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Discover the tastiest food and drink in Angus

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Wee Cookies pick up a few cooking tips from Hayley Wilkes.

Wee Cookies pick up a few cooking tips from Hayley Wilkes. Photo courtesy of

Discover the best local produce on offer at the Taste of Angus Festival – get top tips from a range of chefs, try the delicious local delicacy, Arbroath Smokies, and buy some food and drink to take home.

The Taste of Angus Festival runs from 6 – 14 September and celebrates the area’s first-class produce with a range of activities, from tastings and competitions to cookery demonstrations.

To highlight the availability of fresh local produce, and locally-made food and drinks, at the start of the festival, A Taste of Angus will be at Dundee Flower & Food Festival from 6 – 8 September.

Arbroath Smokies

Arbroath Smokies

As well as tastings of local delicacies such as Arbroath Smokies and Forfar Bridies at the Taste of Angus stand, on Sunday 8 September, Angus Farmers’ Market’s resident chef Hayley Wilkes will use some of the finest Angus ingredients during her cookery demonstration in the chef’s theatre.

On the morning of Saturday 7 September, shoppers will be able to enjoy a Taste of Angus at Angus Farmers’ Market on Montrose High Street. Top local chef George Marshall will reveal a few of his culinary secrets, as well as demonstrating how to cook a delicious meal using local produce.

Taste of Angus will also be at a special Angus Farmers’ Market at Forfar Mart on Saturday 14 September. From 9am until 1pm, an even-bigger-than-usual Angus Farmers’ Market will celebrate the flavours and foods of Angus, with over 30 stalls showcasing local produce, fun food-related activities for children, including a Wee Cookies children’s cookery lesson, and lots of free tasting opportunities. Watch the Taste of Angus video below to find out more on the Angus Farmers’ Markets.

There will also be a full programme of cookery demonstrations, starting with a very apt early morning demo of porridge making by Sandy Gray of Aberfeldy Oatmeal (made in Arbroath), followed by current Angus Young Chef of the Year, Sam Chalmers, who will create a three course meal featuring local pork, vegetables and berries.

To finish, chefs Hayley Wilkes and George Marshall will go wooden spoon to wooden spoon to discover who can make the tastiest meal from a basket of local produce bought at the market.

“Working hard, and assisted by Radio Tay DJs John Milne and Stuart Webster, we’ll create dishes using awesome ingredients from the market” said Hayley.

“All the audience has to do is sit back, enjoy the show and vote at the end for their favourite dish.”

Throughout the Taste of Angus Festival, many local restaurants, hotels, bistros and cafés are highlighting the flavours of Angus with specially-devised menus featuring tasty seasonal dishes. Look out for the Park Hotel’s Angus breakfast, which features locally-produced bacon, sausage, black pudding, haggis, clootie dumpling and Arbroath Smokies; The Retreat in Glen Esk’s venison and lamb from the Angus Glens; and award-winning jams made using local fruit at Peel Farm, near Kirriemuir.

To find out more about the Taste of Angus Festival 2013 and the Taste of Angus Campaign, visit, find them on Facebook at or follow on Twitter.

You can also find out more on food and drink in Angus.


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