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Flavour Fortnight 2011 Programme
The full programme for Flavour Fortnight 2011, Dumfries & Galloway's region-wide celebration of local food and drink, has been released with 92 events taking place across 16 days. The programme spans the entire food and drink experience, from farming and food production to fine dining, and it includes a diverse range of events.

Some of the more unusual experiences on offer include a wild food forage around an art gallery, a jazz themed afternoon of jam, a literary celebration of food in a bookshop, a Greek mezze made with local food, an opportunity to enjoy the first tilapia harvest from Scotland's first aquaponics project, a gastronomic quiz event, a multi-location menu plus touring routes designed for motorbikes, a menu showcasing Robert Burns' favourite meals, a gourmet shooting experience, an opportunity to meet majestic Highland Cattle and full day butchery demonstrations.

Liz Ramsay of Savour the Flavours, Dumfries & Galloway's regional food organisation, said:
"Flavour Fortnight began last year with very modest ambitions - we challenged local businesses to connect with consumers by doing something a bit different during Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight and we were absolutely overwhelmed by the support from our local food and drink industry. They put together a spectacular programme of events stretching from Langholm in the east to Portpatrick in the west and for 2011 Flavour Fortnight is twice as big and twice as impressive.

"The programme this year is full of fantastic ideas and local businesses have put tremendous effort, innovation and creativity into their event development. It's been a joy to watch these ideas evolve into fascinating events and I'm very much looking forward to seeing local people and visitors sharing in our region's passion for local food and drink during Flavour Fortnight."

Running from 3-18th September 2011 Flavour Fortnight is timed to parallel the national celebration of Scotland's larder, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. The Dumfries & Galloway event is led by Savour the Flavours of Dumfries & Galloway and is funded by LEADER and Dumfries & Galloway Council. Each of the 92 events included within the Flavour Fortnight programme are organised by people working within Dumfries & Galloway's food and drink industry, and they have been designed to encourage people to engage with and enjoy the quality produce available in the region.

Ros Halley, Rural Development Manager of Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Programme said:
"D&G LEADER Programme is delighted to support Flavour Fortnight. The programme provides opportunities for locals and visitors to experience top quality foods from across the region, builds links between producers and encourages innovation. The food industry in Dumfries & Galloway plays an important role in creating vibrant, interesting and sustainable rural communities and over two weeks the event will provide a boost to the local economy and create many opportunities to celebrate and enjoy our region."

Cllr Roger Grant, Chair of Dumfries & Galloway Council's Planning, Housing and Environment Committee said:
"I am delighted that flavour fortnight is going from strength to strength. This event is a fantastic opportunity for local producers and retailers to showcase our region's food and drink and I would encourage people to get involved and experience a taste of Dumfries and Galloway."

Preparation and planning is already underway for a number of events. On Sunday 31st July Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods led a group of local artists and their friends on a woodland wild food forage to inspire them to create works of art for an event called 'The Art of Fungi'. Mark said:
"We went to one of Dumfries and Galloway's many beautiful hidden nooks and found a wealth of delicious and interesting plants and fungi, including an enormous 2lb cep - the King of Mushrooms, a treasure trove of golden chanterelles and even some very early hedgehog mushrooms. This was an unusual foray as the artists were every bit as interested in the inedible and poisonous species we found as the delicious ones! Dumfries and Galloway is such an inspiring place, and connecting its fabulous array of wild foods with its physical beauty through this project is really exciting. I can't wait to see the paintings that come out of it!"

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