Malts’ festival stand space still available

Long queues at Springbank's open day at last year's Malts' Festival.

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It is less than four weeks till Campbeltown’s biggest whisky celebration.

The Courier already has a stand booked for the Malts’ Festival’s Springbank open day on Thursday May 24.

Kate Watt at Explore Campbeltown says  there are still stand spaces available that day and the following day Friday May 26 at Kilkerran’s open day.

Ms Watt said: ‘For the Friday, as well as the usual craft and food stalls, Explore Campbeltown hopes to have some interactive stands to make it a bit of a distillery fun day.

‘Fiona Irwin from Wee Toon Warriors will be running some Whisky Warrior challenges.

‘There are also stand spaces for charity or community groups to do fundraising, hopefully with a whisky theme.’

Looking further ahead, out on the water, Explore Campbeltown is supporting Campbeltown Sailing Club and the Seasports group’s Community Regatta and hopes to run some shore based activities.

Ms Watt added: ‘ If anyone is interested in getting involved, or would like to join a steering group to help shape the regatta please let me know.’

On September 1 Explore Campbeltown hopes to run an inaugural food festival – ‘Taste of Kintyre.’

‘This festival will showcase all the fantastic local produce we have in Kintyre,’ said Ms Watt, ‘The idea is to have a kind of street food festival, with stalls selling small taster plates of dishes using local ingredients.

‘This means that both the produce and the people preparing it – hopefully from local hotels and restaurants – are both being promoted.

‘We’re still finalising details and in discussions with environmental health officers to make sure everything runs smoothly.

‘It would be very useful to have an indication of who would like to be involved.

‘It would be great to get as many producers, restaurants, cafes and hotels involved as possible.

‘If anyone is able to help out as part of the organising committee that would be much appreciated.’

Currently the food festival committee has four members: Ms Watt, Archie McMillan – Kintyre Smokehouse, Andrew Gemmill – Ifferdale Lamb and Niall Macalister Hall – Kintyre Gin.

To contact Explore Campbeltown call 07799702230 or email: