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Taste of Grampian set to attract thousands of people

Taste of Grampian [Pic: Aberdeenshire Council]
Image caption Thousands of people attend Taste of Grampian annually

Food, drink and craft stands are set to attract thousands of people to this year's Taste of Grampian event in Aberdeenshire.

The annual showcase for products from the north east of Scotland takes places at Inverurie's Thainstone Centre on Saturday.

Cookery demonstrations using local ingredients are expected to be among the main draws.

Taste of Grampian is now in its 11th year.

Image caption Chef James Tanner will be demonstrating cooking skills

Foods being showcased range from meats, cheese, seafood and ice-cream, to local whisky and beer.

Chefs James Tanner and Silvena Rowe, from the BBC's Saturday Kitchen, will be among those demonstrating their skills.

Pupils from six north east primary schools will also be involved after winning through to the finals of a food contest.

The youngsters have been selected from dozens who were challenged to create a healthy packed lunch for £2 or less.

The schools represented are from Foveran, Daviot, Fishermoss at Portlethen, Ferryhill in Aberdeen, Midmar and Rothienorman.

There will also be music and children's entertainment, as well as a wide range of local craft stalls.

Image caption The Taste of Grampian craft marquee will include local fashion items

One of the organisers, Brian Pack, said the showcase was not to be missed and that the diverse range of produce would "tantalise" the audience.

More than 14,000 people attended last year.

The organisers hope the weather will remain good to help keep the visitor figures strong.

Full details of Taste of Grampian are available at http://www.tasteofgrampian.co.uk

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