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May 6, 2013
[Britain's finest sailors were noticable by their absence at last year's raft race][1]
Britain’s finest sailors were noticeable by their absence at last year’s raft race

Enjoying this bank holiday Monday? If you want to make the most of the next one then you may be interested in the Mhor Festival which takes place on the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May at Monachyle Mhor by Balquhidder.

It’s the brainchild of the ever busy Lewis family. They have the Monachyle Mhor Hotel and several other Mhor-branded businesses in the area as well as the Mhor 84 motel with rooms which we blogged about a couple of weeks back.

Raft racing

Farm raft racing on Loch Voil to a cake baking competition via the big Sunday night ceilidh, there’s tonnes of fun stuff going on. In particular, the ceilidh looks set to be a blast.

Awarded the Best Live Act at the Trad Music Awards, Session A9 will kick off proceedings with acid croft legends (yes, that’s a recognised genre) Shooglenifty headlining.

Mhor feast

The big news for food lovers is the Mhor Feast which takes place on the Saturday night.

A five course meal, the feast will be prepared by five of Scotland’s top chefs. Each chef will cook a different course. The chefs taking part are:

Andrew Fairlie of Restaurant Andrew Fairlie – returning to the festival for the second year, Andrew is Scotland’s only two Michelin star chef.

Roy Brett of Ondine – this award-winning seafood chef is back at Mhor Festival to showcase Scotland’s iconic seafood.

Michael Smith from The Three Chimneys – recent winner of BBC’s Great British Menu, Michael Smith returns to the festival from his home on Skye.

Neil Forbes from Café St Honoré – one of Edinburgh’s best-loved and award-winning chefs.

Tom Lewis boss of Monachyle Mhor – on his home turf, Tom is one of Scotland’s foremost chefs.

Tickets cost £60 a head. Full details of the festival can be found here.