Sunday 11thJune 2017 11am to 5.00pm
Ballantrae Harbour

A recipe for success..

Ballantrae's second Festival of Food and Drink on Sunday once again saw visitors flocking to what's becoming one of the must "go to" events of the food calendar.  A giant marquee in the wonderful setting of Ballantrae harbour overlooking spectacular views provided the stage for over fifty food stalls, celebrity chef demonstrations and food foraging expeditions. Sparkling sunshine, some of the best food available in Scotland and laid back music combined to create a fantastic atmosphere.  Organisers say none of it would have been possible without the help of a large band of volunteers, the Police, hospitality and tourism students from the Ayr campus, first aiders and of course, the visitors themselves - so a huge thank you to them.

Visitor comments from our Facebook page:

 Brilliant day yet again well done everyone. Canny wait till next years was even better because mr sunshine came out. Well laid out. 

What a great day, really enjoyed it, even better than last year. Well done to everyone involved.

It was a brilliant day yet again. Well done to all the organisers.

Comments from venders:

What a great day at Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink today. The best of weather as well as the best of Scottish food & drink.

Great set up, fantastic selection of producers, well organised and a superb atmosphere.  The Galloway Soup Company

I know only too well how much work goes into these events and I have to say yours was exceptionally well planned and organised and a pleasure to exhibit at.  Sugar and Spice

Chef Christopher Trotter’s Blog:

Up early in the morning and off to the festival itself loads of great food businesses from the region such as Pieroni Fish where Clare and brother Jonathan had brought fabulous fresh sea trout, turbot prawns and lobster, I met Tricia Bey who makes Barwheys cheese delicious aged cheddar style cheese, fabulous new Ayrshire potatoes and Hendricks Gin!  and many more. A very busy festival, lots to see and do great live music, in fact a perfect way to spend a day! what a week end! 

Quote from Festival Organiser Susan Crosthwaite:

Once again the small village of Ballantrae punched well above its weight by pulling off a highly successful food event which attracted visitors from all over the country.  When we first decided to have our own Food Festival, the intention was to put Ballantrae well and truly on the food map, I think we have more than achieved that. My thanks to the team and all the volunteers as well as the stallholders and funders for creating such a wonderful experience.

The Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink is a community led event and its success is due to the time and commitment of many local people and businesses. It is a real showcase for our #Scotspirit!

We look forward to seeing you next year!


Congratulations to all our Prize Draw winners:

1st Prize: Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink Hamper – NB Irvine

2nd Prize: P&O return ferry trip to Larne for two adults and a car — BH Straiton

3rd Prize: Glenapp Castle Champagne Afternoon Tea for Four –  JS Glasgow

4th Prize:  A bottle of Hendrick Gin – HE Colmonell, DM Ballantrae, E&A Colmonell and DC Ballantrae.


More Dates for your Diary as Ballantrae has some other great events this summer:

Week commencing 27 June 'Ballantrae Gala Week' with various events - Saturday 2 July 'Ballantrae Gala Day'

Saturday 23 July 'Ballantrae Church Summer Fair'

Friday 5th August Ballantrae Smugglers' Festival 'Landing of the Contraband'

Saturday 6th August Ballantrae & District Horticultural Society Annual Show and in the evening Ballantrae Smugglers' Festival Strongman Competition Sunday 14 August 'Ballantrae Smugglers' Chase Skiff Races