Taste North

2020 dates to be announced!

Taste North

Taste North 2019 (watch this space for 2020 dates!)

Taste North 2019 featured many foodie and family including chef's demonstrations, cocktail masterclasses and workshops. Our incredible guest of honour was Jean Christophe Novelli who delighted the audience with three live cooking demonstrations.

The Exhibitor's Market offered everyone the opportunity to sample food from local eateries and producers, taste our local tipples and see an array of artisan crafts from right here in Caithness & Sutherland. For families, there was plenty of children’s entertainment and as well as craft activities. 

Taste North 2019 would not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors of both the event and the Taste North Challenge - 

NDA, Rock Rose Gin, Together Travel Co, Caithness Chamber through their Developing the Young Workforce initiative, Mackays Hotel and The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation.





Our Guest of Honour for 2019 was Jean Christophe Novelli 

Jean-Christophe Novelli - celebrity chef at Taste North 2019


Jean-Christophe Novelli is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award-winning chef, who is also dubbed “the nations favourite french chef”.

He began his exciting career at the tender age of fourteen as a baker in his home town of Arras, Northern France, before becoming the private Head Chef to Elie de Rothschild at the age of 19.

Jean-Christophe’s life changed completely when he arrived in Great Britain in 1983. he spent a year taking care of Keith Floyd’s pub, ‘The Maltsters’, as Head Chef, whilst Keith was filming his famous TV shows. In 1996, Jean-Christophe then opened four restaurants in London, and so began the foundations for his internationally based mini-empire. What is so surprising is that he only had £500 in his pocket to start this solo venture.







In conjunction with Baxters and The Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation, we launched the Taste North Challenge competition in 2015. The competition began as a means to inspiring our local students to come up with new recipe ideas that reflect the abundance of incredible ingredients right here on our doorstep.

The annual baking competition returned this year with support from Developing the Young Workforce - North Highland, The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation and Mackays Hotel, Wick.  The competition had a record number of entries with Jean-Christophe Novelli leading the judging panel to decide on winners Katie Carlisle of Pennyland Primary School in the Youth Category and Jodie Wilson in the Open Category, who was also crowned the overall winner.

Open Category and Overall winner, Jodie Wilson said "I'm just delighted to win against such stiff competition.  I'm thrilled."

Youth Category winner, Katie Carlisle said "I'm extremely surprised as I didn't think I would win.  My mum inspired me to do this.  I love baking and do it as often as I can."

Taste North Challenge Winners 2019

The winners of the Taste North Challenge 2019 being presented with their prizes.  Left to right - Jean Christophe Novelli, Trudy Morris (Caithness Chamber of Commerce), Annie Mills (overall winner 2018), Jodie Wilson (Open Category and Overall Winner), Ellie Lamont (Mackays Hotel and Venture North) and Katie Carlisle (Youth Category Winner).



Events and Demonstrations

Cupcake and Biscuit Decorating with Wrennyroo's Cakery

An opportunity to have some fun or perfect your cupcake/biscuit decorating skills - led by Wrennyroo's Cakery.

Family Fun with Messy Nessy

Messy Nessy will be providing lots of family fun at Taste North 2019. Activity and price list: Ceramic Painting - £7-£10 Slime Making - £5 Stone Painting - £3.00 Glitter Face Art – £2.00

Jean-Christophe Novelli - Masterclass 1

Jean-Christophe's perfect Omelette with Rock Rose Gin Cured Salmon, followed by Cairn Hill Agriculture Rib Eye Steak and Blue Cheese and Mushrooms

Cookery Demonstration - Leyla Nellan, Zepice

A delicious Mauritian, Gluten free and Natural Prawn Curry followed by a stir fry using Zepice Mazavaroo natural chilli pastes.

Mr C's Cocktail Masterclass

Simon Collier from Mr C's Bar, Thurso, will be back at Taste North this year to demonstrate some new and exciting cocktail combinations using local tipples from some of our fantastic exhibitors.

Jean-Christophe Novelli - Masterclass 2

Ratatouille and Scrabster Seafood Mixed Fish

Taste North Challenge Prizegiving

The culmination of this years Taste North Challenge supported by the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation. Find out which of our talented local bakers will win exceptional prizes. First off, the Youth category, supported by Developing the Young Workforce. Secondly, the Open category, supported by Mackays Hotel, Wick.

Jean-Christophe Novelli - Masterclass 3

Apple Tarte Tatin