Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight 2018 ends this weekend but it’s going out with a bang thanks to not one but two seafood festivals.
Starting in Glasgow, The Clyde Fishermen’s Trust is organising a Festival of the Sea in the Briggait on Saturday 15th September.
Running from 11.30am-6pm, the event promises fresh seafood, live music, whisky stalls and Seafood Scotland tastings.
Food stalls will ensure that no-one goes hungry and visitors can look forward to several craft stalls – many with a maritime theme.
Fishermen will give live demos illustrating how they make their living and provide us with delicious seafood.
If there is one thing that fishermen are famous for, it is their ability to spin yarns as well as they can nets. As a result, the Festival of the Sea will include story telling sessions.
Of course, there will be a licensed bar.
Scottish Food Fortnight: Stranraer Oyster Festival
Heading further down the West Coast, the second Stranraer Oyster Festival takes place this weekend.
Starting on Friday 14th September and running until Sunday 16th, the event boasts an action-packed program.
You can view the full schedule here.
If we were to pick out highlights, we would choose the Nick Nairn master classes taking place on the Saturday and Sunday.
From ceviche of bream to seared hake with chorizo, peas and lettuce, the famous chef will demonstrate how to knock up some of his favourite seafood dishes.
A little bit of competition always spices things up so we predict that the Oyster Shucking Competition on the Saturday afternoon will draw an enthusiastic crowd.
The winner will go on to represent Scotland at the World Oyster Opening Championships in Galway.
Naturally, the organisers are predicting that ‘It’ll be a shell of a fight!’
Boom and indeed boom!
Seafood street food
One of the most popular parts of the festival is sure to be the seafood street food market in the Seafood Celebration Marquee.
Musicians will entertain the crowds as they graze from the seafood stalls.
If all this talk of mouth-watering seafood is sharpening your appetite then 5pm Dining has plenty of fantastic seafood restaurants on the books.
You can browse their menus and book in from here.