Festival time at Tarland

Tarland Food and Music Festival is a popular weekend attraction
Tarland Food and Music Festival is a popular weekend attraction

A Deeside village is preparing to host a popular weekend celebration of local food and a thriving music scene.

Tarland Food and Music Festival will be held from Friday, September 23, to Sunday, September 25.

It features a busy produce market, an open community garden, cooking demonstrations, speakers, workshops, food and live music.

A new venue will be included this year - the ‘Tasty Tarland Tent’.

The tent will be the venue for lunch and a fermenting workshop by the arts collective ‘Rhynie Woman’, a sit-down dinner by Buchanan’s Bistro, as well as the debut for new Aboyne cafe Spider On A Bicycle.

The market will be held in the MacRobert Hall on the Saturday, from 10am–noon with free entry, and will feature a range of local food producers, plus teas and home-baking by Cromar Old People’s Association.

Around the village, visitors can try their hand at game preparation, courtesy of Scotland’s Natural Larder, foraging for fungi with Dr Andy Taylor, or baking the perfect loaf with Crannach Bakery.

BBC broadcaster Mark Stephen will chair a panel discussion and debate featuring individuals involved with farming in Aberdeenshire.

Music is also a key feature of the festival weekend, kicking off with a musical walk with fiddler Paul Anderson, followed by a Hairst Supper organised by Cromar History Group, and featuring local singer Jenny Sturgeon and Old Blind Dogs star Jonny Hardie.

Contact festival organisers on 07436 369109 or email tarlandfoodandmusicday@gmail.com