Ten Things to Do at the Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival
The annual free festival is packed with live entertainment, great music, mouth-watering food and delicious drinks to whet your appetite and offers a great range of activities for everyone, including cookery demos for adults and kids, the famous haggis eating competition and much more.
The weekend promises to be a vibrant and bustling event with over 70 food and drink vendors from all across the UK and Europe.
Visitors can look forward to a brand new food selfie challenge to win £100, plus gourmet street food, artisan gins, cocktails, free family entertainment, wine and popcorn pairings, wild food walks and live cookery demonstrations.
Here are ten ideas to help you get started for a great day out - check details and event timings on the Festival website or Facebook page.
1. Chef de Campo Walkabout - Greet the hilarious Chef de Campo, who will be wandering the festival site between 11-4pm on both days.
2. Clanscape Kitchen, A Taste of the Past - try your hand at making butter, grinding grain, making oatcakes on an open fire. Beach area.
3. Food Selfie Challenge with Mr. Macaroni -pick up a form from the McIntosh Stand, follow the instructions and take as many creative selfies as you can around the festival for your chance to win £100 of Tesco vouchers.
4. Giant Deckchair - Wander down to the beach and take the challenge of getting into the giant deckchair!
6. Mr Macaroni Meet & Greets - Pop along to the kids tent to meet Mr Macaroni. Times: 12.45-1.30, 2.00-2.45, 4.30-5.15.
7. Kids’ Cookery Classes - Run on both days from 10.30 – 12.30. Just turn up at any time and take part. (Please note that only so many can be catered for at any time, so you may need to queue and the hours are strictly between 10.30 and 12.30.)
8. Meet creatures at the Animal Man's Mini Zoo - This free event is great fun for kids (big or small). No booking required. 12-4pm, Saturday only.
9. RSPB Nature Activities - Learn about nature and conservation - you can make some apple bird feeders to take home and treat your garden birds.
10. Perfect Pairings with Bijou Wine Co. and Wild Food and Drink Walks with Monica Wilde (bookable in advance) - more info here.
Don’t forget lots more fun for kids including face painting and balloons, a bouncy castle, RSPB Activities and meeting Ollie the Octopus at SEALIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium plus more onsite attractions including the Maid of the Loch Paddle Steamer, Can You Experience and the Bird of Prey Centre.
Getting to the Festival
Put the postcode G83 8QL into your SATNAV.
Take the train to Balloch (from Glasgow Queen Street Mon- Sat) (Glasgow Central on Sun).
Take the bus to Balloch Bus Station, and wander along to the venue.
Bus and train times available from www.traveline.info
By Car: The festival is easy to get to by car, with plenty of free parking.
By Train: Regular Scotrail services to Balloch station, where visitors can walk from the station on the signposted path which starts from the car park next to the VisitScotland Visitor Information Centre and by Sweeney's Cruises.