FOR a taste of Moray and Scotland, the City of Elgin Food and Drink Festival is the ideal event this weekend.
The third annual festival takes place on Saturday in and around the centre of Elgin.
Hosted by Elgin Business Improvement District (BID), it will showcase some of the finest food and drink produced locally.
There will be a range of stalls throughout Elgin from 10am to 4.30pm and entertainment for young and old alike.
Free parking is available at Moray College UHI and the entire centre of Elgin will be devoted to the festival, including the Plainstones, South Street, Batchen Street and the private car park in South Street opposite Sound and Vision.
The fun will get underway from 11am with a cook-off between local young people who have been learning cookery skills with Elgin Youth Café. They will be supported by development chefs from Baxters Food Group who will also be doing demonstratioons throughout the day.
Moray College UHI will host Scotland’s Natural Larder, which will include an insight into local bees and the honey they produce.
The STEM Wizards will be promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and maths by demonstrating some weird and wacky science experiments to the public on the streets.
St Giles Church in the centre will host the Great Cup Cake Challenge between Elgin BID and Moray College, and the Cake Studio in South Street will have a display and sale of cup cakes. You can even ice your own cup cake for a small donation to charity.
There will be chocolate demonstrations in the St Giles Centre, children’s face painting and a Crazy BIDS, a special children’s entertainment zone opposite Royan’s the Butcher at the west end of the High Street.
The fire and police service will have vehicles which people can sit in on display in the Moray Council car park at the east end of the High Street.
The festival is part of Scotland’s Food and Drink Fortnight.
Gill Neill, Elgin BID Manager, said: “We want people to come and make a day of it – a real family day out – and explore all of the city centre, all the lanes and closes and side streets.”
For more information on the festival go to www.elginbid.co.uk