Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier at Grandtully, Highland
Perthshire last night won the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink
Excellence Award for Food Service Product of the Year 2014 at the
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, in front of a record
audience of 700 guests.
Managing Director Janice
Kennedy, Commercial Director Julie Collier and Production Director
Iain Burnett collected the prestigious award.
Iain was deeply proud to win the award for a second time
especially in such talented company, alongside well established
producers. The judges commented "cannot wait to try them………
delivers with passion and enthusiasm!" and feedback from the
tasting session "really good quality chocolate made with care
and attention…….an excellent product……. clever and unconventional
flavours………Strawberry & Star Anise - beautifully matched, a
touch of genius."
Managing Director, Janice Kennedy was thrilled for the
whole team and commented "caps an excellent year for our
rapidly expanding business. We plan to retail the dusted Velvet
Truffles and create the same wow for the retail customer as chefs
have already appreciated."
The company's trophy cabinet now boasts:-
For more information, please contact: Julie Collier firstname.lastname@example.org,
telephone 01887 840775 or visit www.highlandchocolatier.com
The Enchanted Forest Has Sights Set on Tourism
The Enchanted Forest, Scotland's premier sound and light event,
is set of go head to head with some of the country's best known
cultural events this Friday evening, for the title of Best Cultural
Event at this year's Scottish Thistle Awards in Stirling.
Already laying claim to the title of Best Cultural
Event at the Scottish Event Awards held in Glasgow in
September the event, which is run by the Highland Perthshire
Community Interest Company, is hoping for a repeat performance this
Friday as they face off Glasgow Film Festival, Bloody Scotland
Festival and Tiree Music Festival who have all been shortlisted as
national finalists in the category.
Record breaking visitor numbers of just over 40,000
visitors attended the event in 2013 and its positive
economic impact is cemented as the major driver of tourism to the
area in Autumn.
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest
"We are truly delighted to be representing Perthshire at the
national Scottish Thistle Awards. The Enchanted Forest continues to
grow and develop as an event and this year demonstrated a 30%
increase in visitor numbers, over 90% of whom cite the event as
their main reason for visiting the area.
"It's a major contributor to the local tourism economy,
which is a commendable position for any event that is run by a very
small number of volunteers. To be shortlisted for such a
prestigious award is, in itself, recognition of their hard work and
dedication to making The Enchanted Forest a success."
For more information visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk
Organisers of The
Enchanted Forest, a Perthshire Big Tree Country event and
Scotland's premier sound and light show, confirmed today
that ticket sales for their twelfth show have already surpassed
last year's record breaking box office figures and that they are
now on target to extend a warm Highland welcome to more than 35,000
visitors this year.
The event attracted a record breaking 30,500 visitors last year and
this year the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company that
organises the event have already extended capacity for the shows
twice, adding on an extra night and opening up a new twilight show
earlier in the evening, to accommodate the unprecedented
Organisers are now encouraging members of the public,
specifically those planning to attend in the final week of the
show, to buy their tickets now or they risk being
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted
Forest, commented: "The demand for tickets at box office this
year has been unprecedented. Sales are up almost 40% but we are
fast running out of available tickets so, to avoid disappointment,
we'd advise those last-minute purchasers not to delay and to book
their tickets now.
Last year we had a lot of people travel significant distances to
attend the event who had not purchased their tickets in advance,
and with many shows close to capacity and now selling very quickly
indeed, we're keen to ensure that everyone has a positive trip to
Pitlochry and that they get to see the show."
The event attracts visitors from all over the UK and,
indeed, the world and the positive economic benefit to the local
area this year is estimated to exceed £2million for the first time
in the show's history.
The 2013 show "absorb" has been designed by a creative team led by
Derek Allan including Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and
Simon Hayes, music by RJ McConnell, and a specially commissioned
orchestral piece in collaboration with composer Jon Beales.
