The Royal Deeside Larder Venison Festival

A treat for gallant foodies, The Royal Deeside Larder Venison Festival returns to the Highlands this month. The Festival, now in its second year, offers an array of gourmet surprises – including the world’s first smoked venison and juniper berry ice cream by The Cowshed Restaurant in Banchory.

Spread across some 20 hotels, restaurants and country estates throughout Royal Deeside, the Festival offers meat lovers the chance to indulge in a mix of venison-themed dishes and activities.

Taking the chill out of the autumn air, the menu is a blend of new and traditional venison dishes – from Nepalese Mountain Village Venison Curry to burgers, warming broths and venison haggis.

And food is not the only thing on the menu as the Festival also includes wildlife safari walks, clay pigeon shooting and venison cooking demonstrations. Taking place across host of charming Royal Deeside establishments such as the Finzean Estate Farm Shop and Tearoom, Banchory and the AA three Rosette-awarded Green Inn, Ballater to name but a few, the Festival is also a sizzling excuse to get away from the city and sample some of the finest hospitality and scenery that Scotland has to offer.

The Venison Festival runs from 25 October, 2011 until 30 October, 2011. Find out more about the Venison Festival’s current programme of events and venues at

Zoë Keown

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