Kingussie is probably one of my favourite places reachable by a short train journey from Inverness. The town has just about everything you need, and there’s a fab circular walk that I did a couple of years ago, (photos here). There’s also a big sense of community spirit there, which is evidenced by the way the whole community becomes involved in the Kingussie Food on Film festival which is held every February. I visited in 2015, and this year the festival celebrated it’s 10th anniversary.
Each year the festival includes foodie film nights and creative events held in venues across Kingussie, and I attended the Food Hall event during the Saturday. As well as a hall fully-packed of producers selling all manner of foodie goods, there was a programme of hosted items, including a bread competition, a cook off between Scotland Food Ambassador Christopher Trotter and food writer/culinary tour guide Ghillie Basan using some local Scottish salmon, and a wine tasting. It was a nice way to spend a few hours!
One stall was extremely popular, run by the local Highland Wildlife Park who were showcasing the rise in insects as food. Knowing that red beetle dye is an ingredient of sprinkles and strawberry frappacinos was certainly an eye opener!
Whilst I didn’t partake in any insect tasting, it was interesting to note the nutritional information of each little creepy crawlie!
Of course, it’s hard not to buy the whole barn when you go to a foodie event, but I managed to pick up some lovely Scottish foods – Great Glen Charcuterie, Glenfeshie smoked salmon, Summerhouse tonic water, Shetland Reel Gin, some tablet, and some salad from Cantraybridge College. A great haul of goodies!