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Inaugural Seedy & Food Festival comes to Aden

Seedy SundayThe very first “Seedy Sunday – Seed, Food & Drink Festival” is to take place this 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 individuals and families with an interest in food, craft and horticulture.

Food lovers will be treated to a range of cooking demonstrations from the multi award winning Craig Wilson “The Kilted Chef” from top Aberdeenshire restaurant, Eat on the Green. In addition confirmed food stalls include Devenick Dairy, Food for Thought, Berry Scrumptious, The Store, Kitchen of the Old Dragon and Crannach Coffee Shop & Bakery.

Kilted Chef - Craig WilsonInterest for horticultural and plant lovers includes planting and heritage fruit tree talks and demonstrations, along with the opportunity for likeminded people to come together to swap their surplus plants and seeds ahead of the 2016 growing season.

Children and families are also being encouraged to attend with local gardening school Gardening 4 Kids delivering 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. 

With other confirmed stalls including Feith-hill Candle Company, Organica J, Newburnwood Plant Nursery, Rhiannon Jewellery, Garden Organic, Glendaveny Teddy Bears, Flowers by Louise Laird, WowDog Bakery, and JoJo’s Jam, along with a range of other food, drink, craft, and gardening related stalls, Seedy Sunday is shaping up to be a great event.

Seed SwapAden Development Worker, Neil Shirran said:
“We’re all very excited about Seedy Sunday, 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”. 

So if you have collected seeds, have spare packets of bought seeds, or perhaps have plants you are happy to exchange free of charge, please drop them off at the Aden Country Park Craft & Gift Shop, daily between 10.30am and 3.30pm, ahead of Sunday so that we have all seeds and plants in place for the event.

Food StallsThe 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