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Love Loch Lomond Bites: February Food and Drink Updates

In Scotland's Year of Food and Drink 2015, Love Loch Lomond offers the latest food and drink 'bites': what’s new, what’s worth trying and more. 

Luss Village celebrated Shrove Tuesday in style recently, by hosting its first Pancake Day extravaganza including a Pancake tossing competition, a bake-off and even a kilted dash. An idea which originated from Lady Colquhoun and Jan Pearson of the Clan Colquhoun Museum, the day was a great success and there are plans to make it an annual event.

The Cordon Bleu pancake challenge saw local hotels Lodge on Loch Lomond, Loch Lomond Arms and Cameron House compete, with Cameron House taking the prize for best Cordon Bleu Pancake (pictured above). The Scotch Pancake challenge pitted the culinary skills of local ladies of the village against the chefs – great fun for all. Watch the video.

Café Lochan at Tarbet and other areas, a pitstop for many walkers and cyclists - is under new management and has a great offering of hot drinks and snacks for walkers and those enjoying the outdoors, pre or post cruise, walk or cycle. Connect with Cafe Lochan on Twitter to get the latest updates.

When staying in and around Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs, a great way to sample local or home-made Scottish produce is from the accommodation where you are staying. Many local hotels, B&B’s and self- catering providers make their own bread, jams and marmalades, offer eggs from nearby farms and source meat from excellent local butchers.  

Loaninghead Holidays, near Drymen, which offers Bed and Breakfast and luxury self-catering cottages, say their home made orange and whisky marmalades are incredibly popular with their guests, and agree that it's a great way for people to experience new food and drink.

Knockderry Country House Hotel, which belongs to the quality food and drink scheme Taste Our Best, also has several home-made marmalade fans in its guests– so much so that the chef has written about it in his blog and provided the recipe. Read more and get the recipe.

Look out for Knockderry’s Foodie Friday updates via Twitter  –the team taste new dishes and offer the latest wonderful creations on a Friday.

Why not get hold of some of the food and drink you’ve tasted on your trip at a local Farmer’s Market? Retail and visitor complex Loch Lomond Shores hosts outdoor Farmers’ Markets on the first and third Sunday of each month at Balloch, as well as regular artisan craft and food markets. Find out more here.

This year the Loch Lomond Shores team is launching a new 2 day food and drink festival for Easter. Springfest, to be held in Balloch on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April offering visitors great Scottish local produce and fun activities for all the family. Find out more here.

Eating out in and around the Loch? Why not try some local estate venison at Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, Luss, or home-made ice-cream, locally brewed beers and produce from the kitchen garden at The Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha? Find more places to eat here.

The town of Helensburgh continues to develop its food and drink offering and establish itself on the map for visitors, with a new Market in the Square every second Saturday– and several bars, restaurants and delis creating great culinary experiences for customers.

Cara Nikolic, half of the husband and wife team which heads up La Barca Spanish Tapas Bar & Restaurant and The Riverbank Restaurant, Helensburgh, writes about this in her guest blog on the Year of Food and Drink 2015.

Cameron House Loch Lomond continues to fly the flag for great food and drink experiences. From afternoon tea (pictured below) to breakfast, lunch or dinner, whisky tastings and cocktails, seafood sampling in the Boat House restaurant or a Michelin star meal at the Martin Wishart Restaurant, there is plenty to choose from and to put a smile on the face of the most discerning food and drink fans.

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