The Fund, managed by the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership with funding from the Scottish Government, has awarded £4,700 to organizers of the weekend festival – recognizing the collaborative initiative which celebrates regional food and drink.
In its inaugural year, the event saw hundreds of visitors descend on the village of Deeside, enjoy a festive food market held in St Margaret’s Braemar, local crafts on offer in the village hall and craft drinks Scottish flags in the center of the Highland Games pavilion. The additional economic boost to the local economy has been estimated at tens of thousands of pounds.
The weekend featured music from notable local artists and Christmas craft, photography and food and drink workshops – with the whole village coming to life, with pre-Christmas specials at the many local shops by Braemar. The events ended with a spectacular festival fireworks display from the roof of St Margaret’s.
The joint venture between St Margaret’s Braemar arts venue and Ghillie’s Larder (Braemar Farmers Market) is supported by Braemar Tourism Group, partner venues, the Braemar Highland Games Center and Village Hall and an army of local volunteers.
Christmas Festival organizer Colin Hunter said: “After a brilliant first year, our aim was to go bigger and better for 2022 with the Braemar Christmas Festival.
“We are delighted to receive the support of the Regional Food Fund, which recognizes this community effort in promoting regional products, creating a new event appreciated by visitors and locals and cementing a new appointment in the festive calendar. for many years to come.
“This year’s festival is already in the works – with more food and drink on offer at our winter markets, great workshops planned with local producers in the village, an incredible line-up of musicians and activities for children too .
“This welcome increase in funding helps us get off to a serious start in putting on a truly magical event this winter at Braemar.”