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Scotland’s other royal connection

Running from 2nd to 6th of November, the Monte Carlo Whisky Festival is a five-day event that offers whisky tastings, a charity auction, and a ceilidh. The highlight of the festival, which brings the best of Scotland to the best of Monaco, is the St Andrew’s Day Gala Dinner at the Yacht Club of Monaco.

His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco attends the Gala Dinner. Guests easily pay 6000 euros per table. The money raised from this event goes to The Prince Albert of Monaco II Foundation. The mission of his foundation is to protect the environment and sustainable development.

Responsible for the menu and food are Chef Christian Garcia from the Prince’s Palace and David Graham from Lews Castle in Stornoway. But it’s the fish that will take centre stage. Andrew Lovie is the Managing Director of Foinaven Fish. The company is family-operated out of Whitehills, Aberdeenshire, and is providing all the fresh fish for this year’s festival.

“It is a real honour for Foinaven to be supplying fish to the Monte Carlo Whisky Festival – as a family run company, we are able to follow our catch from the sea to the plate, ensuring the product is of the highest quality, for all our customers,” Mr Lovie explained. “Our boats work in the clear, unpolluted waters off the west coast of Scotland, landing the best fish in the world, and we are proud to be taking our hand-selected catch to this most exclusive event.”

Anita di Sotto, owner of La Maison d’Ecosse, and the Ambassador in Monaco for Scotland Trade and Culture had this to say about the well-regarded Scottish company, “The Monegasque are used to the finest quality products, and also have a deep respect for traditional family businesses. Andrew’s passion for the product and knowledge, handed down through generations of fishermen, are second to none. I know we will be serving up the freshest, highest grade fish at the Gala Dinner, and that our guests will appreciate the spectacular flavour, as well as the story behind Foinaven Fish, truly showing off the best of Scotland.”

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