Mouth watering line up for food festival

The very best in local produce will be available to sample.
The very best in local produce will be available to sample.

Ballantrae’s hugely successful Festival of Food and Drink is back for a third year.

The occasion on Sunday June 11th will be preceded on the Friday and Saturday by two other fringe events making it a truly unmissable weekend.

One of the marquees at last year's festival.

One of the marquees at last year's festival.

The award winning festival builds on the village’s successful reputation for Farmers’ Markets, the Smugglers’ Festival, the Ballantrae Gala and craft fairs. The action on the Sunday will be in and around a complex of marquees at Ballantrae harbour and at nearby Craigiemains Home and Garden Centre.

The very best in local produce including fish, seafood, meats, cheeses, chocolates, jams, breads, cakes, cider, wine and whisky, will be available to sample, buy, take home and enjoy.

Visitors will also be able to sit down to a range of mouth watering delights, from stone baked pizzas to a hog roast at banqueting tables overlooking spectacular views of Ailsa Craig.

Top flight chefs will be there to pass on their skills – including a “Ready Steady Cook” demonstration by Scott Gilmour from Seamill Hydro, Adam McKissock from Dumfries House and David Alexander from Glenapp Castle. Brenda Anderson, the World Food and Travel Association Ambassador for Scotland will give a fascinating insight into the history of Scottish food and drink. Lindsay Guidi from the Home Cook School, Jonathan Pieroni of Pieroni and Sons fishmongers and Iain Conway the executive chef at Lochgreen Hotel will also be passing on their culinary expertise. Lisa Cutcliffe will be back to lead her hugely popular foraging expeditions along the shore.

There will be demonstrations and talks by the children of Ballantrae & Colmonell Primary Schools and an opportunity to visit the “Ballantrae Biosphere”. Young visitors can also enjoy entertainment provided by “Talk of the Town”.

On the Friday evening The Ballantrae Smugglers’ Festival is producing an event for the whole family entitled “Music, Poetry and Smuggling Stories”. On the Saturday at the “Edible Cinema” at Culzean Country Park, the audience will experience cinema in a unique way through aroma, texture and taste. There will be one film for adults and one for children.”

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Andy McAlpine of the Ballantrae Smugglers’ Festival said: “Ballantrae has a colourful smuggling past and we have joined with the Festival of Food and Drink in this year of History, Heritage and Archaeology to keep that history alive. Children from Ballantrae Primary School and the surrounding area will read poems and stories from the book they published last year entitled “Our Smuggling Tales” and sing smuggling songs. On the Sunday during the Festival of Food and Drink, in our “Smugglers’ Contraband Store” you’ll be able to observe the smugglers trying to decide where to hide the contraband before it’s transported inland. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste the contraband!”

Describing what is planned for the “Edible Cinema” on Saturday 10 June at Culzean Country Park’s Home Farm Auditorium, Debbie Dalrymple, Hospitality and Events Manager said: “During Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (PG) at 4pm, the audience will be provided with chocolate bars, one of which will contain the lucky golden ticket to win an exciting mysterious prize. At 6.30pm Chocolat (12) will provide a unique experience as the audience will be supplied with a tray of numbered mystery chocolates to eat on cue during the film to enhance their cinematic experience, making them feel like they have entered the world of Chocolat. “

Events Timetable

Foraging expeditions with Lisa Cutcliffe will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Places are limited so pre-book at,uk is recommended. Tickets are £12 and include free entry to the Festival.

“Music, Poetry and Smuggling Stories” is on Friday 9 June in a marquee at Ballantrae Harbour at 7pm. Admission is £2 with accompanied children free.

“Edible Cinema” is on Saturday 10 June at Culzean Country Park’s Home Farm Auditorium, 4pm (children) and 6.30 (adults). Adult tickets are £10.50, Child (16 and under) £5.50 both with complimentary entry to park from 3pm. Tickets are available from:

The Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink is organised by the Ballantrae Food Strategy Group - local volunteers working in partnership with food and drink and other professionals. This year the Festival has received funding from EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate; Carrick Futures with funding from Scottish Power Renewables Mark Hill and Arecleoch wind farms; [South Ayrshire Council]; and ScotRail.

Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink is on Sunday 11th June from 11am to 5pm. Admission is £2 with accompanied children free. No dogs please other than guide dogs.

Free parking is available in two designated car parks in the village.

A free shuttle bus will be provided between the festival and Stranraer and Girvan. Details, including timetables, can be found at