Tarland festival gets community food fund

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‘Tarland Food and Music Festival’ has become a much anticipated weekend celebration of local food and a thriving music scene.

The event is held over the last weekend in September at venues throughout Tarland, and features a busy produce market, open community garden, cooking demonstrations, speakers, workshops, and fantastic live music.

This year, the Festival has been successful in receiving support from the Scottish Government’s Community Food Fund, as well as working in partnership with new local charity, the Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective.

As part of the Scottish Government funded three-year Think Local Project, the Community Food Fund supports projects and events around Scotland that encourage people to appreciate and access local produce.

The funding received will support Tarland Food and Music Festival logistics, including the opportunity to hire a demonstration kitchen and host arts collective the ‘Rhynie Woman’ as they create the ‘Tarland Pizza’ using foraged ingredients.

The Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective is a new community initiative that aims to develop a revival of traditional dancing and music, with support from the Crerar Hotels Trust.

The ‘Ceilidh Collective’ plan to host a ‘feis’ and ceilidh weekend within six communities across Deeside and Donside, including workshops led by world-renowned musicians Jonny Hardie and Paul Anderson, plus a host of guest tutors.

The feis and ceilidh in Tarland are planned to coincide with the Food and Music Festival, from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September, 2016.

More information about the event is available at www.tarland.org.uk.