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Foodie Weekend is Back and Bursting with Flavour

A feast of food, drink, live music and family entertainment will be on offer on the weekend of Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September as the Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival returns to Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch.

Now in its eleventh year, the free-to-attend festival is expected to attract almost 30,000 festival goers to the area in the first weekend of September.

The festival aims to cater to all tastes, with a huge array of local and national suppliers. A licenced bar area will be serving up everything from locally-brewed ales and ciders, to artisan vodkas and gins, and visitors can even enjoy wine served from a converted horse box.

Foodies can attend drop-in cookery demos on subjects such as cooking with ingredients found in the wild, cake decorating with a master baker, and creating dishes using local Scottish ingredients.

Budding junior chefs can also get their hands dirty with free cooking sessions for kids, just one of the amazing free activities for children. Saturday 3 September will host a mini petting zoo with all manner of furry creatures, reptiles and creepy crawlies setting up in Loch Lomond Shores Mall.

McIntosh Foods are once again sponsors of this year’s festival and will be adding to the line-up of free activities for families to enjoy. Their famous haggis-eating competition is sure to be a festival highlight, as contestants battle it out to tackle one pound of haggis and be crowned champion. McIntosh Food’s mascot, Mr Macaroni, will also be in attendance. Families can meet the colourful character, take part in the Mr Macaroni Trail and enter the colouring competition.

Last but not least, there is a brand new food selfie competition on offer with a prize of £100 up for grabs for the best food selfie of the weekend!

Kat Kennedy, festival event organiser said: "We have been working hard to secure a diverse selection of producers for the festival and we’re sure visitors won’t be disappointed by the excellent selection of foods and drink on offer from across the country and beyond. There is a vibrant mix of live entertainment on offer too, from music to cooking demos, wild food walks and much more. All we ask from visitors is that they bring their appetite!"

The festival is also part of Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, which will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-ranging variety of new and existing activity designed for locals and visitors to Scotland to discover and enjoy. The festival celebrates innovation in cooking techniques and is embracing digital technology to film and stream many of the activities on offer through social media channels over the weekend.

Pictured above – Kat Kennedy, lead organiser of the Food Festival.

Loch Lomond Shores is the gateway to Scotland’s first national park and is situated at Ben Lomond Way, Balloch, G83 8Q

Live video streaming will be available on 3-4 September at www.facebook.com/lochlomondshores

The festival has free parking onsite.

The event is also accessible by train from Glasgow Queen Street to Balloch station and a short walk from the pathway across the road from the Station. There is a visitor information office directly opposite Balloch Station.

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