When I got the opportunity to visit Taste Angus, a Scottish food festival held in the stunning Glamis Castle, my tastebuds were already tingling. I love nothing better than discovering a new region by sampling the local food and drink. Angus, in the east of Scotland, with the country's first UNESCO City of design, Dundee, at its foot and Aberdeenshire to its north is best known, food wise, for its hugely popular Arbroath Smokie and its world renowned Aberdeen Angus. I was about to discover a whole host of exciting and passionate food and drink businesses to rival those big names though and I couldn’t wait.
It's not a region I have spent a lot of time in. I've previously explored the coast, swam in the open air pool in Stonehaven and visited the beaches of Broughty Ferry, Montrose and Carnoustie but I had yet to venture inland. What I found when I did was rolling hills, glens and the cutest little villages I've seen for a long time.
Angus is known as the birthplace of Scotland. It was in 1320 when the Declaration of Arbroath was signed at Abroath Abbey, declaring Scotland as an independent nation. If you are visiting make sure to hunt out the many Pictish stones, particularly the ones found in Kirriemuir, Aberlemno, St Vigeans and Monifieth. While you are there sample some food too...
We were based for the weekend at Glenesk Hotel in the Georgian town of Edzell. The Victorian period hotel is a credit to the owners, with knowledgable and helpful staff who did everything possible to make sure we had a fantastic stay. The hotel was also the perfect start to our foodie weekend, thanks to a truly astounding collection of whisky. Over 1000 bottles lined the walls of the traditional whisky room. A bottle from every Distillery in Scotland, and plenty more. Over 200 gins, 70 rums and 70 vodkas complete the collection.
The room I stayed in was lovely, big and airy with the comfiest bed I’ve slept in for ages! Decorated traditionally in terms of the walls and carpet it was in perfect keeping with the rest of the hotel. There was a lovely little tray of goodies with Cadbury’s hot chocolate , tea, coffee and biscuits and the bathroom was ideal (especially the shower - heaven!).
Oh and if you need any more persuading to stay here there is also a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym, hot tub and games room.
Read more about the stunning food on offer here below.
I spent the weekend with fellow bloggers Claire from Foodie Quine and Lynsey from Girl Versus Food and loved spending time with people who love Scottish food festivals as much as me.