Last Friday Gill owner of the fantastic Creggans Inn in Strachur and I went to the  BBC good food show at the SECC in Glasgow. Within minutes we were in food heaven as we sampled the finest regional and artisan food and drink in Scotland and beyond.There are not many occasions where you are encouraged to eat for free and believe me I need no encouragement. All of this plus our favourite cooks too including Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood( from the great british bake off)  and Nick Nairn ( pictured with me above) who is a passionate supporter of local Scottish produce. Although there were lots of producers from Perthshire East Lothian and the Highlands I was really interested in the folk from Argyll and I wasn’t disappointed. There was the Local produce Argyll stall who promote the producers of Tarbet, Kintyre, Islay and Gigha. On their food map was West Kintyre Honey, Inverloch cheese, the Skipness sea food cabin and the healing vegetable garden in Campbeltown . My favourite was the mature cheese from the Mull of Kintyre delicious melted on toast.Then I moved on to The Arran cheese shop stall and sampled their beautiful round cheeses all sealed in colourful wax with and flavoured with chilli , whisky, crushed herbs and mustard.The best part is that they all keep for a couple of months so you never need to run out!

When we finished eating we started to sample the drinks on offer the first tipple was some chocolate wine and although I was dubious about mixing the two it was a really subtle blend of flavours. I then tottered on to the next stall which was serving Paris rose strawberry and cream liqueur. It had a beautiful scented aroma and a really pretty bottle to match and I couldn’t move on before tasting the thunder toffee vodka aptly named and guareenteed to get any party started! From the slightly frivolous to the serious blenders of Malt whisky such as Gordon and Macphail who are one of the worlds leading specialists. I had to buy  a spey side single malt from them named Benromach as it was just such a smooth blend that didn’t catch my throat like some. So with feet aching and bags ladened with foodie goodies including Halloween cups cakes for the kids we swayed home still extremely full and with definitely no room left for tea.

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