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Thousands Grab a Slice of Taste of Nairn

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Thousands of people flocked to Nairn over the course of the weekend to experience a three-day food and drink festival.

Almost 100 businesses took part in Taste of Nairn which is now in its fourth year and is sponsored by Ashers Bakery.

The event also boasted the World Tattie Scone Championships which is sponsored by Oakwood Cookery School and a Showstopper Cake Competition supported by Makes By Megs.

Tracy Chalmers from Keith was crowned World Tattie Scone champion with her wild flower honey and Arran mustard creation.

Whilst Emma Willet – the “Crazy Cake Lady” from Kinloss won the professional category of the Showstopper Cake contest with her stunning bandstand design.

Winner of the junior category was Suzi Mapes, an S2 pupil from Nairn Academy.

Her cake was inspired by Nairn ice cream outlet James’s At The Putting Green.

Taste of Nairn kicked off on Friday, May 10 with businesses around the seaside town hosting their own events.

On Saturday, a street market was held in the town centre and another in the Nairn Community & Arts Centre where there were food and drink demonstrations including a cocktail making masterclass from The Classroom, smoked salmon recipes and tasters from Ord Oak Smokehouse and a talk on Ayurveda and gut health by Tish Joyce.

The event was organised by Nairn Connects BID in order to showcase the amazing food and drink available in the town.

Nairn BID manager, Lucy Harding said:

“Nairn well and truly came alive over the weekend.

“Over the three days, when you tot up the independent events, the two markets, the businesses that created market day offers, sponsors and judges for the competitions, we have had almost 100 businesses get involved in the event.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to those who got involved.

“It’s no mean feat staging events, but so many did and the feedback we have received was that there were a lot of busy venues.”

Lucy added:

“The event is also made possible by our sponsors Ashers Bakery, Oakwood Cookery School, Makes by Megs, Haventus and Howden’s Joinery who sponsored our demo room.

“We are very grateful for their support.”

Cathy Hamilton of independent wine shop The Grapemonger and sister restaurant One One Two on the Brae said:

“We have had an absolutely fantastic weekend.

“We staged three events for Taste of Nairn and they were all very popular.

“The wine tasting on the first day of the festival sold out and One One Two was fully booked.

“The street market was so busy and of course, the sun shining really helped.

“The whole town was bustling.”

The event was rounded off on Sunday with a food festival incorporating live music at Househill Café & Farm Shop and a Jazz and Fromage event at The Highland Weigh on Nairn High Street.

If you would like to feedback about the event, you can find a link to the survey on the Taste of Nairn Facebook and Instagram pages.  

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