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Huge crowds turn out for ninth annual Elgin Food and Drink Festival

Evie Stewart, five, from Elgin, picks her favourite cake at Elgin Food and Drink Festival 2019
Evie Stewart, five, from Elgin, picks her favourite cake at Elgin Food and Drink Festival 2019

Food and drink enthusiasts turned out in droves this weekend for Elgin’s ninth annual celebration of local produce.

Organised by the town’s business improvement district, the Elgin Food and Drink Festival drew in huge crowds from across the region on Saturday.

And for the first time it ran across two venues, with stalls spread between St Giles Church and the nearby Elgin Town Hall.

Visitors got to try a wide range of locally-sourced foods and sweet treats, while a huge range of small crafts and jewellery businesses also set up stalls.

Elgin Food and Drink Festival 2019

Guests were treated to live music with buskers and a pipe band, and a series of cooking demonstrations were hosted by companies including Ben Nevis Distillery, Our House of Spice and Slimming World.

There was also a special zone for youngsters with outdoor attractions including sand art and magic.

Deborah McCarthy from chocolatier Keltic Kitchen said her sweets, which she makes at home in Muir of Ord, “went down a storm” with those perusing the stalls.

She said: “It was a really good day and really busy.

“People are very interested in food and drink, especially if it’s local.

“They’re very happy with that, and events like this mean they can try the food and speak to the people that make it.

“We get people asking us questions and trying things, which is great.

“Elgin is probably the furthest east we’ve been, and the festival lets us meet an awful lot of new people, and make new customers and connections.”

Meanwhile Danielle Smith, from Aberdeen-based Sweet Toots Cakery, hailed the event as “everything you would want a day to be” – with all of her bakes sold out within just a few hours.

She said: “There were no quiet spells, there was a steady flow of people all day.

“It was really well organised.

“We were lucky with the weather too, as people won’t want to come out if it’s miserable.”

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