Ditch the technology and Dine in the Dark

The 'Dine in the Dark' experience will be held at the Country Park Inn, Mintlaw, on August 24.
The 'Dine in the Dark' experience will be held at the Country Park Inn, Mintlaw, on August 24.

A North-east charity, which provides sensory services for blind and deaf people across the North-east of Scotland, is urging people to take part in a dining experience with a difference, by ditching their technology and delving into darkness for an evening.

North East Sensory Services (NESS), which supports over 4,500 people with sight and hearing loss, is hosting a ‘Dine in the Dark’ event on Wednesday, August 24, in Mintlaw.

The unique event is a culinary experience like no other, as it enables customers to heighten their sense of taste and smell by dining completely blindfolded – preventing diners from thinking more about sharing their meal on Instagram but taking time to concentrate on the food itself.

The ‘Dine in the Dark’ experience is taking place at the Country Park Inn in Mintlaw at 6pm. NESS has held a number of these popular events across the region, which has allowed hundreds of diners to discover how dramatically their senses change when one is not working.

Bruce Cruickshank, fundraising assistant for NESS, said: “All the Dine in the Dark events we’ve organised have gone down extremely well.

“I believe that it appeals to people who like to get adventurous with their food.

“Nobody knows what they’re going to be eating until it’s in front of them, so it’s a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

“Nowadays, most people sit and use their phones at the dinner table. That’s not possible when you Dine in the Dark, making it a really sociable experience. Without the distraction of modern day technology, diners can become fully engaged in conversation with their friends and family, as well as having fun together trying to figure out what they’re eating.

“The event strips the whole eating out experience back to basics. Everything is focused solely on the food, which is how it should be.”

Dine in the Dark tickets are priced at £20 each for a two-course meal, and can be purchased from the Country Park Inn. Call 01771 622622 to book.