The event runs from Friday 4th October - Sunday 27th
October. For further information about the Enchanted
Forest visit the Enchanted Forest website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk
Enchanted Forest Soars to Success with 12th
The Enchanted Forest, a Perthshire Big Tree Country
event and Scotland's premier sound and light show, launched last
night in an array of dazzling colours to a select audience of press
and VIPs at Forestry Commission Scotland's Faskally Wood near
The twelfth event in the series is on course to smash all
previous box office records, with organisers reporting that advance
ticket sales are up over 50% on the previous year.
The 2013 show "absorb" has been designed by a creative team led
by Derek Allan including Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney
and Simon Hayes, music by RJ McConnell, and a specially
commissioned orchestral piece in collaboration with composer Jon
Beales. Together they have created a dazzling and engaging show
which celebrates the stunning woodland setting of the event and
appropriately marks the Year of Natural Scotland.
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest 2013,
"We have worked especially hard this year to ensure we deliver a
show that is both creative and visually stunning. Every year the
remarkable natural woodland of Faskally Wood provides our canvas
and inspiration and we really hope our audience members enjoy their
"Thanks to funding from Event Scotland we have been able to
extend the reach of the show this year into new markets and I am
certain that new visitors to the event from the North East of
England, as well as from closer to home, will find the experience
both breath-taking and unique."
Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth and North
Perthshire, formally opened the show on Wednesday night,
"This is undoubtedly one of Scotland's finest cultural events
which just continues to go from strength to strength. Last year it
attracted over 30,000 visitors to Highland Perthshire, an essential
boost for the local economy, but it also showcases the natural
beauty of Scotland right across the globe. The Enchanted Forest is
a must see event for any visitor to Scotland in the Autumn."
visiting The Enchanted Forest this year will also have the chance
to submit their own digital artwork to an esteemed panel of judges
for the event's first ever photographic competition. The winner
will receive vouchers for photography kit as well as see their
winning image displayed as a special guest exhibit in Perth Museum
and Art Gallery' Big Roots Exhibition, which features images of big
trees from the local area.
Derek Allan commented:
"Every year our visitors send in literally hundreds of photos on
social media and we thought it would be fantastic if we could
reward them for their photographic efforts. We are very lucky to
have secured Anna Henly, an award winner at the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Competition, to act as our guest judge and we very much look
forward to seeing everyone's interpretations of The Enchanted
Forest this year."
The event runs from Friday 4th October - Sunday
27th October. Tickets are in very high demand this year
with many shows already sold out.
For further information about the Enchanted Forest, the
photographic competition and to book tickets, visit the Enchanted
Forest website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk
The Enchanted Forest Named Best Cultural Event at
Scottish Event Awards
The Enchanted Forest, Scotland's premier sound and
light event, has been named Best Cultural Event at this year's
Scottish Event Awards in Glasgow.
Beating off stiff competition from the
Wickerman Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and the MG
Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, the event took the title at a
sparkling Gatsby style black tie event held in the Crowne Plaza on
It is the second time the
event has claimed this title at The Scottish Event Awards, and it's
their second Cultural win this year, having picked up the Regional
Thistle Award for Best Cultural Event in June.
Record breaking visitor numbers and its positive impact
on the local community in 2012 sealed the deal for the
judges, who recognised the ongoing success of the event as
a major driver of tourism at a national level, as well as
the event's international reach which saw TV crews attend
the event from Russia, France and press coverage across the globe
including Die Welt, National Geographic Traveller and other
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest commented:
"The Enchanted Forest continues to go from strength to
strength and we are truly thrilled to receive this award for a
second time. Every year we stretch the creative impact of the event
and it's rewarding to know that our efforts are
The 2013 show, absorb, opens to the public on
Friday 4th October and has been designed by Scottish
lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes and with music by RJ
McConnell, which includes a specially commissioned orchestral piece
in collaboration with composer Jon Beales.
