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MEET THE EXPERTS

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

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MATT GREEN

Bio to follow shortly.

 

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Crofter, pig farmer and producer of pork products.

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.

Alison Henderson

ALISON HENDERSON

Comes from a cooking and teaching background, having trained and worked at Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland and most recently, managing Colstoun Cookery School here in Scotland. 

Now freelance, she works as an Events chef on weddings and bespoke dinner parties and as a forager, delivering foraging and cookery workshops and Wild Pop Up dinners with The Woodland Collective

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

Amy Rankine

AMY RANKINE

With an MSc in Gastronomy and a lifelong passion for nature, Amy is an expert Member of the Foraging Society and delivers foraging courses and events all across Scotland and beyond. She also consults extensively on the creation of craft beers and spirits with wild edible elements...

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS
Foraging, craft beer and gin production.

Richard Irvine

RICHARD IRVINE

One-time slater, chef on a private yacht and (mainly) brand consultant, Richard has had a passion for food all his life. Having quit his lifetime 30-a-day habit during lockdown, he has now turned to smoking of a different kind.

 

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Fish smoker extraordinaire.

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…

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MIRIAM MUNRO

Would love to say she's a professional cook - but is happy to admit that actually, she's not. But she is an exceptionally talented amateur who learnt the art of pasta making from a good friend who does it professionally for a living.

SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

Pasta, entertaining, the odd glass of wine

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.

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