Tarland overcomes Coronavirus lockdown with busy online festival of local food and music

The Tarland Food and Music Festival is now in its seventh year, celebrating quality local food and Tarland’s thriving music scene.

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 6:38 am

A full weekend programme will be available to watch online via Facebook.

This year the festival will run from Friday, September 25, to Sunday, September 27, and will include a range of exciting music and food events at venues throughout Tarland, all to be broadcast via the Tarland Food and Music Festival’s Facebook page.

Everyone will be able to enjoy the festival celebrations from the safety of their home, bringing light and laughter during a tumultuous year. Events are free to join, with support welcome through online donation and the purchase of raffle tickets.

A full programme will run from 7pm on the Friday evening including an introduction to the whole event from festival coordinator and local singer, Shona Donaldson. Viewers can enjoy a short music video kindly donated by previous festival performer, Iona Fyfe.

There will also be the inaugural Food and Music Pub Quiz, hosted by Sean Ritchie – time to get up-to-date on the latest pop charts! Youngsters are invited to share photos of their best food and music-themed fancy-dress, with prizes for different age categories.

Saturday’s programme will include the popular Tarland Local Market – this time run virtually with local produce available to buy online accompanied by information about the different local producers.

There will be the chance to learn about Tarland Bee Group with local bee-keeping expert, Yvonne Davidson, and to take a musical walk around the Howe of Cromar with fiddling-sensation, Paul Anderson.

Pick up new skills with workshops hosted by Thistle and Clay of Aboyne, and foraging expert, Natasha Lloyd. Enjoy a virtual visit to Tarland Community Garden, including story-telling by Pauline Cordiner.

Saturday afternoon will also include the annual farming discussion, which will consider ‘Sustainable farming post-Covid: the views of young Tarland farmers’.

This live discussion will be chaired by Eddie Gillanders, the editor of Farm North East, and will feature a dynamic young panel including market gardener Megan Albon, agronomist Gavin Robertson, and agricultural scientist, Dr Jenna Ross.

Viewers can ask questions to the panel and engage in this informative discussion.

Previous festival-goers have enjoyed fantastic folk music, and this year’s online experience will be no different.

Viewers can play along at home with a folk music session recorded in the Aberdeen Arms.

The headline concert on Saturday, September 26, recorded during self-isolation, will be from famous local fiddler Paul Anderson, accompanied by the prolific multi-instrumentalist, Brian McAlpine. Jazz guitarist Steve Garrett from Aboyne, will provide a special opening set.

This exciting evening’s entertainment will also include a fantastic raffle – tickets are on sale now from Tarland Premier Stores and online

The virtual programme for Sunday, September 27, includes a Scots Service hosted by Rev Frank Ribbons and a walk through Tarland’s history, hosted by the Cromar History Group.

Aspiring fiddlers can learn new tunes and tips by joining a fiddle workshop with Paul Anderson, and home-bakers can learn secrets of the best farmhouse baking from Shirley Foulkes.

Recipe cards will also be available to download during the weekend featuring popular recipes from local restaurants and hotels.

Sunday afternoon’s programme includes two special live events.

The final ‘Chair Art’ auction will be held live via Facebook in aid of Books Abroad and The Forget Me Not Club. The range of beautiful and quirky chairs can be viewed via NEOS and bids accepted up until the hammer drops during the online auction!

Tarland is also making an international connection with the town of Stanardsville in Virginia, to share information about their different landscapes and communities. Join this live international discussion with representatives of Stanardsville and Tarland and share your thoughts!

Stay online for the final showdown of the virtual Tarland Food and Music Festival with a special community performance of Tarland poem: ‘When Tykes Were Bold’. Don’t miss this packed online programme!

Full details of the Festival are available the website or via Facebook.