THE City of Elgin Food and Drink Festival attracted a large crowd who had an appetite to celebrate local produce.
The third annual festival, which took place on Saturday September 14, saw the centre of Elgin transformed into a natural larder stuffed with the finest of local fare.
There was fun to be had along the way, particularly in the Great Cup Cake Challenge between Gill Neill and Elaine MacPhee, of organisers Elgin BID, and Moray College lecturers Alistair Fowlie and Craig Wilson.
Mrs Neill, Elgin BID manager, said: "We have had some really good feedback from stall holders and members of the public. We expanded the festival this year and had chefs on the Plainstones and the private car park in South Street. We also had the kids’ fun area and emergency services.
"We are already looking at how we can develop it further for next year."
The event was opened by Richard Lochhead, local MSP and Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, and European Pipe Band champions, Elgin and District Pipe Band, were on hand to show why they won the grade four title in June this year at the Piping Hot Forres event.
As part of Scotland’s Food and Drink Fortnight, the Elgin festival received additional promotional support through the Scottish Government.
Moray College UHI was also a key partner, and staged a Scotland’s Larder event at the college throughout the day.
For more on the festival and a picture special from the event see ‘The Northern Scot’ print version.