Don’t turn your noses up, we’re massive haggis fans here, just don’t think about what it is… delicious. So we’re bowled over by the fact there is a new Highland Haggis Festival, said to be the first family-focused festival to celebrate Scotland’s iconic national dish and showcase its amazing versatility.
It will be staged in Spean Bridge at the heart of Fort William and Lochaber, known as the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, on Saturday 11th April 2015.
Glen Wilson from event organisers, the Glen Spean and Great Glen Tourism Group, said: “The Highland Haggis Festival is the first of its kind to celebrate Scotland’s national dish, whilst at the same time showcasing its versatility.
“While Burns Night is an important date in Scotland’s calendar, we are keen to highlight the fact that haggis is a wonderfully flexible dish and can be eaten on any day of the year and in so many different ways. Our festival will allow the whole family to discover all there is to know about the mighty haggis with tasty, fun and informative activities throughout the day.” Well said, say us.
Highlights of the free event programme, to be staged at the Spean Bridge Primary School from 1pm to 5pm, include:
Haggis cookery demonstrations and tastings by world-renowned Haggis producer Macsween’s resident chef Colin Bussey, together with local chefs from Spean Bridge’s own Russell’s Restaurant and The Old Station Restaurant. Colin Bussey will rustle up Vegetarian Haggis Empanadas, Traditional Haggis & Lamb Koftas; as well as demonstrating how to cook the perfect British beef and haggis burger. Macsween recipe books will be available to take away.
A children’s Haggis recipe competition. Haggis is a very versatile ingredient, quick and easy to cook. Organisers are challenging the kids to come up with a fantastic new recipe to tempt the judges. There will be some great prizes for the winner, including having their recipe cooked by former Gleneagles chef Colin Bussey as part of his cookery demonstrations at the festival.
A Haggis Hunt with a special guest appearance by Hamish the Haggis.
A Highland Haggis Fling with the Lochaber Ladies Shinty Team. The Highland Haggis Fling is a Haggis hurling competition. Individual hurls of the Haggis will be judged on the basis of distance and accuracy of the hurl. Can you beat the World Record of 217 feet?
Other attractions include a Craft Fair showcasing talented designers, makers and producers from the Fort William and Lochaber area, refreshments and treats at the Haggis Café; live music from Lochaber Music School students and broadcasts from Nevis Radio.
The haggis celebrations will continue into the night with the Highland Haggis Festival Ceilidh, which runs from 7pm to midnight at the Spean Bridge Community Hall.
Tickets (£15) include a traditional haggis supper and live music from local legends, Skipinnish, one of Scotland’s most accomplished and respected ceilidh bands.
For tickets and further details phone 01397 712684 or 01397 712452.