eatBute details are confirmed

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DETAILS of the programme for the annual eatBute food and craft festival next month have been announced this week.

The centrepiece of the 2011 event, taking place on the weekend of September 10 and 11, is the food and craft market, running from 11am to 5pm on both days of the event at the Mount Stuart visitor centre, and this year featuring more food producers from Bute and the Argyll region than ever before.

Taking shape over the two days of the festival will be Off The Wall, a 3D art project comprising eatBute visitors’ own jars of jam and chutney - why not take along your own creation and give your jam its 15 minutes of fame?

On Saturday, September 10, Mount Stuart house itself and the adjacent courtyard will be transformed into a bustling Victorian market, with blacksmith demonstrations, a traditional hog roast, toy-making, a Victorian banquet in the dining room and much more.

The Saturday programme also features a fascinating animal kingdom, with guests including a giant African land snail, a bearded dragon lizard, a corn snake and a tarantula - as well as Mount Stuart’s very own chickens.

There’s live music from Acousticrat, the Alan Murphy Band and Rise, and the raw drama of Scottish tribal band Clann An Drumma too.

The Sunday programme features Scottish country dancing, a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for children, including a ‘best dressed’ competition - and competitions too for the Window Box of the Year, the Vegetable of the Festival and the Home-made Apple Pie Championship.

More details at the eatBute website (click on the link to the right of this story).