Perthshire has long since been renowned as Scotland’s larder and the rich agricultural ground and abundance of creative, artisan producers have ensured this title is as relevant today as it was in decades gone by.
In more recent years, Perth city and the wider region has become the go-to destination for some of Scotland’s most exciting young chefs, daring mixologists and culinary teachers. A bold claim to make in such an exceptional culinary landscape but it was strengthened in 2018 when Perth was named Scotland’s first Food Town at the Scottish Food Awards.
Of course, with distilleries a-plenty and award-winning producers as far as the eye can see, food and drink experiences in Perthshire are far more varied than a meal out in a fantastic restaurant.
There are a number of truly unique experiences available, spread across the whole of the region. From learning to cook your own authentic Indian food, to wine and chocolate tastings and bread from a Bake Off finalist, we recommend you pull up a table and explore the flavour of the whole area from top to bottom. It’s guaranteed to leave your mouth watering!
Since 1987 Cairn o’ Mohr has been brewing up juicy, fruity, berry-loaded, blossom-scented, leafy-layered, award winning country wines, using the berries for which the area is famous, wild flowers, fruits and leaves. Fruit wines, sparkling wines, ciders and bourtree juices using near anything that grows.
Their famous tours offer a 90-minute experience that follows the production process from berry to bottle and finishes up with a tutored tasting in their sampling room. The whole experience is fully accessible by wheelchair, as is the cafe and comfort stations.
Booking is now a necessity for scheduled tours due to new restrictions on numbers due to Covid-19. Check out the website for more details.
Known as The Highland Chocolatier, Iain Burnett is an award-winning chocolatier and truffle specialist who creates his specially designed chocolates in the picturesque village of Grandtully. Take a self-guided audio tour, explore the chocolate shop and relax in the lounge where you can sample the Best Truffle in The World.
They also offer Chocolate Tasting Flights & Pairings where you can enjoy a rich, sensory experience and learn about the art of a world-class chocolatier. Chocolate Pairing boxes are also available for a wide range of malt whiskies, champagnes, gin, coffee and teas. The result is a dance of carefully balanced flavours that complement the unique characteristics of the cocoa beans and the drinks they're paired with.
A truly unique experience – award-winning chef and restauranteur Praveen Kumar and his wife Swarna will teach you how to prepare authentic, Indian cuisine that is guaranteed to impress your family or friends!
Guiding you throughout, the pair will teach you about the ingredients and the authenticity of their dishes, including their bright, pungent spices which are grown on the family farm back in Hyderabad. The day is punctuated with colourful stories from their home in South India which brings a real joy to the entire experience.
Class sizes have been reduced, along with other safety measures to maintain social distancing wherever possible. There are classes available to book now, and any vouchers previously purchased will have their expiry dates extended by 2 years.
ARAN is the beautifully decorated artisan bakery situated in Dunkeld, that is run and owned by Bake Off finalist, Flora Shedden. Based in what was a derelict 200-year-old building in the heart of the community you can watch on in wonder as the team decorate and finish their cakes and patisserie as well as preparing lunch and breakfast.
All of the ingredients in Aran Bakery are sourced as locally as possible and the bakery supports small not-for-profit initiatives where they can. Oats come from Aberfeldy Mill, free range eggs from a local farm two miles away, organic veg from community initiative The Field less than a mile away and seasonal fruits from Dunkeld Community Orchard just over the bridge.
The menu will change almost daily in conjunction with local produce and seasonality but picture if you will, pistachio and lime cake, plum frangipane and fig and fennel loaf
Aran is currently operating as takeaway only due to Covid-19 – our advice is to eat your treats while sitting on the river bank. Perfection.