ideas using wonderful fishy ingredients as well as entertaining you with his own style of humour. He will cook a Salmon and Chorizo dish using the finest of Scottish Salmon from Sutherlands of Portsoy, pan fried with chorizo, cherry tomatoes, black olives and some fresh herbs.

3.00pm Gin Masterclass
Ryan Rhodes, Deeside Distilleries, Brand Director, holds many years’ experience in the global drinks trade and was a finalist in the 2017 World Flor De Cana Rum finals in Nicaragua. A master mixologist, he has broad experience working as far afield as Singapore. Starting with a brief history of gin distillation and modern production Ryan will discuss what separates distilled from rectified gin and explain what gin provenance is. He will talk through the Distillery’s production and the grains, spirit and botanicals used to create the team’s Naked Gin.

4.00pm An Estonian demonstration using Cucumber, Gherkins and Honey.
Kaire & Phillip Roder and Angela Jõumees are masters of invention when it comes to creating culinary delights with cucumber and honey. Learn how to marinate cucumber to create the best pickles, create cucumber preserves and even sample the surprisingly tasty combination!

Sunday 1st July

10.30am Craig Smith will start the day with great ideas for creating a healthy brunch.

11.30am Traditional Latvian Pastry Masterclass
Ruta Sokolovska will demonstrate the traditional method of pastry making from the Kuldiga region in Latvia, a tasty delight made from rye and filled with carrots.

12.30pm Gin Masterclass
Ryan Rhodes of Deeside Distillery will present his second Gin Masterclass of the weekend.

1.30pm An Estonian demonstration using Fish and Gin.
Esta Tamm, will again demonstrate the use of gin for marinating fish, giving it a new and refreshing twist.

3.00pm Craig Smith will end this year’s programme with the preparation of dishes using as many products as possible from our exhibitors at the Food Fayre. Stand by for some tasty surprises!