First course is served at eatBute 2013

P4/5 pupils at Rothesay Primary show off their mouthwatering Bute menu - mackerel fishcakes, followed by chicken nuggets and chips, with white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake for afters. (Is it time for dinner yet?)
P4/5 pupils at Rothesay Primary show off their mouthwatering Bute menu - mackerel fishcakes, followed by chicken nuggets and chips, with white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake for afters. (Is it time for dinner yet?)

The 2013 eatBute food festival got under way on Friday with a series of events at Rothesay Joint Campus.

The event’s guest chefs, Rory O’Connell and Jeremy Lee, sat down to lunch with Rothesay Primary’s pupils before Rory led a masterclass with some of Rothesay Academy’s hospitality pupils, while Jeremy judged the delicious food cooked up by pupils in P4-7 at Rothesay Primary.

The latter showed that youth is no barrier to creativity in the kitchen, with the delicious dishes on show - all entirely home-made - including mackerel fishcakes, haggis pakora, Beef Ballochgoy (a beef olive with a Bute twist, in case you’re wondering) and even chicken nuggets and chips!

Later in the afternoon the focus moved to the market garden at Ashfield, next door to the campus, run by Bute Produce, an offshoot of Fyne Futures, the ‘sustainability’ arm of Rothesay-based housing association Fyne Homes.

There visitors enjoyed guided tours of the six-acre site, where all manner of fruits, vegetables, beans and herbs are grown and sold to the public, and sampled chutneys and jams made on Bute by Henshelwoods Fine Foods and salmon smoked locally by Ritchie’s of Rothesay.

The focus on Saturday and Sunday moves to Mount Stuart, where a programme of events too numerous to list here is planned - to find out what’s going on where and when, click on the ‘eatBute programme’ link to the right of this article.