Group to put Angus on the food map

Members of The Food Life group, which is promoting the high quality food and drink found in Angus. A series of pop-up events has been organised for this summer.

Members of The Food Life group, which is promoting the high quality food and drink found in Angus. A series of pop-up events has been organised for this summer.

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A group of local food producers is aiming to put Angus firmly on the gastronomic map with a collaborative effort that is already taking the county by storm.

Called ‘The Food Life’, the group’s aim is to promote the excellent food and drink found in the area and to make local produce accessible to residents and visitors alike.

Membership of the group is growing all the time but but it already includes companies such as Fresh Food Express, which delivers artisan local produce UK-wide; Artisana, a vintage Citroen H patisserie van selling speciality coffee and artisan cakes; mobile pizza oven Muckle Backit Oven which sells hand-pulled pizzas to order; Hamish’s Hogs, a mobile hog-roast with gourmet local burgers; Sacred Grounds Coffee Co.; The Gin Bothy; Fleming the Butcher, owned by the Batchelor family who also have their own high welfare pig farm; Arbroath Quality Fish, producers of dressed crabs, Arbroath Smokies and seafood cocktails and Kirrie Ales.

The group has planned a series of pop-up events across Angus, the first of which will be a street food market at East Haven beach on Sunday, July 31 from 11am– 6pm. It also plans to hold events in local restaurants and unique venues, using top local chefs, and will appear at the Taste Angus Festival at Glamis on August 20-21.

Jillian McEwan, of Fresh Food Express and group leader said the group is keen to show off the sheer variety of high quality food and drink in Angus.

She said: “We want to show people what is available in the area and let them try it out for themselves. Street food is very popular at the moment so the group felt that taking this approach would be a fun and effective way of working together to promote our products and to tell the story of Angus as a foodie destination.

“We hope that this will be the first of many events of this type right across Angus.”

Wendy Murray, lead trustee of the East Haven Together Community Group, welcomed the market which is the latest in a series of ‘foodie’ events in the village.

She added: “This is a very welcome addition to our events calendar and we look forward to welcoming many people to the village.”