By | Jan 3, 2017

Welcome to our Taste of Scotland Blog where you will find news and views on Scottish restaurants, food from Scotland, traditional and contemporary Scottish cuisine. Occasionally we will drop in some useless but entertaining snippets of foodie information as well as the odd restaurant offer or food promotion which we feel is worth passing on to our friends and web visitors.

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If you run or know of a restaurant which showcases trasditional or contemporary Scottish cuisine and you think we should feature  – then please drop us a line at news@taste-of-scotland.com

Enjoy a Taste of Scotland at Khohler in Wisconsin

By | Mar 17, 2017
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Kohler’s Taste of Scotland Event at the American Club, Wisconsin

To all our followers in North America who enjoy a Taste of Scotland we thought we’d mention Destination Kohler putting Scotland on a pedestal at the Kholer Taste of Scotland event on Saturday, April 8th – a day dedicated to the birthplace of golf, whisky and all things Scottish at the American Club at the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin.

Spirited culinary-focused events include a scotch and beer tasting event at The Horse & Plow, an educational Scotch tasting seminar at The Winery Bar and an evening dinner and movie preview of “Tommy’s Honour” hosted at The Whistling Straits clubhouse. Brave souls are encouraged to wear their kilts for the resort’s traditional Cèilidh. Continue Reading >>

The Great Whisky Tour – Christopher Trotter

By | Feb 1, 2017

The Great Whisky Tour - Chris Trotter

New BLOG page for Taste-of-Scotland.
Now at: https://taste-of-scotland.com/the-great-whisky-tour/




Scottish Food at Scotland’s Game Fair – Scone Palace

By | Jun 30, 2016

Scotland's Game Fair
From 1st to 3rd July Scone Palace in Perthshire is once again the the stunning backdrop for the 2016 Scottish Game Fair. The event will showcase of food, drink, country sports, competitions, main arena activities running over three action packed days. This is Scotland’s most popular outdoor country event and is a true celebration of rural Scotland featuring Scotland’s cuisine, crafts, game, wildlife and countryside management. Over 27,000 visitors attended last year and, weather permitting, this could be another record year.

Get your taste buds excited with a visit to the Food Hall jam packed with Scottish produce and tastings. Enjoy cookery demonstrations  at the Cookery Theatre sponsored by Graham’s the Family Dairy. Scottish chefs include Three Sisters Bake headlining the cookery theatre and Christopher Trotter making a welcome return with his Forgotten Foods culinary displays.

Three Sisters Bake’s food philosophy is to ‘delight the senses’. They run two countryside cafes and an events catering company close to Glasgow. Their first cookbook, ‘Three Sisters Bake, Delectable Recipes for Everyday’ was published in 2014. Chris Trotter is a renowned Scottish chef  and cookery writer who has contributed to many books on Scottish cuisine including his latest booklet on ‘Cooking with Kale

Further details at – www.scottishfair.com/food_hall.php


Scotland’s Foodies Festival Edinburgh – Aug 5th-7th

By | Jun 17, 2016

foodies-2016-edinburghThis year’s Foodies Festival in Edinburgh runs from 5th to 7th August and features a host of exciting attractions and top chefs including Great Taste Award winners.  Headlining the show will be Scotland’s Michelin-star and top chefs cooking live in the Chefs Theatre as well as stars from Masterchef and the Great British Menu.

This is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to meet local artisan producers and sample award winning produce. A new ‘Vintage Tearoom’ and demonstration theatre will highlight top bakers and award winning cake makers and chocolatiers. The adjacent ‘Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village’ will be selling fresh baked breads, cakes, tarts, jellies and trifles as well as bubbly and refreshments.

The Festival includes the Childrens Cookery School, where budding foodies can decorate their own Olympic gold medal with icing, glitter and edible ribbons. Kids pizza and cupcake making classes are also available.

Full details: www.foodiesfestival.com/edinburgh-food-festival/

The Royal Highland Show and Scotland’s Larder Live.

By | Jun 14, 2016


From 23th to 26th June crowds will be flocking from all over Scotland to Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre for the 176th Royal Highland Show. Here they will see, enjoy and sample the best of farming, rural life and Scottish food. As well as livestock judging, equine events and displays of farming equipment, a huge array of  foodie events will take place over the four days at Scotland’s Larder Live – including cookery demonstrations, tasting and competitions where Scotland’s best ice cream producers will battle it out as part of the Scottish Ice Cream Championships.

