BALLANTRAE FESTIVAL EXCEEDS ALL EXPECTATIONS
Sunday’s wind and rain didn’t deter almost four thousand people turning up for the first ever Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink. With numbers exceeding all expectations, visitors flocked to the event which was held in a grand marquee at the harbour. Stalls offering fresh quality local food and pop-up restaurants all did a roaring trade.
As the Ayrshire Post published:
“What a Food-tastic day it was down by the sea at Ballantrae. The village played host to an estimated 4000 people….Village sister’s Rhona and Jeanna Nelson are pictured with catch of the day specialist Jonathaon Pieroni from Ayr. And with fine sea going names like Nelson and Pieroni, this was a fesival that couldn’t fail.”
Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods demonstrated cooking with seasonal food gathered from the seashore, woodlands and hedgerows. Writer and broadcaster, Kirsty Wark demonstrated her culinary skills using wild garlic from Ballantrae beach foraged by Mark . Trump Turnberry’s Executive Chef Munur Kara (pictured below) shared his tips for cooking mackerel; Susan Crosthwaite from Cosses, demonstrated Marrbury Smoked Salmon and local seafood (supplied by Pieroni); while Andrew Beattie of the Cook School Scotland worked his magic on local lamb and chicken.
Festival organisers say they’re delighted with the turnout. Co-ordinator, Susan Crosthwaite said: “It has exceeded all of our expectations. We had hoped for around two thousand people, and almost double that number attended.“The whole community was involved, with work we did with children and staff at Ballantrae Primary school on healthy eating being displayed.”“It was a great day for stallholders and local restaurants. Visitors had the chance to sample a huge range of quality food from this area. It shows that a small village like ours can put on a major popular event”
Photos and reports above by Ayrshire Post 15.5.15
Photo below by Stephen Ogston, Ballantrae and Colmonell minister.