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Best of far north celebrated at Taste North

 

Ackergill Tower has provided a spectacular backdrop to one of the highlights of Venture North's calendar, with more than 1000 people ignoring the atrocious weather to sample the best produce the far north can offer.

As the morning showers subsided and the day brightened, crowds were packing the stalls at the 16th-century coastal site.

Venture North vice chairperson Catherine Macleod said that despite the rain Sunday's event had been "brilliantly successful':

"We've had really good numbers of people turning out for the event. Dunnett's Transport have been shuttling people back and forth on buses and that's been a great help," Ms Macleod, who runs the Thrumster House, said.

"The Kilted Fudge Company have sold much of their stock, Dunnet Bay Distillery sold out stocks of their new gin and Highland Charcuterie did well along with Scrabster Seafoods who supplied the seafood for Nick Nairn's demonstration!'

The celebrity guest chef demonstrated the culinary skills that had brought him fame on such TV shows as Ready Steady Cook.

The wood pigeon he prepared had been shot on the Thrumster estate that Ms Macleod runs.

Mr Nairn said: "I made a dish that had autumnal flavours within it. Wood pigeon is great at this time of year - they've been feeding on farmer's barley so they're nice and plump. Deep fried crispy parsnips, raspberry vinaigrette and puy lentils give the dish a warm, earthy note!'

He said he was delighted to be back in Caithness for his fourth event at Ackergill Tower and held a book signing after his cookery demonstration.

Venture North chairperson Ellie Lamont said that the day had "exceeded expectation': "Nick Nairn went down really well," she added, saying many local children had gone home inspired and cooked dinner for their families.

Source - Caithness Courier