Glasgow's latest star attraction, the £74million Riverside Museum, is to host a mouth-watering celebration of Scottish seafood early next month.
Some of Scotland’s top chefs and leading names in the restaurant business will be at the museum on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August for the first-ever Riverside Seafood Festival. The free event promises to be a truly unique showcase of the very best Scottish seafood and culture, on the banks of the River Clyde. It is open from 10am to 8pm on Saturday and 11am to 8pm on Sunday. Museum opening times will be the same, giving people an extra incentive to come along.
A host of highly acclaimed chefs including Jacqueline O’Donnell (The Sisters), Joe Queen (Glasgow Hilton) and John Quigley (Red Onion) will be giving free demonstrations across the weekend. Chefs from the Healthier Scotland ‘Focus on Food’ Cooking Bus will be offering hands-on lessons to help visitors prepare and cook an array of wonderful seafood dishes.
The festival will also have a quality market stocking the very finest Scottish produce including smoked and fresh 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. Seafood information and interactive displays will also be featured.
Top billing on Sunday is given to the Scottish Oyster Opening Championships. Leading chefs will go head to head with amateurs in a bid to be crowned the best oyster shucker in the land, with the chance to win a trip and potentially a place in the World Oyster Opening Championships in Galway.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor George Redmond, said: " The seafood festival brings together two of the nation's great loves - the Riverside Museum and good food - for what will be a fantastic weekend. There can be no better setting anywhere in the world to enjoy the very finest Scottish seafood than at our iconic new museum on the banks of the River Clyde.
"With an exciting programme including demonstrations from some of Scotland's top chefs and a market selling the best local produce, it promises to be hugely popular with food lovers and transport enthusiasts alike. The museum has already established itself as one of Scotland’s top attractions and events like this will only add to its growing popularity."
As well as celebrating the very finest seafood, Badaboom Bars are presenting the Scottish Gin, Whisky and Ale Bar, which will stock famous Scottish brands including Carroun Gin, Bowmore Whisky and Brewdog Ale. The bar will be open from 11am to 8pm on Sat and 12noon to 8pm on Sunday. Throughout the weekend there will be live music on the band stand all day playing jazz, traditional and contemporary Scottish Music.
The festival is being organised by Glasgow Life in partnership with Seafood Scotland, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Scotland Food and Drink.
Clare Dixon of Seafood Scotland said: "This new event looks set to be a very busy and exciting weekend and really does offer something for all the family. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to sample a wide variety of seafood that is caught in our very own fresh waters. We hope that visitors will go home excited about fish and shellfish, and wanting to cook more for themselves!"