Everything you need to know about Dundee Food Festival this weekend

The inaugural Dundee Food Festival is just around the corner and with more than 55 fringe events organised this weekend, there’s plenty for everyone to get stuck into.


Taking place from 10am on Saturday July 6 until 7pm and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday July 7, there will be a whole host of free activities, as well as paid events, to enjoy at a multitude of locations across Dundee city centre.


The main festival hub is located at City Square in the town centre with other activities taking place at Slessor Gardens Picnic Zone, Discovery Point, V&A Dundee, the Waterfront, the Keiller Centre, DCA and many more. A variety of local businesses will also play host to varying events.


The family-friendly festival, which encourages attendees to eat, drink, play and think, has been organised by Dundee City Council to support the food, drink and hospitality sector while highlighting the city’s strong cultural scene.


Dundee Food Festival has been organised in collaboration with local partners including the Eden Project, V&A Dundee, James Hutton Institute and Eat and Drink Dundee, all of whom are involved in the many events taking place.


The purpose of Dundee’s festival of the summer is to showcase the city’s local food and drink scene through a wide range of events, talks and activities.


Some free things to do include children’s entertainment, characters on stilts and live music, and festivalgoers can also enjoy street food and producer markets plus demonstrations.


Tickets for the paid-for events such as Gillian Veal’s Tatha takeover at V&A Dundee, wreath-making workshops with Annie’s Garden, Rock the Dock and Party at the Point event at Discovery Point, Dean Banks’ Q&A at Temple Lane and Bad Girl Bakery’s workshop can be purchased online at dundeefoodfestival.com.


Tayport Distillery, Dough Dough Pizza Co, Jannettas Gelateria, Casa Di Gelato, Fig and Fromage Delicatessen are just some of the 45-plus businesses taking part.


Kieran McGuire, account manager at Dundee’s 71 Brewing, wanted to support the community event that hopes to bring people from all over the region into the city centre.


He said: “We are thrilled to be a part of Dundee Food Festival this weekend. As Dundee's first and foremost brewery, our involvement highlights our commitment to elevating the city in both the food and drink space.


“The event is a fantastic opportunity for us to share our beers with the local community and engage with fellow local producers. Plus experience the diverse culinary offerings the Dundee and surrounding areas offer.

“We look forward to connecting with attendees, receiving their feedback, and being inspired by the creativity and innovation that defines Dundee's vibrant food and drink scene."

The Maker, 71 Brewing’s bar and restaurant, will offer 10% off customers’ bills when they quote Dundee Food Fest when booking.


Community groups, such as the Maxwell Centre and Campy Growers, are also involved and there will be plenty of opportunities to eat, drink, play and think as individuals take time to explore the City of Discovery’s delights.


With a focus on sustainability during the festival, those attending are being invited to travel by public transport, be that by train or bus, carpooling, or biking or walking to the events. Festival partners sustainability pledges can also be viewed on their event pages on the website.


City Council Fair Work, Economic Growth and Infrastructure convener Councillor Steven Rome, said: “It is so exciting to see that the Dundee Food Festival is finally here for its first year. Featuring a variety of local food and drink stations, live entertainment, lectures, experiences, food tastings and games for children, there should be something for everyone to enjoy over a weekend of fun. " 


City Council Climate, Environment & Biodiversity Committee Convener Heather Anderson, added: “We are placing a strong emphasis on sustainability and the local reaction has been extremely heartening.” 


Information about the events taking place this weekend can be found on dundeefoodfestival.com

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