Nothing but the Fynest beer, food and music

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The buzz was in the air was less due to the famous Highland Midge at the head of Loch Fyne – and more about simple anticipation and excitement.

One of the most ‘chilled’ and family-friendly festivals around, Fyne Fest, was held over the weekend of June 1 to 3.

More than 2,500 people descended on Cairndow to leave their day-to-day cares behind and relax with a beer and some delicious food while enjoying cracking live music.

Colourful trucks offered quality food, from Mexican snacks and curries to cakes and stovies.

Kids were well catered for, and plenty of entertainment allowed the adults to relax in the knowledge they were wearing themselves out before bed-time.

The sound of music mingled with the aroma of food, and some top-notch bands were on show.

Headlining on the Friday night were Colonel Mustard and The Dijon 5, with a show described as ‘Primal Scream and Happy Mondays genetically fused with the DNA of Frank Zappa, Bob Marley, James Brown and Neil Diamond’.

Saturday’s headliners were Newcastle’s own Holy Moly and The Crackers, full of rock and roll energy.

In between the headliners, music lovers could enjoy bands like the Coaltown Daisies, Dr Hip and The Blues Operation, The Tennessee Hotshots and Argyll favourites the Lush Puppies and the Camans.

So much for the food and music – but what of the beer?

There was something for everyone at Fyne Fest, with a mix of cask and keg offerings from the elite of the UK and Europe’s brewing scenes.

Two dedicated mini-bars, one serving over 25 ciders on draft, and the other serving soft drinks, wines and spirits, made sure every taste was catered for.

Iain Smith, Fyne Ales marketing manager, said: ‘It was great seeing so many smiling faces around the festival site across the weekend.

‘For us, Fyne Fest isn’t just a showcase for Fyne Ales, it’s also a showcase for Argyll. With our Food From Argyll friends serving the best quality local produce and lots of local bands on the music line-up, it’s a real celebration of the amazing talent and produce coming out of our home region.’