Thousands expected to see MasterChef celebrities as Taste of Grampian celebrates 20 years

John Torode will headline a cooking demonstration at Taste of Grampian 2019
John Torode will headline a cooking demonstration at Taste of Grampian 2019

Thousands of people are expected to flock to the north-east this weekend as a major food festival celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Taste of Grampian will return to Inverurie on Saturday with high-profile culinary names including MasterChef judge John Torode in the line-up.

More than 180 north-east and Scottish food and drink producers have been booked for what is Scotland’s largest one-day food festival.

Around 12,000 guests are anticipated to visit the Thainstone Centre throughout the day to see demonstrations from names such as Celebrity MasterChef finalist Spencer Matthews and Gary Maclean, who won the professionals show in 2016.

Taste of Grampian 2018 at Thainstone.

Elsewhere, several inspiring local chefs will showcase their skills and share expert tips.

The Kilted Chef from Eat on the Green, Ross Cochrane from The Rothesay Rooms and Kevin Dalgleish from The Chester Hotel are on the bill.

A series of masterclasses will be held by butcher John Davidson, who will cover topics including how to cut meat and cooking with a barbecue.

Several wine and gin masterclasses and a number of beer tastings are also on the agenda to round out the culinary attractions.

Taste of Grampian 2018 at Thainstone.

Entertainment will be provided by Colin Slessor, whose auctioneering skills were showcased on BBC programme The Mart – he will be battling it out with chef Sandy Greig in a cookery duel.

Professional street entertainers and live music from a local pipe band will also be on hand to provide even more excitement

An education programme has been organised for younger visitors, starting with a schools competition in the morning.

Finalists from eight north-east schools have been shortlisted and will be judged by John Torode and Gary Maclean.

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Taste of Grampian 2018 at Thainstone.

Events in an educational marquee will teach youngsters about countryside, farming and agriculture – and they will even have a chance to make their own smoothie while riding a bicycle.

Event chairman John Gregor said: “Taste of Grampian is food, drink and entertainment combined at its very best.

“A vast array of eats, treat, sights and sounds to suit all tastes and ages, makes it one of Aberdeenshire’s most popular family events.”

The event runs from 9am-5pm.