THE pandemic may have forced the postponement of this year’s Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival – but there were still plenty of happy faces to be found at Loch Lomond Shores last weekend.

The festival itself had been due to take place at the Balloch venue on September 5 and 6, but the organisers announced last month that it would not be held until 2021.

But the Shores’ regular weekend markets have brought in plenty of visitors since lockdown limits were eased, and on Saturday and Sunday some 20 stallholders brought along their wares to sell – and found lots of customers eager to sample their goods.

Our photographer Lesley Roberts caught up with just a few of Sunday afternoon’s stallholders and visitors.

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Audrey Calder from Loch Lomond Shores said:“We’ve been delighted to welcome back the market at Loch Lomond Shores since early July.

“Always popular, they’ve proved particularly so throughout the summer as they’ve offered local people a safe way to shop and support local producers. In fact, they’ve been so popular that we’ve had them every Sunday throughout July and August.

“From September they have reverted back to every first and third Sunday of the month and we very much hope that people will still come along and support local producers throughout the autumn and winter.”

Loch Lomond Shores is now planning a ‘virtual’ version of its food and drink festival for the weekend of September 19 and 20, while the venue hopes to be able to host its 2021 ‘Springfest’ in April of next year.

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