Celebrity TV chef to headline Taste of Grampian food and drink festival

Celebrity chef James Martin.

Celebrity chef James Martin has been confirmed as the headliner for this year’s Taste of Grampian food and drink festival.

The former host of the popular Saturday Kitchen television programme will show off his culinary skills to visitors at the event, which takes place on Saturday, June 3, at the Thainstone Centre in Inverurie.

Mr Martin, who previously attended the award-winning festival in 2001, said: “It’s been a busy 16 years since I was last at Taste of Grampian and I’m really looking forward to heading back to an area so well known for its fantastic produce.

“I’ll be showcasing what I do best with a host of new recipes using fresh, local Grampian ingredients which I think the audience will love.”

The 2017 event was launched at an Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce business lunch in the Pittodrie House Hotel.

John Gregor, the Taste of Grampian chairman, unveiled plans to extend this year’s event to include an evening music festival featuring a display of street food, craft beers and spirits and local entertainment.

He also confirmed that the Specially Selected Pork brand would once more act as the headline sponsor.

The brand is seen on meat from Scottish pig farms that adhere to Scottish SPCA-supported quality assurance schemes. It is run by Scots red meat promotion body Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Mr Gregor said the event would once again have more than 180 stand holders including regional food producers, arts and crafts companies, beer and wine firms and local hotels and restaurants.

There will be several indoor and outdoor cookery demonstrations, the popular Press and Journal/Evening Express Motor Show and a host of live music and entertainment.

Mr Gregor said: “This is the biggest one-day food festival in Scotland. It is a huge event to put together.

“We look forward to welcoming the crowds to one of the best events in the North-east calendar.”

Now in its 18th year, Taste of Grampian is organised by ANM Group, Aberdeenshire Council, Opportunity North East, the Evening Express and the Press and Journal.

More information is available online at www.tasteofgrampian.co.uk