The Juicy Details - all you need to know about the events

Farmers Market

The Huntly Hairst Farmers Market takes place in Huntly Square on Saturday 7th September  9.00 am to 4.00 pm.


Up to 60 stalls in Huntly's Market Square showcasing a wide range of food, drink and street food from North-East Scotland - from Highland beef and wild venison to handmade pasta and locally produced gin. Includes bouncy castle and face-painting as well as local community fundraising stalls.


All events take place on Saturday unless stated otherwise.



Any queries about market stalls can be directed to Laura McNeil

Tel 07970706064


Street Food

Other Market Stalls

Fundraising Stalls

Other Events

Ethical Gift Shop

Events at the Hairst

From 8 am onwards the Ethical Gift Shop will offer

Coffee & Tea

just down the road from the Square.


Ethical Gift Shop

9 Duke Street
AB54 8DL
01466 799059

Saturday 1 September


Plant Drawing Workshops with Rachel Bride Ashton

£10 for a half-hour class

Price includes all materials


Workshop times:


10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, – booking required

Events leading up to the Hairst

Monday 27  – Friday 31 August

5-Day Hairst Mini Pottery Course  with Katie Rose Johnston     £70  (all materials included)

2 - 3.30 PM every day – booking required (age 10+)
Hand build and paint a small pottery item every afternoon with Katie Rose Johnston
Price includes firing and glazing of all 5 items.
Items will be fired and glazed and will be made available by appointment (this process can take up to 2 weeks).

Friday 31 Aug – Saturday 1 September

“Pinch-a-Spoon” or “Pinch-a-Pot” Pottery Workshops with Katie Rose Johnston
£10 for a half-hour workshop in which you can make your very own pottery spoon or pot
Price includes all materials, firing and glazing.Items will be fired and glazed and will be made available by appointment (this process can take up to 2 weeks)

Workshop times: 10am,   11am,   12noon,    1pm,    2pm,    3pm.

Booking required (age 10+)

Children's Tea Party

Free Event for Children of all ages but please book in advance as spaces are limited and to avoid disappointment.

Dress up as your favourite super hero or villain character and enjoy a very special Tea Party at the Stewarts Hall from 2pm to 4 pm.

Hairst Talks at the Brander Library

10.45am - 11.15am - Cally Smith from Huntly Swift Group on swifts and their habitats. "Come along and learn about the Common Swift, Huntly's very special but endangered summer visitors! A powerpoint presentation will explain how these birds depend on us and why we need to do all we can to reverse their rapid decline."


11.30am - 12 noon - 'Little Buddha' Debbie Thornton of Little Buddha Beauty & Bakes on raw and 'free from' baking:

"Plant Based Food Talk and Taster Session - Health Benefits of Herbs and Plants including tasters of vegan fudge, meadow honey , cashew and chive cheese and fresh bread "


12.15pm - 12.45pm - 'Aliens Along our Rivers': Al Reeve from Scottish Invasive Species Initiative talks about riverside wildlife and invasive species.


1.00pm - 1.30pm - Aurora Natural Wellness - Suzanne Christie talks on how to empower you to take control of your health and well being using natural solutions.


Free entry at the Brander Library meeting room, Huntly Square

The Gordon Arms Hotel

Bairns' Event


Something for the bairns at the Gordon Arms Hotel

From 11.00 am to 1.00 pm children have the opprtunity to meet Captain America and Merida, watch a balloon make and get a face paint. The event is free but a small donations towards the SAMH charity would be greatly appreciated.



Beer Festival and Barn Dance


For the adults there will be a Beer Festival to enjoy with many lovely Craft Beers to sample.


The evening will conclude with a Barn Dance and mix of music by the band Crystal Clear starting 9.30 pm and finishing at 12.30 am.

There will be no entry fee but donations for the SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) charity will be gratefully accepted.

Wild Food Stories Foraging Walk



3pm - 6pm


A guided foraging walk in and around Huntly.


