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Successful Highland Food and Drink Trail to return to Inverness streets

By Philip Murray

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Street food is set to entice culinary fans in Inverness again this summer season.
Street food is set to entice culinary fans in Inverness again this summer season.

Food fans will soon be salivating at the potential culinary treats on offer after the return on the city's Highland Food and Drink Trail was announced.

This summer's street food offering is set to get under way this Saturday (March 30), with seasonal launches at the Highland Food and Drink Trail by the River Ness and at Inverness Marina.

Along with the recently developed Victorian Market, street food at these venues in Inverness has proven popular.

The Highland Food and Drink Trail operates a dedicated street food zone on the river, alongside Inverness Cathedral, where a regularly changing group of new and established vendors can book in seven days a week.

And organisers are excited to build on its success when the latest season begins this weekend.

“It looks like it's going to be a great summer, and we’ve got lots of exciting new businesses coming up in our street food zone. Last year was an amazing year for us, and we are so privileged to be such a big part of the Inverness food and drink scene,” said Douglas Hardie, Highland Food and Drink Trail, who added that it was great to see even more businesses hitting the trail and that its success had been a win for the city's economy and other businesses.

Food & Drink Trail on Ness Walk: Redshank Catering Co. Picture: James Mackenzie
Food & Drink Trail on Ness Walk: Redshank Catering Co. Picture: James Mackenzie

The trail was established during the Covid lockdowns to attract footfall to the city centre, and to help develop new businesses to the stage where they can take on premises in the town centre. Since its launch in 2022, trail regulars The Redshank, Highland Hogroast, Ollies Pops and Blazin Pizza have taken on leases in the Victorian Market.

This weekend will see the Angry Seagull, Auld Smokey Pizzas, Empanadas Bravas, Highland Hogroasts, Dog Falls Brewery and Glen Wyvis Distillery. There will be music from Timorous Beasties, and a 10 per cent discount offered for presenting a City Sightseeing Inverness bus ticket!

Inverness Marina is a venue operated over summer by The Redshank. It is their seasonal pitch by the picturesque firth with a view of the Kessock Bridge and regularly includes guest street food vendors, music and events. This weekend, The Marina is hosting The Redshank, Ollies Pops and Blazin Pizza, along with live music.

“We are delighted to be part of a growing street food community in the Highlands," added Anne Marie Ross, The Redshank. "Offering the best local produce the Highlands have to offer. You can find our traditional fish and chips along with our street food twist on some classics."=

“Being on the street food Trail in Inverness has been a great platform for our business. This looks like a really good year ahead, and it's great to be surrounded by all these different food types in the one place,” added Grant MacNicol, Angry Seagull.

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