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Taste of Nairn Whips up Support!

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The countdown is on to a three-day food and drink festival which this year has attracted more support than ever before from sponsors.

Taste of Nairn will take place from May 10 to 12 with food and drink events taking place all over the seaside town.

Since the debut Taste of Nairn in 2019, the town’s very own Ashers Bakery has given its full support to the event, but new sponsors have also come on board.

Ali Asher of Ashers Bakery which has 12 outlets across the Highlands, Moray and Speyside said:

“We are thrilled to be part of Taste of Nairn once again.

“As a local family business in the food sector, getting involved in Taste of Nairn, was an obvious choice for us.

“The event has grown and evolved every year so we are delighted to see many others also wanting to support this fantastic event.”

Howden’s Joinery who are located at the Balmakeith Industrial Estate are sponsoring the demo room at the Nairn Community and Arts Centre where visitors can enjoy several different demos, including from chef Martyn Woodward, Ryan Main of The Classroom and Tish Joyce of Highland Ayurveda.

Haventus, the owner of Ardersier Port is also supporting the event as a new sponsor for 2024.

Popular baker Makes By Megs are now the sponsor of the Showstopper Cake Competition which this year includes not only an amateur category but also one for professionals and Lifestyle Magazine is the event’s publicity partner.

Megan Mclean and Nicola Mackinlay from Makes by Megs who are sponsoring the Showstopper Cake Contest.

Back by popular demand is the World Tattie Scone Championships which is now in its tenth year.

This is run by the Oakwood Cookery School and is always a popular part of the event, where participants are asked to bring along a secret ingredient to make their tattie scone.

Highland Yoga Collective are also returning for a second year, with a well-being hub.

The three-day event kicks off on Friday, May 10 with numerous businesses staging their own events over the weekend.

These include wine tastings, live music, special menus, talks and tastings.

On Saturday, the town will come alive with Nairn BID, the organisers of Taste of Nairn staging a town centre Farmers’ Market operated by Moray Markets and businesses creating market day offers and spilling out onto the street.

There will also be a food and drink market in the Nairn Community & Arts Centre where there will be numerous local producers, the World Tattie Scone Championships, Showstopper Cake Competition, Demo Room and Wellbeing Hub.

Lucy Harding, the Nairn BID manager said:

“Taste of Nairn is a wonderful three-day event which showcases the very best the town and surrounding area has to offer when it comes to food and drink.

“We are grateful to the sponsors who have been involved since the start, but it’s also fantastic to have attracted new supporters.

“It’s a real endorsement that we are staging an event that people think is valuable to our town.”

Megan Mclean, who co-owns Makes By Megs with Nicola Mackinlay said they were delighted to be the sponsor of the Showstopper Cake Contest.

“As a business, Makes by Megs and our café MNMS has always thrown its weight behind all the Nairn BID events.

“However, the Taste of Nairn is clearly a perfect fit for us and we are so pleased that this year we can support the cake contest.

“We have been able to take it up a notch this year and have also created a category for professionals.

“It’s shaping up to be a fun event and we urge people to come along and get involved.”

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