The Fèille or Food Festival at An Lanntair will return for its fifth year on Saturday 13 April, with a free menu of offerings from across the Hebrides – followed by a Hebridean Banquet at 7pm, offering three courses for £24.95.
An Lanntair’s Food Festival was launched in 2015, and asked whether – in the Islands at least - we actually doeat better food today than in the past. After all, most of the food then came off a local boat or was reared on the croft. It was organic and from-a-named-supplier, even though nobody ever used such terms.
This year’s event will begin with a morning-into-lunch session where the emphasis will be on local and traditional foods. Participants include baking supremo Jane Poustie, Stag Bakeries(an Island institution), Stornoway Smokehouse, seaweeds (a taste of the shoreline) and Kitchen Cove Ruairidh Munro. The afternoon introduces produce, recipes and tastes from some of the diverse communities in the island. These include Polish, Indian and Korean food.
The main hosts for the day will be gourmet, enthusiast and expert practitioner Alasdair Macleod who will be assisted and enabled – particularly on the deeply traditional aspects of island cuisine – by Cudaig.
Roddy Murray, programmer of the Food Festival, said: “The Food Festival is great for a day’s grazing, sampling and nibbling. And it’s a perfect appetiser for the Hebridean Banquet in the restaurant that same evening. An Lanntair are grateful to those taking part, amateur and professional, the suppliers, the providers, participants and - of course, not least – you the consumers. You are what you eat. So eat Hebridean.”
The Food Festival is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Outer Hebrides Leader 2014-2020 programme.
For more information, visit www.outerhebridesleader.co.uk