As part of the Perth and Kinross Winter Festival, organised by Perth & Kinross Council, the first ever St Andrew’s Day Festival will take place on 30 November from 10 am – 5 pm with celebrations stretching from Auchterarder to Perth.
Celebrations of St Andrew’s Day in Perth itself will feature live music from the world-renowned Red Hot Chilli Pipers, family-friendly entertainment throughout the day, workshops and a street market offering the best in Scottish food and drink.
The City of Perth St Andrew’s Day Celebrations are part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals – a programme of events supported by the Scottish Government and managed by EventScotland.
On the day there will be the chance for everyone to take part in bagpipe workshops with the Chillies and join in a street ceilidh led by Gla’, performing recent chart hits in Gaelic.
There will also be street entertainment throughout the day, traditional Scottish storytelling, artisan crafts and the chance to enjoy the performances by the Julie Young Highland Dancers.
Perth and Kinross Provost Liz Grant said: “St Andrew’s Day marks an important day in the calendar and with all the wonderful events happening in the area and as part of the Winter Festival we will truly celebrate the very best of Scotland’s rich heritage and culture.”
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “St Andrew’s Day marks the start of Scotland’s Winter Festivals and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Scotland – including our thriving contemporary culture, our rich heritage and our world-renowned warm and friendly welcome.
“That’s why, once again, we are encouraging Scots and Scots at heart from around the world to join us in celebrating our national day at one of hundreds of brilliant events and attractions taking place across Scotland – including the St Andrew’s Day Festival in Perth, which has an exciting line-up of St Andrew’s Day themed activities.”
There will be a host of foodie treats on offer from around Perthshire at the food market with food demos, delicious tasters, delis and more.
The Gin Bothy, known for their raspberry infused and mulled gin, will launch their new ‘Bothy Gin’ at this year’s St Andrew’s Day Festival. The Gin Bothy, creation of Kim Cameron-Gall who uses a bothy in Angus to make the gin, is just one of many specialist and high quality food and drink producers taking part in this year’s festival.
Kim Cameron-Gall commented: “I’m very excited to be part of the St Andrew’s Day Festival. I’m very passionate about Scottish Food and Drink and can’t wait for the chance to launch The Gin Bothy’s newest gin. The Festival sounds great and I’m a bit of a Red Hot Chilli Piper fan so I’m very excited!”.
Nicki Martin and Gill Murray from Perthshire's new online magazine Small City, Big Personality will join Perth's city centre St Andrew's Day Festival with their first #SmallCityRecipes roadshow. Featuring some of the area's best loved chefs and mixologists, their programme includes food and drink demonstrations, recipe ideas and produce sampling from businesses across Perthshire. The pair will be encouraging visitors to try out their tasters, get involved in the demos and sign up to the website's monthly #SmallCityRecipes newsletter that pulls together their weekly seasonal recipes and guest chef features.
The provost and everyone in Perth will close the day with Provost’s Liz Grant’s St Andrews Day address followed by a parade by Perth and District Pipe Band.The celebrations in Perth & Kinross will begin earlier in the day in Auchterarder with Perth & Kinross Council’s annual St Andrew’s Day parade and church service. The parade led by the Community School of Auchterarder Pipe Band and comprising members of the Society of High Constables of Perth, representatives from youth organisations and local schools alongside community representatives, Councillors, Chief Officials of Perth & Kinross Council and invited guests will participate in the parade to Auchterarder Parish Church, and attend the service.To find out more about what’s on offer visit http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/10139/Perths-1st-St-Andrews-Day-Festival