Head to Mount Stuart for eatBute 2013

Chefs Rory O'Connell and Jeremy Lee will be at the 2013 eatBute festival this weekend.
Chefs Rory O'Connell and Jeremy Lee will be at the 2013 eatBute festival this weekend.

A fun- filled weekend of family entertainment is in store at Mount Stuart this holiday weekend at the 2013 eatBute festival.

Now in its sixth year, eatBute is a celebration of some of the best produce that Scotland’s food and craft artisans have to offer, with a special emphasis on the products of Bute, Argyll and the surrounding region.

With a fantastic programme of events lined up to suit everyone, it’s time to grab your sunglasses and sunscreen (let’s be optimistic), take a look at the action packed programme, and start planning your weekend!

Festivities begin with an official welcome from guest chefs Rory O’Connell (Ballymaloe) and Jeremy Lee (Great British Menu), who will be joining in with activities throughout the course of the weekend.

Live music will set your feet tapping and your hands clapping with a host of musical performances – everything from tribal drum band Clan an Drumma and foodie Barrow Band, to swing and baroque oboe music.

From fruit and vegetables picked fresh that morning, smoked salmon from the historic local Rothesay smokehouse, tender meat from the farms of the island of Bute, a variety of skilfully hand crafted products, plus much, much more, this is set to be the most exciting and diverse festival to date. A real treat for the senses!

To quench your thirst and whet your appetite there will be a varied selection to choose from – including succulent hog roast, oysters and seafood, burgers, jacket potatoes, soup, sausages, bacon, black pudding, ‘Twirly Tatties’, home baking, cupcakes, ice cream and the Fyne Ales beer tent.

And as if that’s not enough to tempt your tastebuds, the programme includes afternoon tea with celebrity chefs, an animal kingdom, archery, artisan gourmet chocolate tasting, bouncy castles, bungee trampolines, a cheese tutorial, chainsaw craft, a children’s activities zone, a children’s tea party, cookbook signings, face painting, falconry, a mini Highland Games and tug-o-war, owl magic, tractor rides, traditional Highland dance, a Slow Food Taste Adventure, special appearances by Merida and Peppa Pig, a vintage tractor display, whisky and chocolate pairings and wild food foraging.

For a full programme, visit www.mountstuart.com - admission is just £2, and children under five go free.