Scotland’s Larder Live is the Royal Highland Show’s very own food event which features over 100 food and drink producers including East Lothian Food & Drink, Mackays Ice Cream, Shaw Meats, Stoats Porridge Bars, Wild Fig Jams and Trotters Independent Condiments. With a healthy mix of established stalwart faithfuls, small independents and the new online entrepreneurs this is one food event not to be missed.

For full details visit: www.royalhighlandshow.org


By | May 25, 2016


Scottish Beef is renowned the world over, and quite rightly so. But why should this be?
With the help of Donald Russell, the UK’s top online meat ordering company we find out why.

It seems to be that the climate, soil type and overall topography simply create the perfect conditions for beef cattle to thrive. In the same way as the ‘terroirs’ on which grapevines grow create vastly differing wines, the land on which cattle graze affects the final flavour and texture profile of the beef. In Scotland, grass grows lushly in the mild, often damp weather, and wild native herbs add a subtle tang to the flavour of cattle grazed on higher pasture. We’re just spectacularly lucky that our rolling green grassland and moderate (yes, really!) climate combine to produce what we firmly believe to be the world’s finest beef.

Anywhere in particular?

Most of Scotland has the potential to produce really great beef, but Aberdeenshire in particular has a reputation for raising the finest beef of all. The region (renowned also for its wild game, seafood and Speyside whisky) has long been regarded as the ‘the larder of Europe’, and is home to the world-famous ‘Aberdeen Angus’ breed, from which much of the global beef stock is descended.

So is ‘Aberdeen Angus’ the best beef? Continue Reading >>

Hebridean Gourmet Sea Salt straight to your plate

By | May 13, 2016

Hebridean Sea Salt was Scotland’s first gourmet salt founded in 2012. It’s now available on the high street and online. The flakes of crunchy salt are produced to the highest of standards are have been used in top quality kitchens throughout Scotland including Gleneagles, The Three Chimneys and Edinburgh School of Food and Wine.

Sourced from the crystal clear waters of Loch Eriscort on the East Coast of Lewis, Hebridean Sea Salt is claimed to be the most pure, natural and unrefined sea salt. With over sixty naturally occurring trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and zinc essential for good health and wellbeing.

Founded in 2012 by Natalie Crayton, Hebridean Sea Salt has enjoyed continued growth and food awards. This year the company introduced two new naturally flavoured salt ranges; Hebridean Sea Salt Peat and Hebridean Sea Salt Seaweed Infused. Both complement the original and rich taste of Hebridean Sea Salt but add an extra tasty hint to any dish. The salts have previously been stocked in over 300 independent stores throughout the UK and are also available through the online retailer Amazon.


Contact details: 01851 880 324 / 07787850009
email: media@hebrideanseasalt.co.uk


‘LOST SUPPER’ – you can help create a Feast of Scottish childhood favourites

By | Feb 2, 2015

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LOST SUPPER is a new cookery programme being filmed by STV in February. The programme will feature celebrities going down memory lane via the dishes of their childhood.

If you are a keen amateur cook with a talent for traditional recipes and you would like to show off your most treasured recipes on television, then STV would love to film you demonstrating your classic childhood cuisine!

Filming for LOST SUPPER starts in February so get in touch today by contacting Scott Watkins – scott.watkins@stv.tv or 0141 300 3934

Good luck and let’s hope for a feast of childhood favourites.

PS: Ecclefechan Tart and Selkirk Bannocks courtesy of Dalgetty’s … yummy!

Mara brings Scotland’s seaweed to modern tables

By | Mar 10, 2014
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Mara Seaweed launches at Harrods in London

Mara, a Scottish seaweed company, is on a mission to bring “the ancient food of seaweed to modern thinkers”. Mara produces an innovative product range of natural seaweed seasonings and is launching on March 11th in Harrods Branded Pantry.

The Mara seaweed range includes the “Truffle of the Sea”, (Pepper Dulse), the most unique and unusual flavour that has become a favourite of some of Britain’s fine dining chefs.

