Event Details, 2017

See below for a list of events for this year's festival.

Thursday 31st August

Tin Hut Session - Open music session on a Food and Farming theme at 'The Tin Hut' our local music venue ( www.tinhutsessions.co.uk). Musicians, singers and audience welcome. Free entry. Bring your own refreshments.


Farmers Market

Huntly's Market Square is the venue for the biggest farmers market ( www.huntlyfarmersmarket.co.uk) of the year - 50+ stalls selling local food & drink, including streetfood. Additional Craft Stalls to be found in the front room of the Stewart's Hall.

The farmers market this year includes:

  • Music Local musicians are invited to busk in aid of their chosen good cause.
  • Facepainting by Huntly Writers Group
  • Streetfood
  • Tea & Coffee 

Food Demonstrations

Chef Lesley Gillespie from The Chard and Slow Food Chef Alliance will demonstrate dishes throughout the day . The theme this year will focus on how to prepare and cook Game Birds and will also feature guest producers using their seasonal produce from the market. 10:30 to 14:00

World Stovies Championship

Hotly contested competition to make this traditional Aberdeenshire beef & potato dish. This year's celebrity judge will be announced shortly..

  Rules of the competition, Health & safety Guidelines and an entry form are on this website

Shortbread Competition

Another competition at the Stewarts Hall. Enter your best home-made shortbread. Judging by Deans with donated prizes. Entries by 14.00pm, results at 16.30pm. Entry form  and Rules of the competition on this website

Children's Entertainment - Face-painting, quizzes, candyfloss.

The Harry Potter Hogwarts Feast Children’s Tea Party And Magic Show

As part of the Huntly Hairst Food and Farming Festival, there is a Children’s Fancy Dress Tea Party in the Stewart’s Hall, Huntly, from 14.00 to 16.00 with a Magic Show from Allans Magic at 15.00. In the main hall, 14.00-16.00

5km & 10km kids Fun Runs. Organised by Networks of Wellbeing. Start in Castle Street and finish in the Square. 

Slow Food at the Farmers' Market : Information, chat, children's activities and food tastings will be available featuring traditional ingredients from the Ark of Taste catalogue.

Talk/Book Launch 'Is Your ( Great) Granny’s Recipe Here?' Brander Library, 11.30.

'Strathbogie, the Gordons and the Land o’Cakes’: the story of The Huntly Cookery Book (1913) By Janet Starkey. Colour illustrations by Clare Bois.

An exploration of our long culinary history through the prism of a booklet of surprisingly cosmopolitan recipes, produced to raise funds for the Huntly Town Band just before War broke out. It embraces notions of hospitality, hamewith and identity; hierarchies of landed gentry, the kirk, tenant farmers, community and kinship.

Dr Janet Starkey, who lives in the Scottish Borders, lectures on the Middle East and has published many books and articles on the region. Her latest book, The Scottish Enlightenment Abroad: the Russells of Braidshaw in Aleppo and the Coromandel is currently in press with Brill in Leiden. With family roots in Aberdeenshire and Banffshire that can be traced at least back to the 1690s and continue to the present, she returns to explore her family heritage through the publication of Strathbogie, the Gordons and the ‘Land o’Cakes’: the story of The Huntly Cookery Book (1913) in 2017.

Clare Blois, a member of Janet’s extended family and a great cook, is an award-winning Scottish oil painter. The powerful island seascapes and skies of the highlands are enduring themes in her oil paintings, as are the gentler farm landscapes of the north. Clare exhibits in many well-established galleries in Scotland and elsewhere. http://www.clareblois.co.uk/

Poetry Competition, Brian Nisbet Poetry Award 2017. To celebrate the life of the Huntly Writers poet, Brian Nisbet, the 2017 Huntly Hairst will hold the Brian Nisbet Poetry Award for the second year.


  • Poems should be between 2 and 40 lines long and with the theme, “Magic”

  • There are three age categories – up to and including 11: age 12 to 16, and 16 and over

  • Entries must be submitted, with name, age category, and contact information attached separately, to Orbs Community Bookshop, Deveron Street, Huntly or by e-mail to Lynncrutter@aol.com by mid-day on the 24th August

  • Only one entry is allowed per person

Prizes will be awarded at the Huntly Hairst on Saturday 2nd September in the Stewarts Hall at 16.00

Deveron Projects events.

14.00: The Future Hairst: a discussion on building resilient food systems and economies. Brander Building

19.00: Pit fire feast (location tba)


Harvest Festival Service. To be held at Christ Church, Huntly. 10:30am.

Greenmyres Community Turbine Opening Ceremony. A range of activities will be on offer during the event, including guided tours of the community farm, information stalls from some of our partners, supporters and local organisations, and music and dance from local groups. A shuttle bus service will be available from Huntly Town Centre. 12.00-16.00, with the opening ceremony itself held at 14.00.

Outside events

Tesco dog show. Entries from 10.00 and judging from 11.00 and also charity stalls and a car boot. Its in aid of charity. They are holding it on Market Muir, there will be parking areas on the grass (weather permitting)

Concert at the Stewarts Hall : The Rollin Drones , pipes meet rock, 19.00 – 23.00. Tickets £12.50 from Huntly Live Events facebook page

Tap O Noth Permaculture tour Tour of Tap o' Noth Farm's market garden. 11.00, Tap o' Noth Farm, Rhynie. Free admission. Duration - 1 hour.

Join James Reid of Tap o' Noth Farm, Rhynie, for a 1 hour guided tour of the farm's market garden. A chance to learn about the methods used to grow vegetables without any chemicals, the tools used and to hear about the community supported veg box business. Bring good footwear and rain proof clothing.

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