A handful of businesses and organisations in Tarbert on Loch Fyne are taking the opportunity to shout about the super-fresh Scottish seafood that is landed on their fish quay throughout the year.
Some local restaurants, hotels, food producers and even the Harbour Authority itself have joined forces to take a stand at the BBC Good Food Show Scotland to promote the produce available in the village.
Michael Casey, partner of Cafebarge, a seafood restaurant in Tarbert, says: ‘Tarbert survives on shellfish and seafood. Not many people are aware that hundreds of thousands of tonnes of shellfish are landed here annually, sadly most of it going directly to Spain. However there are fantastic opportunities to eat fresh local seafood in Tarbert – more or less straight off the boat.’
Tarbert, like most other Scottish tourist destinations has felt the pinch over the summer and these local operators feel it’s time to fight their corner. Apart from an active fishing fleet the village – one of the prettiest little ports in Scotland – boasts 200 boat berths at its marina.
Situated on the shoes of Loch Fyne, famous for its kippers and oysters, Tarbert is only 2.5 hours drive from Glasgow. The village boasts several seafood restaurants and many good quality hotels and B&Bs.
Derek Whyte, one of the owners of the Anchor Hotel in Tarbert, says: ‘We will be running a competition at the Good Food Show with several prizes of a seafood meal and overnight accommodation in Tarbert.
‘I am glad that local businesses are prepared to put aside commercial competition and cooperate on publicising the abundant fresh produce from this beautiful Loch Fyne village.’
The Tarbert stand is to be entitled ‘Tarbert – Argyll’s Premiere Seafood Destination’.
The BBC Good Food Show Scotland opens Friday 19th October and runs until Sunday 21st October.