if it’s true that quality is more important than quantity, the 2012 eatBute festival celebrating the best of Bute’s food, arts and crafts certainly hit the right note on Sunday.
On a smaller scale than in previous years, the 2012 event nonetheless attracted plenty of visitors to Mount Stuart, all keen to see, sample and purchase some of the delicious foods being produced on Bute.
Among the items on sale on Sunday were pork from the rare breed Tamworth pigs reared at Edinbeg farm near Port Bannatyne, Highland beef from the Bute Fold at Little Grenach, smoked fish and cheese from Ritchie’s of Rothesay and jams, chutneys and preserves from the award-winning Henshelwoods’ Fine Foods.
Mount Stuart’s head chef Oscar Sinjorgo gave cookery demonstrations at the eatBute farm shop, while live entertainment was provided by musicians Acousticrat and John McMeekin, pupils from the Speirs School of Dancing in Rothesay and Douglas ‘Big Dougie’ Lyle.
The day’s festivities drew to a close with a children’s fancy dress parade, from which ‘happy hen’ Keavy Kermath was chosen not just as the winner, but also as the mascot for eatBute 2013, which takes place on May 25 and 26 next year.
* For more pictures from eatBute 2012, see the new issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, October 4.