Food & Drink Dining Event at Gordon Castle

The next North East Scotland Food & Drink Network Dining Event will take place at 6.30pm on Monday 25 September at the Walled Garden Restaurant at Gordon Castle, Fochabers, winner of the North East Scotland Food & Drink Award for the Best Food Tourism Experience 2017.

The walled garden is one of the oldest and largest working kitchen gardens in Britain with hundreds of varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits. Head chef James Mackie follows a “plant, pick, plate” ethos, preparing seasonal Scottish dishes with care and plenty of flair. He will prepare a taster menu for the Dining Event using their own produce and local ingredients.

This business networking event, organised by Opportunity North East (ONE) and Aberdeenshire Council, will bring together local food and drink producers, hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs to create new business connections to enhance the use of local produce in the foodservice sector and help develop the food tourism offering in the region.

The ticket price is £25pp +vat (£30). To book your places, please click here and complete the short form.

Please email elizabeth.mathie@opportunitynortheast.com with any queries.

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About Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Traditional Scottish estates are making a comeback; no longer a dying breed they are diversifying, innovating and growing to safeguard the future of these historic gems.

Since Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox took over the running of the Fochabers’ estate from Angus’ parents in 2008, it has been transformed into a multi-faceted attraction for the community and visitors alike. One of their biggest projects has been the renovation of the eight-acre walled garden which, once completed, will be one of the largest kitchen gardens in Britain, built around the 259 espaliered fruit trees. During the summer months, the walled garden café is completely self-sufficient in vegetables and salad, serving delicious home-grown dishes daily.

Angus Gordon Lennox said: “When Zara and I started the renovation back in 2013 the site wasn’t much more than an overgrown field. Over the past four years the entire team has worked tirelessly to get us to this stage. The 15th century plot has been painstakingly restored and there is now a café, a shop and a luxury brand. Following the successful development, the once traditional sporting estate has won over 10 awards during the past 12 months, including Best Food Tourism Experience 2017 in the North East. The brand itself was also selected as one to watch in the Great British Brand book by Country Town and House. We are excited to see what 2018 brings,” said Angus.

See the Gordon Castle website for more information.

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