Well what a busy month August has been! We are currently in the middle of the Glasgow Restaurant Associations month long promo 'dinearound', the deal is 3 courses and a glass of Prosecco or Malt whisky - bargain! and so say all of us.
The Edinburgh Festival is also in full swing - 1.5 million people bouncing about Edinburgh and thankfully spilling over into Glasgow, I went through with my kids for some cultchur and was amazed at the scale of the Festival and apart from a ropey lunch it was a great family day out. All in all we are experiencing a lot of tourist trade at the moment and maybe our 'excellent' rating on tripadvisor is working some mojo....
Early in the month we were invited to showcase Red Onion at Piping Live in Gearge Square, demoing Finnan haddie risotto and generally spreading the good word. Problem was I had to compete with Oban High's pipe band! Now I've toured with the likes of Guns N Roses, Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi and been subject to some serious decibels but even I could not compete with the pipes! I had to throw in the towel and admit defeat. On the Saturday I had the pleasure of demoing for The Fed of Scots Chefs 'Flavour of Scotland' theatre at the actual World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow Green which was a more sedate and quieter affair - thank you Marie Clare for organising a great event. Field Marshall Montgomery from N. Ireland were the winners btw.
On August 7 Glasgows latest superstar attraction The New Riverside Museum hosted a Seafood Festival with Chefs including Jacqueline O'Donnell, Joe Queen and yours truly demoing, while the fish market had salmon from Loch Duart, fresh oysters from Caledonian Oysters, a seafood BBQ from MacCallums of Troon, oysters and smoked salmon from Loch Fyne and scallops from the Waterfront Bar and Restaurant in Oban. The highlght of the weekend was the Scottish Oyster Opening Championships sponsorede by Loch Fyne. 9 schuckers opened 18 oysters and were timed, a second was then added onto their time for every oyster that was pierced, unsevered or had traces of shell and fingers...?. The top 3 then opened 30 oysters in a schuck off, same rules applied and the winner was young Angus from Caledonian Oysters - he was slowish but he was the neatest. The good news was if you were in the audience you were treated to plenty of oysters!