Tickets for The Enchanted Forest 2013 are selling quickly. For
more information visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk
We would like to introduce you to the NEW area web site
for Explore Highland Perthshire, it is called "Explore Pitlochry
Why Explore Pitlochry?
NEW WEB Site -
We would appreciate any comments you have, anything you think we
have not got right or need changed
The Highland Mainline was opened from
Dunkeld to Pitlochry on the 1st June 1863, from Forres to Aviemore
on 3rd August 1863 and the final section from Aviemore to Pitlochry
on 9th September 1863. Finally a direct connection to
Edinburgh and the South made travel possible for all.
On Monday 9th September at 11am the official ceremony
will take place on Platform 1 at Pitlochry Station in front of
invited guests. The unveiling of the restored MacFarlane 7
Drinking Fountain from the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, one of only two remaining at Stations
in Scotland and a plaque will be performed. Invited guests will be
able to view the Breadalbane Academy and Pitlochry High School Art
posters along the railings,which gaily emulate Victorian travel
posters, the Floral Train on Platform 1 and a collection of old
photographs of Pitlochry Station & staff and the new Mural in
the North-bound Waiting Room on Platform 2.
After speeches, the official party will make their way to the
New Fishers Hotel for lunch.
The whole Station, both Waiting Rooms and the Victorian
Footbridge have been cleaned and re-painted for the 150th.
To celebrate this Sesquicentennial,
FirstScotrail and Network Rail have refurbished the Station
buildings and the Victorian footbridge at Pitlochry. The
local community, with help from Pitlochry in Bloom, Pitlochry
Partnership, Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle and local schools
have set up a group to celebrate the arrival of the train and
tourism to Pitlochry. A colourful exhibition of childrens artwork,
a floral train and unique historical photographs will be on display
for September this year.
Central to the celebrations has been the restoration of
the Victorian Drinking Fountain, a MacFarlane 7 from the
Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, with financial assistance from the
FirstScotrail, P&KC Heritage Trust and the Railway Heritage
Trust. This is one of only two
remaining at Stations in Scotland.
To continue the celebrations and allow the local community to
join in, Pitlochry in Bloom is holding a Celebration
Ceilidh in the Atholl Palace Hotel on the evening
of the 9th September 2013. The Atholl Suite
will be suitably decked out for the occasion, with all things
railway and tickets, which must be pre-purchased by Saturday 7th
will be on sale from the Atholl Palace. Supper and a celebration
cake, dancing to the Pride of Earn Ceilidh Band and if you want to
dress up in your Victorian finery, please do!
Pitlochry in Bloom will be hosting a private Victorian
Tea Party for the Pitlochry Primary School children to
celebrate too in the New Fishers Hotel on the afternoon of the
11th, sports, stories and sticky buns!
The final event for the town is a free
talk with slides in in The Bow Lounge, at the Atholl Palace Hotel
at 7.30pm on the evening of the 11th September
2013 by renowned railway author Neil Sinclair. Neil
Sinclair is the author of the new edition of The
Highland Main Line which has just been published by
Stenlake to mark the 150th anniversary.
Pitlochry in Bloom wins Heritage Lottery Fund
Pitlochry in Bloom has received £25,800 from the
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, 150 Years On
Track, to celebrate the Highland Mainline Railway arriving in
Pitlochry. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project
focuses on the opening of Joseph Mitchell's railway line over the
Cairngorms and the arrival of trains to Pitlochry in 1863 and the
impact on the town as it became a Tourist destination and a place
to live and work.
The project will enable visitors and locals to explore the
changes the train and railway brought to the town, it will involve
young and old alike and leave a photographic and written legacy for
all to enjoy.
Commenting on the award, Sally Spaven, Chair of Pitlochry in
Bloom said: " We are thrilled to have received the support of
the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will give
the community pride in their Railway Heritage and the opportunity
to celebrate 150 Years On Track.