Mara grew out of the founders’ (Fiona Houston and Xa Milne) shared passion for Scotland’s natural larder and its forgotten tastes and traditions. Mara harvests seaweeds seasonally from the wild, pure waters of the British Isles. Their intense flavour, freshness and health benefits are captured in the natural drying process, then milled to a flake to use as a seasoning, a natural flavour enhancer, and a healthy salt alternative.

Some of the UK’s most inspiring chefs including Nick Nairn, Brett Graham and Nathan Outlaw use Mara seaweed in their cuisines.  In his BBC show ‘Pies and Puds’ Paul Hollywood featured one of the Mara products – Shony ®, a Great Taste Award winning blend of three seaweeds: red, green and olive. He described it as most exciting ingredients he had come across.

There is a fascinating story behind Mara Seaweed – Seaweed is the most highly mineralised vegetable on earth – just one sprinkle a day has enormous health benefits containing important minerals such as vitamins ABCE, anti-oxidants, omega 3, iron, magnesium and potassium.

Mara is a Scottish company selling a range of seaweed products from native seasonal seaweeds of Scottish and Irish provenance. Based in Edinburgh, Mara (means ‘of the sea’) evolved from the founders’ desire to harness the potential of one of Scotland’s forgotten foods and natural resources – seaweed – bringing an elemental food to a modern audience.


World Whisky Day – 17th May 2014

By | Mar 10, 2014

world whisky dayThe first phase of the new World Whisky Day website is now ‘live’ at: www.worldwhiskyday.com

World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a wee dram of whisky in celebration of Scotland’s national drink – the water of life. Events will be taking place all over the globe. If you can’t find an event happening near you then why not host your own World Whisky Day event? All you need is some whisky to share with your friends and a desire to find out more about this world famous spirit.

Look out for new sections to the web site including competitions and special features as the big day approaches.

Recent announcements include:

The World Whisky Day Fast & Fair in Edinburgh

The 2014 Whisky Show in Sydney Australia

Whisky Tastings and Whisky Cocktails near Bradford, England

World Whisky Day celebrates all types of whisky / whiskey and encourages everyone to enjoy whisky responsibly.

Get in the spirit, mark the date in your diary and let’s raise a dram to World Whisky Day 2014.

Further details: www.worldwhiskyday.com


Scotland’s food and drink is going global!

By | Mar 6, 2014


From Beijing to Brussels, New Delhi to New York, Scotland’s food and drink is going global

A new marketing initiative has been launched to help make Scottish food and drink as well known internationally as Scottish whisky.

The Scotland Food and Drink Export Plan aims to capitalise on Scotland’s Food Industry’s success by focusing on 15 key export markets. The key areas the campaign will target are North America, France, Germany, the Middle East, China and Hong Kong, Japan and South East Asia.

Experts from successful Scottish food companies will work with the Scottish government to maximise export potential for these markets. The strategy is encourages by news that previous food and drink export goals were met six years ahead of schedule. Scottish food and drink is one of the country’s strongest exports and enjoyed a 52% increase between 2007 and 2012. During the decade leading up to 2012 exports of Scotch whisky also increased by 87% to £4.3bn.

It’s great to see Scotland’s food and drink sector coming together as one to lay out a plan for the industry as a whole”
Mark Laing Nairn

Food and Drink Secretary Richard Lochhead backed the plan saying:

“From Beijing to Brussels, New Delhi to New York, Scotland’s food and drink is going global. The sector has experienced tremendous growth in recent years – in fact, if the current rate of growth continues then we will have an export rate similar to that of the North Sea oil and gas industry. That is remarkable.”

The Scotland Food and Drink Export Partnership is made up of the Scottish government, Scotland Food and Drink, Scottish Development International, Quality Meat Scotland, Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, Scottish Bakers, Scotch Whisky Association and Dairy UK and Seafood Scotland.

The new scheme was backed by several high-profile Scottish food companies.

Mark Laing, chairman of Nairn’s in Edinburgh, said: “Exports are a key part of our business. We currently export to 30 countries around the world and have experienced the benefits from this, but we know there are many more potential opportunities out there.

“It’s great to see Scotland’s food and drink sector coming together as one to lay out a plan for the industry as a whole.”

The group has produced an online document outlining how the scheme aims to boost the profile of Scottish food and drink exports.



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