Food at the Festival; Dinner [and lunch] with the Dram Queens

Dinner with the Dram Queens: Martine Nouet, the Queen of the Stills, and I will host an evening at the Dowans Hotel. Filled with wonderful conversation as well a four-course whisky and food pairing menu created by the team at the hotel. 

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“Here at the Dowans, we have been pairing food successfully with whisky since our arrival in 2012 believing that the unique combination is one of mastery; equal to that of food and wine, an already established concept. Continuing this celebration, we are delighted to be working with two stalwarts of the industry: Ann Miller and Martine Nouet who, combining their decades’ worth of experience in the industry, have both, in their own way, been pioneers of the pairing of whisky and food.”

The Dowans Hotel

The four course dinner, on Saturday 5th November, 18.30 – 22.30, lovingly curated by Martine and the Dowans kitchen team will be paired with four outstanding drams (and maybe a surprise here or there!) which both Martine and I will delight in detailing, discussing and sharing with guests. Over an aperitif, and as each course is served, I will present the drams and Martine will share the secrets of her inspiration for each dish. In the convivial company of fellow festivalgoers, you will discover how to match a dish to a dram to bring out the best of both.

Whisky Dinners

Drawing on many years’ experience in the whisky industry, including creating sell out dinners together during previous Festivals at several distilleries, Martine and I will host a fascinating exploration which promises to be a not to be missed event.

Enjoy lunches on Friday 4th and Sunday 6th November, 12.15 – 14.30 with Martine and me to discover more about the art of matching food and whisky during a delicious 3 course lunch paired to great Speyside drams. Over an aperitif, and as each course is served, I will present the drams and Martine will share the secrets of her inspiration for each dish. In the convivial company of fellow festivalgoers, you will discover how to match a dish to a dram to bring out the best of both. Drawing on many years’ experience in the whisky industry, including creating sell out dinners during previous Festivals at several distilleries,  Martine and I will host a fascinating exploration which promises to be a not to be missed event.


The lunches will be served in my exclusive tasting room in the heart of Speyside, with a maximum of 12 guests, current guidance on Covid precautions will be observed. Please let me know of any dietary restrictions at the time of your reservation so that these can be accommodated in advance as we cannot guarantee to meet any special requests on the day. It may be possible to help arrange transport from and back to the Elgin area – please contact me for more information.

French born author and journalist, based on Islay, Martine Nouet. The Queen of the Still, writes exclusively about food and spirits. She is the pioneer of matching food and whisky. In 2016 she published the well-acclaimed recipe book “à table, whisky from glass to plate” which reflects her original contribution to whisky and she will be happy to sign copies. Martine also pairs whisky with art, dance, and music at events around the world. A Master of the Quaich, an International Ambassador of the Festival, and a globally sought-after taster and commentator, Martine’s website is www.martinenouet.com

Please, send us any queries and questions you may have