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Over 8,000 visitors flocked to the Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside at the weekend (Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July) to enjoy the Ayrshire’s Summer Food, Drink & Craft Market.

Visitors to the Market, which was free to enter and a collaboration with ‘Ayrshire Food An’ A’ That’, shopped from a wide selection of crafts by over 40 artisans, ranging from glasswares, woodcraft, jewellery, scented candles and beauty products to art, gifts, fashion and homewares.

As well as Ayrshire’s finest food and drink producers, visitors picked up new cooking ideas in Saturday’s Food Demo Theatre led by Chef Mark Hunter and the Ayrshire Regional Food Group.

Some of the classic cars on show

Visitors also tucked into baking and treats as well as savouries from Reggaelicious Food Truck and enjoyed free entertainment over both days including Junkman’s Choir and Garnock Valley Traditional Music Group.

Highlights also included a model railway layout, a display of model lifeboats, model sailing craft on the outside boating pond, ten of Ayrshire Classic Car Club’s classic cars and the Scottish Fire Brigades Heritage Trust’s vintage fire engine.

THAT.CO’s tasting area

 Christopher Woodland, Commercial Manager at the Scottish Maritime Museum, says:

We were thrilled with the reception our first Ayrshire’s Summer Food, Drink & Craft Market received and the huge number of visitors who popped along to enjoy the Market and take up the chance to enjoy all the attractions of the Museum for free.

“We’re grateful to all the wonderful food, drink and craft exhibitors, artisans and all the local organisations and groups who took part and made the Market such a success.

“We look forward to hosting our next market – the ever popular Christmas Market – this December.”

Ayrshire’s Summer Food, Drink & Craft Market is one of the highlights of the Museum’s busy summer events and exhibitions programme.

For further information on the Summer events and exhibitions, visit www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org or follow Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @scotmaritime.

Issued on behalf of the Scottish Maritime Museum by
Joanna Harrison, Mobile: 07884 187404

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