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Ballantrae bounces back online

EVEN Covid-19 can't entirely shut down Ballantrae Food Festival... They'e announced an entirely on-line, virtual festival, which will launch on Saturday June 13. That was the date for the original 'real world' festival and is World Gin Day. They say: "We will be using our existing website (https://ballantraefoodfest.com/) and repurposing it to promote a series of on-line events and a virtual food festival. On the day, some of the programme highlights will be; a food demonstration from David Alexander former head chef at Glenapp Castle, an on-line forage from well-known biologist and forager Symon Szyszczakiewicz and a tour of the Five Kingdom's Brewery in Isle of Whithorn. "Visitors to the website will be able to enjoy the delights of a virtual food hall where a selection of our stallholders will be showcasing their produce. Everything from gin to fudge via pakoras and coffee roasters will be there; there will also be offers exclusively available on the weekend of the festival. Festival Organiser, Mhairi McKenna says: “During this globally tumultuous time, we at the Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink have become increasingly concerned about our local producers. "Many of these businesses rely on a network of food festivals and markets for their livelihoods and most of these events have been put off or cancelled this year; we felt that we must do something to help. "To this end we have invited our stallholders to give us details of their websites, Facebook pages and other social media connections. We will post their details in our virtual food hall so that customers can still obtain these fantastic products from the comfort of their ‘lockdown' armchairs. In addition, we have asked local chefs and food and drink related businesses if they would do cooking demos or tours of their premises which some have done; we will be posting a programme of events across the day. We really hope that this effort will help some of these very small enterprises to stay afloat in these very difficult times.”

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