The first two weeks of September are the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight. Here is a look at some of the foods and drinks that make Scotland the Gastronomic powerhouse it is.
There would be something distinctly fishy about any celebration of Scottish cuisine that did not mention sea food! The Langoustine is a delicious lobster like sea creature, also known as the Dublin Bay Prawn.
Known around the world as a byword for bivalve quality Loch Fyne Oysters are a shelled speciality not to be missed. If Oysters are not your thing you could always go for the quintessential luxury food and Scottish speciality smoked salmon.
It has to be Haggis. A fragrant mix of offal and oats served nestled inside a sheep’s stomach. The traditional dish eaten on Burn’s Night, where every year the life and work of the poet are celebrated.
A celebrity in cattle terms, the Aberdeen Angus is known for its excellent beefs. Whether you have it in a burger, roasted or as stakes, don’t miss out on this highland highlight.
A buttery biscuit, Shortbread is long on flavour. The history of shortbread stretches back to the middle ages. Presentation boxes of shortbread are a popular souvenir of Scotland for visitors.
Unfortunately now off the menu is the Deep Fried Mars Bar. Created at Stonehaven’s renowned Carron Fish Bar in the early ’90s, a battered and fried Mars bar is an experience never forgotten. Now killjoys at the company behind the Mars bar have intervened to try and end its use in this way.
Scotland and Whiskey are virtually synonymous. For half a millennium Scotland’s distillers have been producing the ‘water of life’. There are quite literally thousands of different whiskeys produced in Scotland – all with their own unique tastes and styles.
Another beverage popular in Scotland is Buckfast. Although actually manufactured by a mysterious order of monks sequestered at Buckfast Abbey in the depths of rural Devon, ‘Buckfast Tonic Wine’ has cemented its place at the top table of Scottish life.
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