Published: 04/01/2016 11:13 - Updated: 04/01/2016 11:20

Kingussie serves up another helping of food and film

Kingussie Food on Film Festival's Lydie Bocquillon.
Kingussie Food on Film Festival's Lydie Bocquillon.

KINGUSSIE will be abuzz for the village’s annual Food on Film Festival.

That is because the theme for the ninth festival will be bees, reflecting the valuable part the insects play in the world’s biodiversity.

The four day event takes place from Thursday February 4 to Sunday February 7 and is now a firm fixture in the Badenoch town’s calendar.

An estimated 1300 people attended last year’s festival, providing a timely boost to the town and its businesses.

Festival director and local chef Lydie Bocquillon said: "The team of volunteers behind the festival believe its popularity is due to its well-established history of high quality events, community participation and, of course, a love of good local food.

"The community having fun during what is normally a quiet time of the year has always been a focus for the festival and this has helped make it a success."

Councillor Jaci Douglas will officially open the festival at the Iona Gallery on Thursday February 4 at 7pm.

The gallery will host art on this year’s theme by the Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists, as well as work from local schools.

The evening will also feature a showing of the film, Queen of the Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us? (2010), which looks at the global bee crisis.

Entry is £6 and visitors are encouraged to dress up in bee-themed accessories.

The highlight will be on Saturday when the Badenoch Centre hosts the festival food hall.

Pennie Latin, presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s The Kitchen Cafe, will host the event, which includes food and drink stalls and bee-themed children’s activities.

Just as important as the food is the line-up of films, including The God of Cookery, The Hundred-Food Journey and, to close the festival, Sweeney Todd, starring Johnny Depp, in a special pie and a pint screening for those who do not think too hard about what is in Mrs Lovett’s succulent pies.

"The festival provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy a film with friends – old and new – and for a shared experience with a few culinary delights thrown in," Bocquillon, of Kingussie’s Auld Alliance Restaurant, added.

"Films can so easily be watched at home but the festival provides a great value way to enjoy the excitement of the big screen in a cosy local venue."

2016 Festival schedule

Thursday February 4

7pm – This year’s festival will open with a show of bee-themed artwork by the Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists and local schools and a screening of Queen of the Sun: What Are The Bees Telling Us? This documentary by award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel looks at the global bee crisis with the help of global experts. Iona Gallery.

Friday February 5

7pm – Pupil’s surprise film choice. Kingussie High School.

Saturday February 6

11am to 4.30pm - Food Hall at the Badenoch Centre with host BBC Radio Scotland presenter Pennie Latin, food and drink stalls, demonstrations, competitions and bee-themed children’s activities.

7pm – Chinese-themed meal and film, The God of Cookery (1996): The most renowned and feared chef in the world loses his title of god of cookery because of his pompous attitude and sets out to reclaim the honour. Talla nan Ros.

Sunday February 7

Noon – Sunday Carvery and screening of The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014): The Kadam family leaves India for France, where they open a restaurant opposite Madam Mallory’s (Helen Mirren) Michelin-starred eatery. Duke of Gordon Hotel.

7pm – Pie and a pint film night with a screening of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Tim Burton’s retelling of the hit Broadway musical starring Johnny Depp. Talla nan Ros.

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