Colin McLean, Head of HLF Scotland, said "This
project is driven by the local residents of Pitlochry. It
demonstrates how our heritage can be a living part of a community
bringing people together to learn from and enjoy their shared
identity. We are delighted to be giving this worthwhile venture our
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage
Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage
for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and
enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology,
natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every
part of our diverse heritage. To date it has invested
over £500 million in Scotland's heritage. Website: www.hlf.org.uk
Over 30,000 tickets have gone on sale this weekend for the
multi-award winning sound and light show The Enchanted
The Enchanted Forest attracted almost 31,000 visitors in
2012, organisers have announced an extension to the event's usual
23 night run to include an additional night to cater for
tourists holidaying in the area during the English mid-term
The Enchanted Forest celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and
was recently named Best Cultural Event at the VisitScotland Thistle
Awards ceremony held earlier this month, adding to a raft of awards
won over the last few years.
The 2013 show, 'absorb', has been designed
by Scottish lighting designer Kate Bonney and sound
designer RJ McConnell, and will include a new orchestral piece
which has been specially commissioned, by composer John
Derek Allan, creative director of The Enchanted Forest commented,
"We are looking forward to this year's event which will be held
in the glorious Autumnal setting of Faskally Wood. It's always a
challenge for the creative team to reinvent the canvas of the event
but we have been working on some very exciting concepts for this
year's show which we are certain will deliver the wow factor that
our customers expect from us as well as showing new aspects of
Faskally Wood that returning visitors may never have seen
The Enchanted Forest will take place from Friday 4th - Sunday 27th
October 2013 at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.
Tickets are now on sale to the general public. For further
information please visit www.EnchantedForest.org.uk
The Birks Cinema, a new state of the art cinema in
Aberfeldy, sold its first tickets today, fittingly
purchased by John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance,
Employment and Sustainable Growth in the Scottish Government and
MSP for Perthshire North.
John Swinney has been a staunch supporter of the
local community's seven-year fundraising campaign to bring the
project to fruition and was on hand to congratulate the team of
volunteers behind the re-launch of The Birks Cinema as they opened
their doors to the nation's press for the first time.
Journalists were treated to a short video introduction to
the cinema's 2D and 3D capabilities, before being given an
exclusive opportunity to explore the magnificently refurbished
listed building, which has been lovingly restored as part of a
£1.3m construction programme, and to meet some of the 8 team
members The Birks Cinema now employs.
During the walk around, the local MSP took time to nip to the box
office, picking up tickets for blockbuster Ironman 3, due to be
screened later in April and naturally steering clear of April's
other major film release, and the first film to be shown at The
Birks Cinema Golden Ticket Event this coming Friday,
John Swinney commented:
"This day has been long awaited and really drives
home what community team work can achieve. I'm honoured to be first
in line to buy tickets for my local cinema and very proud to see
The Birks Cinema restored, resplendent and fully operational once
Moreover, I am excited about the role the cinema will now play in
the local community as an employer, as a creative inspiration, and
as an asset to Aberfeldy and the Highland Perthshire area for both
residents and visitors alike."
Charlotte Flower, Chair of The Birks Cinema,
"John Swinney has been a prominent supporter of our project
and we are delighted he has been our first customer. We've truly
appreciated his backing and we look forward to seeing him return to
The Birks Cinema as a regular customer as we know he's a big fan of
This is an extremely important week for The Birks Cinema.
To get everyone geared up and ready for opening to the public, from
tomorrow we will be opening our doors to a series of test viewings
with some of the area's best (and smallest) movie critics drawn
from local community groups and schools. Then, on Friday we
will stage a glittering Golden Ticket event with winners attending
from across Highland
Perthshire, before finally settling into our new routine from
Tickets will go on sale at 19:39, marking the
year the cinema was originally opened, on Monday 15th April and can
be purchased in person at the box office from 11am on Saturday 20th
For more information on the cinema and its film schedule visit