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Seed, Food & Drink Festival attracts funding

Seedy SundayAden Country Park in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire is celebrating successfully attracting funding support from both the Community Food Fund (CFF) and the Aberdeenshire Council Buchan Local Community Planning Group to stage the first Seedy Sunday – Seed, Food and Drink Festival.

The “Seedy Sunday” event will be an exciting family friendly event focusing on a “seed to plate” theme where we will celebrate local Aberdeenshire produce through a farmer’s market, seed and plant swapping, along with providing insightful horticulture and food talks, demonstrations and workshops.   

The seed, food and drink event is due to take place on Sunday 20th March 2016 in the plant nursery poly tunnels in Aden Country Park.

The event aims to provide visitors and gardening enthusiasts alike with an opportunity to both see inside the Aden plant nursery along with providing a platform for individuals and groups to meet likeminded people who have a shared interest in local produce, growing food, protecting the environment, along with providing a networking opportunity and the exchanging of all sorts of local knowledge, seeds, plants and recipes.  

Community Food FundThe Seedy Sunday – Seed, Food & Drink Festival is one of the eight local food and drink initiatives who are toasting their success after winning grants totalling £54,506 from the latest round of Community Food Fund (CFF) applications.

As part of the Scottish Government funded three-year Think Local Project, the CFF supports projects and events around Scotland that encourage people to appreciate and access local produce.

Think LocalFood Secretary Richard Lochhead said:
“I’m delighted to confirm that another eight local food and drink initiatives are benefiting from this latest round of Community Food Fund awards. More and more communities are working towards getting access to, and enjoying, the fresh, seasonal, nutritious, and local food and drink we produce here in Scotland. During the Year of Food and Drink it is particularly essential that people take advantage of our fantastic natural larder in order to achieve our ambition of becoming a Good Food Nation. Congratulations to all initiatives that have received an award in this round.”

Aden Development Worker, Neil Shirran said:
“We are delighted to receive funding support for this new event. The Seedy Sunday event is the first of its kind in Aberdeenshire and will focus on the two strands of both celebrating and promoting the fantastic local food and drink produce available from across Aberdeenshire, along with providing a hub for gardeners and allotment groups from across Aberdeenshire to come together to exchange knowledge, seeds and plants”.  

Community Planning BuchanSeed collecting advice, tips, and fact sheets can be download from the Seedy Sunday event page. Seed collecting envelopes are also available free of charge to anyone who wants to start collecting seeds now, so that they can participate in the seed swapping aspects of the Seedy Sunday event. We are also encouraging people to take along any bought seeds that they don’t plan to plant next year so that they can swap and barter with others likeminded gardeners.

So if you are part of an allotment group, a local food or drink producer wanting a stall to showcase and sell your produce, are a keen gardener, of simply someone who wants to attend or be involved in the development of the event please visit the Aden Country Park Seedy Sunday event page or contact Neil Shirran the Aden Development Worker on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

For more information on the Community Food Fund (CFF) or the Think Local initiative please visit either www.communityfoodfund.co.uk or www.thinklocalscotland.co.uk.

For further information about Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership for Buchan please visit: www.ouraberdeenshire.org.uk/buchan