If music be the food of love …

The month of August will see two fantastic events celebrating the Year of Food and Drink Scotland set up for the year with some help from the dedicated funding programme. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival has been awarded £10,000 as part of the second round of funding for the Year of Food and Drink, while the Elgin Food and Drink Festival was awarded £4,350.

Belladrum hits the Highlands again from 6 - 8 August, and this year sees the introduction of Deliciously Bella, where festival goers are being invited to eat to the beat with Claire Macdonald. The creator of the Michelin-starred Kinloch Lodge Hotel in Skye is curating the ‘Deliciously Bella’ feasting tent at the festival, where diners can enjoy a restaurant experience and the best produce the Highlands has to offer.

The end of August will see the 5th annual Elgin Food and Drink Festival, offering visitors and locals a tasty tipple area, food and craft stalls and plenty of entertainment including stars of MasterChef and The Great British Bake Off.

Star guests Jamie Scott, winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2014, and true Scot Norman Calder, star of The Great British Bake Off, who lives on the north east coast, will both be giving fantastic live cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

Designed to help enhance Scotland’s culinary reputation and increase awareness of the country’s rich natural larder, the Year of Food and Drink 2015 is led by VisitScotland, with support from Scotland Food & Drink, on behalf of the Scottish Government. Event organisers can sign up to the Year of Food and Drink partner programme and benefit from the spin-off promotion of being part of this year-long celebration. Find out more and sign up.

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