Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

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Up to 16,000 people are expected to descend on the picturesque village of Portsoy this Saturday and Sunday, as the village hosts one our favourite annual events – the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.

Now in its 24th year, the nautical festival is a great day out for all the family.


Whether it’s boats, music, song & dance, craft demonstrations, art or food and drink that float your boat (sorry!) there’s something for everyone. And be sure to keep your eyes open for Vikings!

The North East produces some of the best food and drink in Scotland, and visitors can taste and buy a wide variety of produce in the food fayre. You’ll find our stand in the food marquee at the Wally Green. Other local producers include Downies of Whitehills, Letty’s Preserves, Rose Cottage Country Garden, Sutherland’s of Portsoy, Aberdeenshire Larder, J G Ross, Thistly Cross Cider, Ovenbird Artisan Coffee Roasters, Ola rapeseed oil  and Portsoy Ice Cream.

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There’s an exciting programme of chef demonstrations too, including Barry Hawthorne owner of the isle of Skye Bakery, who will be running a masterclass on baking bread, Alan Stewart from Sutherland’s of Portsoy offering some delicious breakfast ideas using their wonderful fish, and Stuart Stirling from Inverness College UHI who will be cooking with chocolate.

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There’s also a big focus on entertaining younger visitors this year, with games, quizzes and challenges, and places to bounce swing and tumble, and the ever-popular Little Red Bus will take children round the Festival streets in style.

Get the full programme here.


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