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Food and plant lovers to unite at Aden event

Seedy SundayFood and plant lovers are being encouraged to come together to celebrate the best of food, drink, craft, and horticulture from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The forthcoming “Seedy Sunday – Seed, Food & Drink Festival” is due to take place on Sunday 20th March between 11am and 4pm in Aden Country Park, Mintlaw.

The Seedy Sunday event is the first of its type for the North East of Scotland and will adopt a “seed to plate” theme aimed at people and businesses with a keen interest in food and horticulture.

A key aspect of the Seedy Sunday event includes the opportunity for likeminded people to come together to swap their surplus plants and seeds ahead of the 2016 growing season. 

With confirmed stalls including Devenick Dairy, Food for Thought, Garden Organic, Berry Scrumptious, Crannach Coffee Shop & Bakery, Feith-hill Candle Company, Kitchen of the Old Dragon, along with a range of other food, drink, craft, and gardening related stalls, Seedy Sunday is already shaping up to be a great event.

seed swapChildren and families are also being encouraged to attend with local gardening school Gardening 4 Kids delivering some practical workshops to encourage children’s interest in nature, and the benefits of growing their own fruit and vegetables. With face painting and a bouncy castle also being available the event aims to be both educational and fun. 

To help encourage seed collecting thousands of empty seed packets are now available, free of charge, to any green fingered folk who want to either start collecting plant seeds, or have already collected surplus seeds that they are willing to swap at the event. 

Free seed packets are available to individuals or groups and can be picked up from the Aden Craft & Gift Shop, The Happy Plant Garden Centre, Parkhill Garden Centre, Loch-Hills Plant Centre, or they can be posted out directly by contacting the Aden Country Park Development Worker.

Food StallsAden Development Worker, Neil Shirran said:
“We’re all getting very excited about the new Seedy Sunday event. It should prove to be a really informative, fun, and feel good event. With the onsite plant nursery playing host to the event, Aden Country Park is the perfect venue for the Seed, Food and Drink Festival. It’s the first of its kind in Aberdeenshire and will not only celebrate and promote food and drink from the local area, but will also provide a hub for gardeners enthusiasts to come together to exchange knowledge, seeds, plants and recipes”. 

The first Seedy Sunday – Seed, Food & Drink Festival is being made possible by receiving funding support from both the Community Food Fund (CFF) and the Aberdeenshire Council Buchan Local Community Planning Group.

The innovative event is being led by the Aden Country Park Development Worker who is working in partnership with the Aden Community Allotments Association (ACAA), Aberdeenshire Council, The Foyer, Buchan Development Partnership, and the Friends of Aden Country Park.

If you are a local food, drink, craft or gardening business looking for a stall, or are part of an allotment group wanting to know more, or simply someone who wants to attend or be involved with the event please visit the Seedy Sunday - Seed, Food & Drink Festival event page for further information, including seed collecting advice and tips, or contact the Aden Development Worker on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it