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By DNG24

HAIL a taxi in Dumfries and Galloway next weekend and you might end up with bangers or smoked mackerel instead of a lift.

Artists have fitted out a black cab and converted it to run on used cooking oil, for an eco-friendly cooking tour of the region.

It is part of this year’s Spring Fling event, taking place May 23-25.

Running on Empty will see catering duo Jade Norcross and Craig Middleton preparing everything from a seaside barbeque at Port William, to canapes and smoked mackerel lunches at Brydekirk.

Their catering stops will also include Eskdalemuir, Dalry and Sanquhar.

Craig and Jade, who run the Scrumptious bistro in Dumfries, have spent weeks preparing delicious menus and sourcing ingredients.

She said: “We’re really looking forward to getting out there on the road and serving great food and drink made with lots of local ingredients.

“The idea of street food is really taking off across the country right now and we thought we’d bring it to Dumfries and Galloway in a novel and environmentally friendly way.”

The cab was converted by artist David Ralston and runs on cooking oil fuel from chip shops in the area.

Spring Fling director Leah Black said: “I’m sure our visitors will love the idea black cab cafe, complete with chef, serving up superb food, in some of the most beautiful spots in Dumfries and Galloway alongside six artist’s studios across the region.”

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