Sweet taste of success for food festival

Sam Chalmers, Angus Chef of Year, cooks up a three course dinner watched by members of the public at the Angus Farmers' Market.
Sam Chalmers, Angus Chef of Year, cooks up a three course dinner watched by members of the public at the Angus Farmers' Market.

A mouthwatering range of dishes and flavours has been served up during the week long popular A Taste of Angus event.

The week successfully promoted local delicacies, produce and artisan foods and dishes made from ingredients grown, reared, harvested or caught locally.

The Angus festival once again provided a mouthwatering reminder of the delicious, fresh flavours available throughout the county of Angus.

The annual festival featured a programme of popular events, with visitors to Dundee Flower & Food Festival flocking to the A Taste of Angus stall to try out Arbroath Smokies, freshly-picked berries and Forfar Bridies, as well as collecting the latest in the popular series of recipe cards featuring local ingredients. Other A Taste of Angus events included a well-attended social media seminar and eating places throughout the county adding dishes to their menus to highlight the extensive range and high quality of fresh, seasonal Angus produce.

Angus Farmers’ Markets were held at the start and finish of the festival, with the market at Forfar Mart on Saturda providing the main focus for A Taste of Angus 2013.

The day proved to be a great success, with large numbers of shoppers attending the market, which, as well as having more stalls than normal, also featured a range of food-related activities, including children’s cookery classes, cookery demonstrations and a cookery competition, which was won by Hayley Wilkes, resident chef at Angus Farmers’ Markets, and Stuart Webster of Radio Tay fame.

Hayley and Stuart cooked a dish featuring grouse from one of the stall holders at the market – an ingredient which also featured on the menu of their competitors, chef George Marshall and Radio Tay’s John Milne.

Devenick Dairy was one of the many stalls at the market which had potential customers queuing up to sample their wares. “There was a really good buzz about Angus Farmers’ Market on Saturday,” said Kenny Groat of Devenick Dairy, which is run by a farming family who have diversified into cheesemaking and butchery.

“It’s good to see people taking a break from their normal supermarket shopping and discovering the delicious taste of local, seasonal produce. Festivals such as A Taste of Angus which encourage people to eat and shop locally are a very good idea.”

Bouvrage Drinks, which are made from Angus berries, also attended Saturday’s Angus Farmers’ Market. “Angus berries are exceptionally good,” said Anne Thomson of Bouvrage Drinks, which is based near Brechin.

“My family’s been farming the fields of Angus for hundreds of years so it’s wonderful to be able to use the delicious berries grown in the local area in such a wonderful way.”