‘Taste of Angus’ set to launch

THE FIRST Taste of Angus Festival will be launched in Dundee tomorrow (Saturday) by Angus councillors Mairi Evans and Sheila Hands.

“The Taste of Angus Festival, which runs until September 8, is about letting as many people as possible know that Angus has some of the best fresh produce in Scotland,” said Councillor Evans, the council’s economic development spokesperson.

“Where better to launch our week-long Taste of Angus Festival than at an event which attracts thousands of food lovers every year?”

The launch will take place at 12 noon at the Taste of Angus Stand at Dundee Flower and Food Festival, where festival-goers will be treated to samples of delicious Angus produce, including Arbroath Smokies, Forfar Bridies, locally-produced jams and preserves, soft fruits from the Angus fields and refreshing fruit drinks made from local berries.

Tastings of Angus produce will be available at the Taste of Angus stand from today (Friday) until Sunday at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival, as will recipe cards and copies of The Angus Larder, which reveals the best places to buy local produce, food and drink. A cookery demonstration will be presented by top local chef George Marshall of the Pear Tree Restaurant, Auchterhouse.

At 4 p.m. on Sunday, George will be demonstrating a mouth-watering recipe featuring local lamb and blackberries and a wee nip of Glencadam, the whisky distilled in Brechin.

“When I moved to Angus almost 15 years ago, I quickly realised just how good this county’s fresh, seasonal produce can be,” said George, who has cooked for high profile clients across Scotland. “Since then, I’ve made a point of using local ingredients in my dishes whenever possible.”