The Findhorn Bay Festival will return to Moray next month - Wednesday 26 September to Monday 1 October - with a vibrant mix of theatre and performance, dance and live music, fine-art and photography, talks and tours and more.
Adding to the line-up of over 120 programmed events, the Festival will be Making More of Moray through the celebration of good locally grown food with the fertile Moray landscape providing a plentiful larder to sample from.
The new project, supported by the Moray LEADER Programme and EventScotland part of the VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, will bring a taste of the region’s delicious food offering to events throughout the six-day Festival of arts and culture.
A Project Café will be popping up to bring people together over quality local food and a great events programme. The café will be presented in association with The Project Café (Glasgow) with a group of recruits made up of local young people working to deliver simple, yet scrumptious, dishes made from wholesome locally grown produce. To accompany your meal, a range of emerging artists will showcase their talents in music, poetry, film and more.
Culture Day Forres on Saturday 29 September is a highlight event as part of the Festival and, for the first time, will include a mini-market at the bottom of Tolbooth Street. Moray’s food, drink and artisan crafts will showcase produce and work through activities and stalls that promote organic, healthy, creative or sustainable lifestyles. Medine Duff Mediterranean Food, Roots Fruits & Leaves, The Unfiltered Beverage Company, and Roseisle Gardens are just some of the local businesses lined up to be part of the new mini-market.
The family friendly Picnic in the Park will offer a feast of local cuisine available from The Park’s cafés and a BBQ will serve organic burgers and plenty of veggie fayre. There will be live music, performances and tours as well as the opportunity to explore the studios of artisan makers.
A tantalising multicultural music and food event will also be staged in Forres Town Hall as part of the Making More of Moray project. Fusing Asian and Scottish roots, the evening will feature a multi-media installation, a sonic performance from beatboxer Jason Singh and infectious dance grooves from Shooglenifty. The night of entertainment will be fueled with authentic curry cuisine by Forres based restaurant Cardamon Spice.
Kresanna Aigner, Findhorn Bay Festival Artistic Director said: “Moray has a fantastic homegrown food offering and we are very excited to be able to showcase local producers during the Findhorn Bay Festival. Food plays huge cultural and social influence in our lives and, as the Festival grows, it seems more than fitting to incorporate the celebration of our local produce into our events.”
She added: “Not only are we featuring food during the Festival, we also have available a few foodie items in our Box Office shop on Forres High Street and we are looking forward to growing this offering as we lead up to the Festival.”
Hussain Ahmed, Cardamon Spice Forres said “We are really excited to be part of the multicultural music and food evening at the Findhorn Bay Festival. Our whole team will join the evening making traditional home cooked Indian food. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to be part of the community and to share our culture.”
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “EventScotland is delighted to be supporting Findhorn Bay Festival’s Making More of Moray project through our National Events Programme. The new project will provide festival-goers with the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of music, film, art and live performance, while sampling the very best local produce that the region has to offer. Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events, and the festival will undoubtedly capture the imagination of visitors and deliver a strong economic impact for the local community.”
For more information about the 2018 Findhorn Bay Festival programme and to book tickets please visit www.findhornbayfestival.com. To find out more about taking part in the mini-market on Culture Day Forres please call 01309 673137.