MEET THE EXPERTS

Andrew Abrahams

ANDREW ABRAHAMS

Andrew has kept bees commercially on Colonsay for over 30 years and has wide experience of honey production and queen rearing. He holds the Scottish Beekeepers Association Master Beekeepers Certificate and has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Agriculture.

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS
Bee-keeping, honey production, oyster farming.

Keith Bonnington

KEITH BONNINGTON

Keith has spent the last 20 years working in the premium drinks industry as far afield as South Africa and Singapore. He founded The Whisky Cellar in 2017, an independent blender and bottler of premium Scotch whiskies, and is a Director or Colonsay Beverages. 

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS
Scotch whisky, gin and beer.

Fin and Eileen Geekie

FIN & EILEEN GEEKIE
In August 2016, husband and wife team, Finlay and Eileen Geekie, left behind the hustle and bustle of Oxfordshire, where they’d lived for over 30 years, and moved to their newly completed, self-build house, to start a new life on Colonsay.

 

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Gin, Gin, Gin

Charlotte Flower

CHARLOTTE FLOWER

Charlotte is a forester by training, working overseas in anti-poverty work for many years. Returning to Scotland, she established Charlotte Flower Chocolates, making unique hand-made chocolates imbued with the flavour of locally foraged flowers, herbs and more.

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS
Chocolate making.

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KATIE JOLL

Bio to follow shortly.

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Queen of preserving and bottling.

Martine Nouet

MARTINE NOUET

Martine writes exclusively about food and spirits. Author of the well-acclaimed recipe book "à table, whisky from glass to plate” which reflects her original contribution to whisky. Martine is a Master of the Quaich, an International Ambassador of the Festival, and a globally sought-after taster and commentator.

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Food and spirits, whisky.

Gerard Tattersfield

GERARD TATTERSFIELD

Gerard is head of Customer Experience at Arran Distillery. Don’t let the Yorkshire accent fool you, Gerard has strong Ayrshire roots and is passionate about Arran and its whisky.

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS
Whisky-making, tasting & drinking!

Alison Henderson

ALISON HENDERSON

Alison found her place with food whilst working at a café/deli during university holidays. She spent 13 years as chef & café manager at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Eire, before becoming resident chef at Colstoun Cookery School.

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS
Game, kitchen suppers, bread baking, Indian cooking & foraging.

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DAVID AUSTIN

Bio to follow shortly.

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Wine expert from Bibendum.

Kevin Byrne

KEVIN BYRNE

Bio to follow shortly. 

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Historical walks, legends of the Highlands and Islands.

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MATT GREEN

Bio to follow shortly.

 

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Pig farmer and producer of pork products.

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RICHARD IRVINE

Bio to follow shortly.

 

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Fish smoker extraordinaire.

Chris Nisbet

CHRIS NISBET

Brewer and distiller at Colonsay Beverages, home of Colonsay Beers and Wild Island Botanic Gins.

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS
Brewing, distilling.

Amy Rankine

AMY RANKINE

A foraging teacher for around 6 years, Amy has a passion for wild plants and fungi. She also consultants with breweries, using wild ingredients in beer to connect with the local environment. A Masters in Gastronomy at QMU (and now undertaking her PhD) has influenced Amy’s approach –making connections to the land, sustainability and where wild food sits within our food scape.

 

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Foraging, wild plants and fungi.

Christopher Trotter

CHRISTOPHER TROTTER

Christopher is a renowned chef with over 30 years experience, including Michelin-starred restaurants. He is a food writer, campaigner, broadcaster and holds the title (among others) of Fife Food Ambassador.

 

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Cookery classes, team-building, after-dinner speaking…

Brian Woods

BRIAN WOODS

Brian has worked in the drinks industry for nearly 25 years. Having worked with the major players, and the smaller ones, Brian left the corporate world to set up Crucial Drinks in 2012 to create new world brands in Scotch Whisky and Rum. 

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Whisky, rum.

THANKS

The festival is organised by the Colonsay Tourism Marketing Group, and kindly supported by our amazing experts, contributors and workshop leaders who all give of their time for nothing. A huge thank you to all of them! Any proceeds from the festival go towards establishing Colonsay as a vibrant visitor destination, thus lending vital support to the fragile economy. Thanks also to everyone who has allowed us to use their photographs – especially Ruari Cumming ARPS.