Fortnight of treats

After enjoying a summer in the city, escaping to the country sounds like a great idea and with Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight running this month, there’s never been a better excuse for a bit of culinary exploration.

In Perth, Scottish Chef of the Year 2013 Graeme Pallister, is hosting a masterclass on Wednesday, 17 September. Graeme will demonstrate the evening’s starter course of game with pickled walnuts, damsons and wild mushrooms, as well as a Crowdie mousse with Perth honey which everyone will try during the class. This will be followed by a three-course menu showcasing Scottish produce at its seasonal best. The event is at Graeme’s Perth restaurant, 63 Tay Street.

The inaugural Linlithgow Eat And Drink festival is on 21 September at Linlithgow Peel. Its highlights include a tented market of local businesses, farmers market, cook-offs between the area’s top chefs and cooking classes for children using Scottish produce.

If you like technology, then a new app may be right up your street. The “Scotland’s Pubs & Bars: A Story to Tell” app really does what it says on the tin, with the story behind some of Scotland’s drinking – and eating holes. It offers a way to check out some of the activities going on as part of Food and Drink Fortnight, whether it’s a special menu or tastings or festivals – and it works offline as well which makes it great for touring the more remote parts of our country.

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