Thousands of visitors are expected to descend on Inverurie this weekend to sample the finest food and drink available in the area for Taste of Grampian, food and drink festival, at the Thainstone Centre on Saturday, June 2.
The event will give people a chance to try some of the high-quality food and drink products made locally, including smoked salmon, shortbread, ice-cream, prime roast beef and creamy fudge to name a fraction of the items designed to wake up the tastebuds - all of which can be washed down with a dram or two from local distilleries.
Innovations for this year include a farmyard where visitors can speak to farmers supplying local stores, while Keenan Recycling will be giving away compost made from the products it recycles – ideal for those looking to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Visitors will also be able to take part in a chocolate workshop run by local firm Cocoa Ooze and there will be butchery demonstrations and top tips on how to cook the perfect steak.
The Two Fat Laddies – chefs Sandy Greig and Robert Bruce – are returning to present some shows, and wine-tasting will be available courtesy of Neish Wines.
Two celebrity chefs Phil Vickery and Ed Baines will be displaying their culinary talents.
Phil Vickery, who is married to Fern Britton, said: “I always cook regionally, so I try to use as many local products as I can, wherever I am.”
All visitors to the food festival are invited to visit the Food Safety stand No. 232 in the eXchange to test their food safety knowledge in a fun quiz with the chance to win an oil drum barbeque, kitchen set and drinks refrigerator.
This prize package, worth around £200, will help the lucky winner ensure that food is stored at the correct temperature and is thoroughly cooked when organising their own celebrations.
Tickets for the celebrity cookery demonstrations can be purchased, plus booking fee, on line at www.anmgroup.co.uk/tasteofgrampian
Taste of Grampian runs from 9.30am-4.30pm on Saturday, June 2, at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie. For further details visit www.tasteofgrampian.co.uk