Chock-a-block craft tent at Best of the West Festival 2017!

As well as a glittering array of music stars, celebrity chefs and food and drink outlets, next month’s Best Of The West Festival (BOWFest) – the family-friendly festival held in the grounds of the magnificent Inveraray Castle from 8-10th September 2017 – features a craft tent chock-a-block with a diverse range of stands, including the winners of its Business Gateway competition.

bowfest craft tent

The six Business Gateway winners are: The Devine Hag, organic aromatherapy mood and room sprays; Mummy's Sew Crafty, handmade, custom children’s clothes; Sea Harr Houses, little houses, boats, pictures and other items made from driftwood; Woollyhatz, range of hats, scarves, shawls and other accessories; Annie Pins, Harris tweed gifts, purses, scarves, brooches, bags, cushions and quilts and Puffer Food, luxury handmade, award-winning preserves, condiments and gift hampers.

Others stallholders on the Craft Tent include: Mansfield Studios’ ranges of pottery and Harris Tweed; Urban Pirate’s T-shirts; Rezawood’s furniture and other items hand-crafted from whisky barrels: Togz for Dogz; KMR Candles; artist Susan Berry; Kintyre Preserves; Truly Trossachs Frames; Barefoot on the Croft’s beautifully-illustrated children’s books; silverware, jewellery and others.

Eleanor, Duchess of Argyll, BOWFest chairperson, said: “Bursting with a vast array of hand-crafted items, our craft tent really does represent the range of bespoke arts and crafts available from the creative community of Argyll and offers something for everyone!

“No doubt our sponsor Bidwells will have a challenge on its hand to decide which stallholders should be presented with the coveted prize for best stand over the weekend.”

Music headliners at the festival include: Eddi Reader, Skerryvore, Skipinnish, Blazin' Fiddles, Hunter and the Bear and Tide Lines while The Best of the West Festival Kitchen on Sunday 10th September will feature: Masterchef: The Professionals 2016 winner Gary Maclean; Graeme Cheevers, head chef of Restaurant Martin Wishart, Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond and Paul Leonard, head chef at The Isle of Eriska Hotel Restaurant, both Michelin star restaurants.

Inveraray Castle, the jewel in the West Highland’s crown, provides a stunning venue for the event, which is fully under cover. The imposing, turreted castle, sits on the edge of Loch Fyne surrounded by the breath-taking scenery of the west coast. The Festival will take place in the grounds of the castle with the castle itself, hills and loch as a backdrop.

Best Of The West Festival (BOWFest) is supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, through its National Funding Programme.

This year Best of the West Festival has teamed up with West Coast Motors to provide packages that incorporate special festival bus transport as well as entrance to the festival to and from Glasgow, Oban and Dunoon. To book tickets go to

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For further information please contact John Patrick on 01499 302611

Issued on behalf of Best of the West by Liquorice Media tel 0187 738 2961

Date 7 August 2017

Notes to Editors


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