£20 each, booking essential - book here:

Sunday Farm Tours, 2 September

There will be 2 Farm Tours on Farms in the Huntly area.


2pm till 4.30pm

 Tap o’ Noth Farm Permaculture tour on a small Community Supported Agriculture market farm near Rhynie. You will be lead around the expanding permaculture food gardens and animal systems, gaining an insight into how they work with nature to design and operate an ecologically designed smallholding in the north east of Scotland. The tour is free but booking is essential as numbers are limited, please email to book a place.  Tap o' Noth Farm


10am -12.00 noon

A tour of Coldwells Organic Farm  including Megan's Veg, a veg box business , Largie, near Insch. Coldwells is a 200 acre organic family-run mixed farm with a herd of 30 Aberdeen Angus suckler cows and 75 Shetland X Cheviot sheep. The tour is free but booking is essential as numbers are limited, please email


Tin Hut Supper

The Tin Hut

Gartly Hall
Tillathrowie Road End
AB54 4SB

Almost sold out. We have still some spaces available. Booking essential.

Tel: 07742595405
Please get in touch if you would like to be put on the waiting list in case of cancellations


Deveron Projects

DIY Culture: A Fermentation Workshop with Eleanor Brown

10am - 12pm, 8 Castle St. Free to attend.

Eleanor will share her fermentation wisdom with us, teaching us all about how to get started experimenting with our own ferments. Make your own sauerkraut to take away.

Beyond Local: Alternative Food Economies in a Global Market Economy


2 - 4pm, Deveron Projects stall, The Square

With anthropologist Christina Grasseni and others.

Join us for a discussion exploring local food economies: Why is there currently such a drive to get communities to grow more of their own food and to shop locally, why is this seen as such a good thing?


The Town is the Garden team at 8 Castle Street  will be leading a programme of discussions, pop up stalls and activities throughout the day. For more details go to Deveron Projects' Website


Hairst Potlatch Supper 
6 - 8pm, Pensioners' Hall, Church street, Huntly
From local to global and back again: our multicultural dinner event explores the intricate global web of food production, trade, and how our actions inform not only the evolution of our home food culture but that of distant ethnographies.


Our supper takes its title from the Pacific Northwest Native American tradition of the Potlatch*, which often looks beyond the hosts’ immediate community, bringing together representatives of neighbouring tribes to share wealth, food and discussion, maintaining stability and equilibrium in an uncertain world.

As part of Huntly Hairst, Deveron Projects have invited representatives from across the spectrum of global farming, growing, food production and food culture to talk about the politics of food. What effects do our food fashions have on the growers and economies supplying our couscous, coffee, or beef? How does this relate to our local agriculture and the price of fish? Food miles, availability/sustainability, and seasonal limitations: what informs your choices as a chef or home cook?


£5 per person, booking essential


Crafts Fair

Find plenty of hand crafted treasures at our Crafts Fair. Watch this space for more details. If you want to get in touch with the organisers, please email

The Huntly Town Team

The Huntly Town Team is open up the Huntly Hotel from 10 am – 4pm to discuss the future usage of the Huntly Hotel. Anyone is welcome. If you have some ideas or the need for a space in the town centre the Huntly Town Team would like to hear about it.


Room to Thrive Draft Strategy

Parts of the vacant Huntly Hotel on the Square will be open between 10am and 4pm showcasing the draft Room to Thrive strategy which is a culmination of the How's Huntly exercise, Ideas Bank submissions, and hundreds of conversations that have taken place since March. It will include an action plan of projects to be taken forward to address the five key priorities for Huntly; Town Centre, Things to Do, Jobs & Business, Transport and Schools. People will have the chance to meet members of the project team to ask questions, input to the strategy and discuss any possibilities of helping deliver parts of the plan once it has been finalised.


FREE Guided Tours

Tours of the (currently vacant) Huntly Hotel and Heritage Tours of the Town Centre will be on offer during the Hairst. Timings TBC at and at the Huntly Hotel on the day.