Food glorious food at market

Forfar Farmers Market resident chef Hayley Wilkes makes bread and rolls with help from local children. (photosonlocation.co.uk)
Forfar Farmers Market resident chef Hayley Wilkes makes bread and rolls with help from local children. (photosonlocation.co.uk)

THE VERY best of fresh, local Angus produce was on show at the monthly farmers’ market in Forfar on Saturday.

The event coincided with the end of the Taste of Angus Food Festival.

The new venue of The Mart in John Street provided the ideal location for a series of demonstrations from top chefs who showed market supporters how to make the most of the lovely produce on our doorstep.

Resident chef Hayley Wilkes gave a children’s breadmaking class and Matthew DeFranco from Duntrune House cooked up a three course meal.

There were also demonstrations from Brechin-based chocolatier Charlotte Eatough and students from Angus College.

George Marshall of the Pear Tree Restaurant in Auchterhouse went head to head against Hayley Wilkes in a competition to create as many dishes as possible out of £15 or produce bought from the stall.

On the day there were more than 30 stalls selling a variety of Angus produce, including Arbroath Smokies and Forfar Bridies.

Among the visitors to the market was Angus councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council economic development spokesperson, who commented on the amount of top quality, tasty local produce being produce in Angus.

She said: “The cookery demonstrations highlighted just how much variety and choice we have in Angus when it comes to local produce. I also really enjoyed looking round the stalls as this really brought home to me the amount of top quality, tasty local produce which is being produced in Angus.”

Another attraction at the event is the Angus Farmers’ Market loyalty card has proved very successful. Customers can get their card stamped at the market information stall and also Isabella’s Preservers stall. Once your card has six stamps it will be entered into a draw at the December 8 market for a prize of £150 worth of market vouchers.

The Taste of Angus Food Festival also saw the launch of recipe cards featuring delicious locally-produced ingredients. Local businesses, including North Street Dairy, 88 Degrees, Camerons of Forfar and Peel Farm, Lintrathen, contributed recipes. The cards are available from participating businesses, self-catering outlets, B&B’s, caravan parks, Visitor information Centre, libraries and from www.atasteofangus.com