2015 saw the Year of Food and Drink Scotland and the Mixing Bowl joined the celebrations by organising the Deeside Local Food Festival at Cults Academy in September. The heart of the festival was a produce market featuring 28 local food companies, 68% of which were from within 20 miles of Cults. The neighbourhood does not feature a regular farmers’ market so the event provided a chance for the visitors to meet the producers, learn about their products and ‘buy local’. There were also street food stalls offering a variety of lunch choices as well as cooking demonstrations, producer talks and children’s activities to ensure there was something exciting for everyone.
The 2015 festival attracted over 1400 visitors in just 4 hours proving that there is a healthy support in the area for our Scottish artisan food producers so to continue the momentum the festival aims to run annually.“I am keen to get involved in the Slow Food movement because I feel The Mixing Bowl Aberdeen shares many common objectives”.