After a week of well-attended food and drinks events across Angus, the Taste of Angus Festival 2017 reached a mouthwatering finale at The Food Life’s Spring Market and Moveable Feast on Sunday, March 26.
Over 4,000 people from all over Angus and further afield made their way to Strathmore Hall in Forfar, where there were stalls selling everything from spirits to Arbroath Smokies, incredibly cute baby farm animals, story-tellers, face-painters and a gastronomic treat of street food stalls.
Over 40 local food and drink producers showcased their wares at the foodie extravaganza, including Ogilvy Spirits, who make award-winning vodka using potatoes grown in the fields around Glamis. “So many people who visited our stall mentioned how impressed they were by the choice and quality of food and drink on offer,” said Caroline Bruce-Jarron of Ogilvy Vodka, which also held distillery tours during the Taste of Angus Festival.
“Events like this market, and the Taste of Angus Festival, highlight just how much Angus has to offer and also enable us to showcase our vodka and ready-to-pour cocktail mixes.”
Sharon Teviotdale from Arbroath Quality Fish was another of the stall holders at the Spring Market. “Taking part in the Taste of Angus Festival was great publicity for us and also helped to boost our social media profile,” said Sharon, who revealed that they had a busy day at the Spring Market, with a steady stream of customers buying fresh fish, shellfish and locally-produced seafood delicacies, while samples of Arbroath Smokies and hot smoked salmon proved very popular.
“Arbroath Smokies always go down well and we were delighted by the response to our hot smoked salmon,” continued Sharon. “This was a great chance for people to discover the taste and excellent value of hot smoked salmon.”
As the Spring Market drew to a close, Hilary Tasker of Taste of Angus revealed that the day – and the week-long Taste of Angus Festival 2017 – had been a great success. “The Spring Market was the best possible way to finish this year’s Taste of Angus Festival,” said Hilary.
“Over the last seven days, people from Angus and beyond have discovered just how good local food and drink can be. Angus has some of the best food and drink producers in Scotland, who are not afraid to embrace the old traditions or introduce new innovations. When this ethos is combined with the pick of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, the Taste of Angus truly becomes something to celebrate and that’s what this festival is all about!”
For more information about the Taste of Angus, visit www.visitangus.com.
Credit: Photo by Jillian McEwan for The Food Life