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June 26, 2014
['Right lads, we'll stop for a quick organic lamb burger and then it's time for another do or die battle.'][1]
‘Right lads, we’ll stop for a quick organic lamb burger and then it’s time for another do or die battle.’

If historical re-enactments float your boat then the mother of them all will take place this weekend as Bannockburn Live takes up camp on the National Trust for Scotland’s Battle of Bannockburn heritage site.

Commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the two day event will feature a blood-curdling re-enactment of the famous battle three times a day.

The event also promises a tasty live music arena with artists like Dougie Maclean, King Creosote and Julie Fowlis all performing for the crowds.

Land of Food and Drink

All fine and well but, as successive generations of military commanders have realised, both armies and festival crowds march on their bellies.

At Bannockburn Live, visitors can fulfil their foodie desires in the Land of Food and Drink section of the festival.

As well as a farmer’s market, there will be food stalls from people like The Buffalo Farm; Three Sisters Bake and Jim Fairlie, the Perthshire farmer whose chef brother you may have heard of.

Food tales

There is also a programme of food talks from passionate producers like Carina Contini of Contini Ristorante; Scottish food historian Catherine Brown and Paul Holmes who will be talking about the wondrous world of bees.

Carina will be talking about a year in her kitchen garden, the subject of her latest book. You can listen to Carina discuss the book and her kitchen garden on this 5pm Dining blog here.