An exciting annual festival will include an island-wide food and drink trail this year.
The 2019 Skye Food & Drink Festival takes place between 24 and 29 June, with the trail planned for the weekdays of 24-27 June.
Also planned is the festival artisan market on 28 and 29 June, to be held in Broadford Hall.
The 2019 Festival will open with a seafood-themed launch on Monday 24 June at An Crùbh, Duisdale, and will include an entertaining version of Ready, Steady, Cook when two of Scotland’s finest chefs, Marcello Tully of Kinloch Lodge and Scott Davies of the Three Chimneys will pit their culinary talents against each other in a knives-out battle. The event will be followed by high tea and sea shanties.
Marcello Tully said: “As a destination for exceptional food and produce, Skye’s reputation has grown from local to national to global over the years.
“We are a passionate and ambitious food community here; the festival is a wonderful opportunity to discover, promote and celebrate what we do together.
“I am looking forward to competing with Scott Davies in this version of Ready, Steady, Cook and whoever wins, we are delighted to help promote Skye and the surrounding area to the rest of the world. No man is an island!"
Festival organisers are encouraging all businesses and individuals in the food and drink sector on Skye and the surrounding region, whether growing, harvesting, producing or serving food and drink on the Island, to get involved and place their businesses on the map.
Festival director, Pam Allan, said: “Skye is already well known for its production and service of premium food and drink and the fine quality of its natural harvest. The Island is home to a few of the best chefs in the country and many of our producers have amassed multiple awards for their goods and services.
“The Skye Food & Drink Festival is in its third year and, to showcase the excellence, vibrancy and diversity of our rapidly growing food and drink sector, will take on a completely different format for 2019.
“We have extended the number of days to include a food and drink trail to encourage visitors and members of our communities to travel around the Island and meet the people behind the produce, see how that produce is made and buy or taste, in the case of cafés and restaurants.
“We would like to encourage as many businesses as possible to join the trail by offering visitors to their businesses some kind of added value. This could take the form of a special offer on products or services, hosting a special event at their premises, or even the production of a few nibbles or a cup of tea on arrival. Some hotels and bed and breakfasts are offering discounted rooms during the festival to encourage visitors to stay longer on the Island.
“The aim is to create an island-wide festival atmosphere and get people to visit as many businesses as possible along the trail.”
Over the course of the festival, there will be cookery demonstrations at the Aros Centre, Portree; the launch of a new season for the Glendale Highland Market; masterclasses, live music and a two-day festival market at Broadford Hall where festival-goers have opportunities to taste and buy the produce from Skye and visiting artisan producers, pay a visit to the artisan café and enjoy live music. The festival ends with a barbecue and cèilidh dance on the Saturday evening.
Further information on the festival can be found at www.skyefoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk.