MEET THE EXPERTS
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.
Bee-keeping, honey production, oyster farming.
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.
Scotch whisky, gin and beer.
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.
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.
Food and spirits, whisky.
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.
Game, kitchen suppers, bread baking, Indian cooking & foraging.
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.
Foraging, wild plants and fungi.
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.
Cookery classes, team-building, after-dinner speaking…
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.