Event Details, 2016

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

Thursday 25th 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.

Friday 2nd September

Gordon Schools Cooking Competition. Open to pupils, contact Mrs MacDonald for information. The theme is Scottish seasonal foods and the chosen dish must contain mince, onion and carrot plus whatever else they think appropriate. The ingredients will be provided by the school on production of a food order prior to the event. The participants are required to cook a main course in 1 hour, demonstrating as many cookery skills as possible.


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 Huntly's champion Haggis maker - Scott the Butcher. Additional Food 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
  • TechFest workshop
  • Tea & Coffee 

Food Demonstrations

  • 10:30 Diane Ingram - Making Oatcakes - Demonstration
  • 11:30 Steve Wright, Mortlach Game Butchery, and Lesley Gillespie Chef - Demonstration
  • 12:30 Robert Donald, Chef and Volunteer at CFINE (Part of Food Bank Partnership Aberdeen)- Demonstration
  • 13:30 Mark Reynolds, Piggery-Smokery Producer of Fine Smoked Bacon, and Lesley Gillespie, Chef - Demonstration

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 Fairy Cake competition.

Following our MidSummer Night's Dream' theme, children are asked to enter their best fairy cakes for this competition. Entries by 10:30am, results at 16:30pm.

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

TechFest logoTechFest science workshop based around food and farming.

5km & 10km Fun Run. Organised by Networks of Wellbeing. Start in Castle Street and finish in the Square. Juniors start at 10:00am, main 5km run starts at 11:00am. Presentations at 12:00.

Bee keeping talks.  'The Amazing Honeybee' -  talk by Tony Harris of Moray Beekeepers Association, in the meeting room, Brander Library at 11.15 and at 1.45pm.

Breadmaking talk. Brander Library meeting room at 12.30.


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

Outside events

Saturday 1st October

Tin Hut Supper.  'Hunted and Gathered' - a 6 course meal including a welcome drink showcasing seasonal ingredients from Scotland's Natural Larder. Chef - Lesley Gillespie
£37.50 per person. Booking essential. Contact emmaplumptonh@hotmail.com/07742 595405. 7:00 for 7:30pm.

  • Sip n Sup
  • Duck, Buck, Goose
  • Sea and Sour
  • Refresher
  • Hare and Share
  • Bee and B
  • Choc and Cheese
Enter competitions here

Beer Festival

Unfortunately there will be no Beer Festival for 2016 due to unforseen circumstances.

Room to Run event

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Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight

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2014 Book Festival

Come and see local authors and poets.

Full details on the Book Festival page.

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