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May 19, 2014
[The raft race is always a highlight of Mhor Festival.][1]
The raft race is always a highlight of Mhor Festival.

The 5pm Dining blog is no great shakes when it comes to predicting the future. However, we are confident that the weekend of Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th May will see heavy outbreaks of fun on the shores of Loch Voil.

Once again, the Lewis family are organising the Mhor Festival at Loch Voil by their Monachyle Mhor hotel and restaurant.

The two day bash kicks off on Saturday morning with a raft race and ends at 3am on Sunday night when DJs Mash and Joshua tee up the final tracks at The Club.

Splurge guns

In between, there will be, among other attractions, cake-baking competitions, bread-making workshops; a tea & tango dance; a ceilidh, a play; several live bands and, for the kids, a Bugsy Malone style bar with splurge guns plus a mini Commonwealth Games.

As you might expect from the family behind Mhor Fish, Mhor Bread, Cafezique et al, visitors are unlikely to go hungry. As well as an oyster bar, there is a Pimm’s and Champagne bar; a salad bar; a barbeque cooking up meats from the Lewis family farm; a vintage tearoom serving up afternoon tea, and beers from artisan breweries. Fish and chips will be served up in a converted horsebox.

Top Scottish chefs

The Festival Feast is held on Saturday night with a stellar line-up of Scottish chefs comprising Andrew Fairlie of Restaurant Andrew Fairlie; Roy Brett of Ondine; Michael Smith of The Three Chimneys; Tom Lewis of Monachyle Mhor and Neil Forbes of Cafe St Honoré. Unfortunately, Feast tickets have already sold out.

The festival’s spectacular setting on the shores of Loch Voil are ideal for enjoying the great outdoors. In the event of bad weather, the festival will move under cover to two large barns.  Lochside camping will be available on both nights.