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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Purple for Polio
The Wee Patisserie
From 8 am onwards the Ethical Gift Shop will offer
Coffee & Tea
just down the road from the Square.
Ethical Gift Shop
Saturday 1 September
Plant Drawing Workshops with Rachel Bride Ashton
£10 for a half-hour class
Price includes all materials
10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, – booking required
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+)
Free Event for Children of all ages but please book in advance as spaces are limited and to avoid disappointment.
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
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.
3pm - 6pm
A guided foraging walk in and around Huntly.
£20 each, booking essential - book here:
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tin Hut
Tillathrowie Road End
Almost sold out. We have still some spaces available. Booking essential.
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?
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
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 www.facebook.com/huntlythrive and at the Huntly Hotel on the day.