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A Lookback at Taste of Grampian - 2024


Taste of Grampian is the annual showcase of food and drink from the fantastic and innovative businesses around the Northeast. Held at P&J Live, the day is chock full of cooking demonstrations with celebrity and local chefs, live music, a kid’s zone, and food and drink samples galore. Businesses come from far and wide across the region to showcase their wares, including fine business such as The Damn Fine Cheese Co., Kilted Fudge, Mad Batter, Succulento, and many more.



 

If you attended this year, you may have seen Granite City Good Food hanging out at the CFINE stall at E55!  From our stall, we were excited to raise awareness of CFINE and Granite City Good Food, sharing lots of exciting projects with attendees including the ‘vegaroonitoon’ online shop!  From the online shop you can easily buy fruit and veg, knowing you’re supporting local producers,  and all profits from which go straight back into CFINE’s charitable activity. We even got to speak to Nadia Hussain about it!!


In addition, excitingly for Granite City Good Food, we also launched our Sustainable Food Places Gold Campaign! If you didn’t hear about the launch and want to find out more, make sure to check out our blog article explaining all about the award, which you can find here: https://www.granitecitygoodfood.org/post/turn-the-granite-city-gold-supporting-and-recognising-sustainable-food-in-aberdeen-city, and help us Turn the Granite City Gold!



 

Taste of Grampian was packed full of cooking demos and activities for adults and kids throughout the day. Celebrity chefs Si King, Nadia Hussain, and Poppy O’Toole made special appearances with Q&A’s, demos, book signings and meeting attendees. There was also space to shine for local talent with award winning chefs such as Graeme Sutherland of Sutherland’s Pastry Academy & Coffee Shop, Graeme Mitchell from Tarragon, Ross Cochrane of Mara, and Kevin Dalgleish of Amuse by Kevin Dalgleish. Each had demos on the main stage, along with Poppy O’Toole, to showcase their skills as chefs. For a little extra money, you could also go to the celebrity chefs Si King and Nadia Hussain demonstrations.

 

 

The Hairy Biker – watched by Laura, here’s what she said:

‘Si’s demo was everything promised, entertaining and informative. A clearly charismatic personality, it is clear to see why the Hairy Bikers are beloved the country over. From speaking on the worst thing he’s ever ate (it’s goat penis by the way) to why quality ingredients make the meal, Si King showed he is still a man with a mission to get the nation cooking.’



Nadia Hussain – watched by Martin, here’s what he said:

‘It’s always exciting seeing the very best of the best sharing their expertise, and Nadia Hussein’s Demo was nothing short of that! Nadia’s approach to the cooking demonstration emphasised the benefits of taking simple skills and making delicious food from it- including a “Samosa plate pie” and the most delicious and decadent looking ice-cream bar made from little more than cream, condensed milk, digestives, and fruit!

The message was clear- food is inspiring, but it does not need to be difficult! By using what you have and playing around with the flavours you enjoy, you can create some real masterpieces!’

 

 

Taste of Grampian is always a fun filled, and jam-packed day, full of smiles and full bellies. Events such as these helps highlight independent businesses and showcase the enterprise coming out of the Northeast and Grampian, not to mention it's so much fun! Even though we only just finished with Taste of Grampian for this year, we can’t wait to find out what Taste of Grampian has in store for 2025.


Did you attend this year? What was your favourite part of the day? Let us know in the comments and share your experience!



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