Tarland Food and Music Festival – Update

We previously intimated this event in an earlier post but we have just received confirmation of some of the events that will be taking place over the weekend of the festival.

You might be interested in a big extravaganza in Tarland on the last weekend in September. It will be three days of fantastic food and music with lots of events for all ages.

The ‘Tasty Tarland Tent’ will be the venue for a 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 café ‘Spider On A Bicycle’. Around the village, Festival visitors can also 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. A ‘fun fair’ of children’s activities with a food and music theme will be hosted by the Tarland Playgroup in the MacRobert Hall.

BBC broadcaster Mark Stephen will chair a panel discussion and debate featuring individuals involved with farming in Aberdeenshire, in order to answer the question ‘how can we make farming sustainable in the North East of Scotland’? A further stimulating talk will be presented by expert bee-keeper Yvonne Davidson at the Tarland Community Garden, which will be open through the ‘Scotland’s Gardens’ scheme. A farm visit has been arranged to Wark Farm, well known for its local organic meat production and on-farm butchery.

Music is a key feature of the Festival weekend, kicking off with a Hairst Supper organised by the Cromar History Group, featuring local singer Jenny Sturgeon and Old Blind Dogs star Jonny Hardie. The Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective will host traditional music workshops with a group of all-star tutors, including Paul Anderson, Shona Donaldson, Jonny Hardie, Jenny Sturgeon, Pete MacCallum and Fraser Fifield. The New Distillery Ceilidh band will get everyone dancing on Saturday evening!

Full details of the Tarland Food and Music Festival programme, including online ticket sales, can be found on the Tarland community website http://www.tarland.org.uk/food-music-day/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TarlandFoodMusicFest. You are welcome to contact the Festival organisers on 07436 369109 and tarlandfoodandmusicday@gmail.com for further information.