The renowned Loch Fyne Food Fair took place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May 2011, at the fields next to the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar, Cairndow, celebrating its 21st anniversary. The event which has been running since 1990 attracted 5000 people to this years fair.
Alongside Loch Fyne Oysters own seafood stands, stalls included Food From Argyll producers, as seen at T in the Park, Belladrum and Connect festivals: Winston Churchill Venison, Barbreck Farms, Bumble Puddings. The food tent also featured other Scottish producers such as Great Glen Game, Orkney Herrings, Arbroath Smokies, Crystal Shortbread, and Ayrshire Confections. There were three bars stocked by Fyne Ales, wines from the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and the Spencerfield Spirit Company.
Table talk sessions ran throughout the two days, giving people a chance to meet those producing the products showcased at the Fair. People who attended the sessions were able to meet with the producers, try their products and talk about their experiences in the food industry.
Saturday night saw the return Rusty Nail, who performed for the Loch Fyne Food Fair ceilidh.
Bruce Davidson, Managing Director at Loch Fyne Oysters said, “It was amazing to see such a great turnout at the Food Fair this year, especially as we were celebrating its 21st birthday. Everyone looked to be having a great time trying the remarkable range of produce from the local area. We’re delighted to have held an event like this for all the local families and visitors from further afield to enjoy.”
Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd – background
Loch Fyne started with one inspirational idea – to grow oysters in the clear, fertile waters of Loch Fyne. It has since developed into a cluster of businesses whose success is built on an honest approach to superb quality food.
All Loch Fyne businesses abide by the guiding environmental principles established by founders John Noble and Andy Lane at the outset. The companies work together to ensure that only the very best produce – farmed and fished to the highest quality and environmental standards – reaches the kitchens and plates of their customers.
Along with the smokehouse and shellfish farms at the base of Loch Fyne are the Loch Fyne Farm shop and the Oyster Bar, the genesis behind the Loch Fyne Restaurant group, now owned by Greene King with whom Loch Fyne Oysters have both supply and licence agreements in place.
Loch Fyne Oysters work closely with the Marine Conservation Society and is one of its Oceans 25 Ambassadors.