HAGGIS, honey and Highland Dancers are just a few of the many home-grown offerings that will be on display as Perth swathes itself in saltire for its annual St Andrews Day celebration.
From salmon to smokies and whisky to wines, the Festival, taking place on November 29th on King Edward Street, will see over 40 traders showcase the cream of the crop of Scotland’s natural larder.
As well as highlighting Perthshire’s rich food and drink heritage, the winter market-style event will provide a twist on traditional entertainment, with ceilidh bands, Reely Jiggered, and the Bagpipe Rockers headlining the main stage.
As part of the quintessential Scottish celebration, famous Perthshire landmark St John’s Kirk will also be illuminated in blue to reflect the Scottish Saltire flag.
Councillor John Kellas, cnvener of Enterprise & Infrastructure for Perth & Kinross Council, which hosts the City of Perth Winter Festival, said: “Perth is rightly acknowledged as one of the country’s most beautiful cities with an amazing range of features, attractions and landmarks.
“We have people come from all over the world to visit so we wanted to find some way to showcase the rich treasures of Perth, as well as Scotland as a whole, and what better way to do this than to showcase the many delicacies and rich heritage we have to offer.
“So whether its food and drink enthusiasts looking for a bite and a tipple, music fans keen for a ceilidh dance or families looking for a fun-filled day of entertainment, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy as we round off November in truly patriotic style.”
St Andrews Day takes place on Monday 30th November. However, Perth and Kinross is marking this day on Sunday 29th November from 10am-5pm on King Edward Street in Perth.
Issued on behalf of Perth City Winter Festival by Holyrood Partnership.
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St Andrew’s Day
1. St Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s national day, designed to celebrate the country’s history, culture and heritage with people both at home and abroad. The St Andrews Day Celebration has received support as part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme of events.
2. We welcome people from across the world to help us celebrate the wide range of events taking place in the lead up to St Andrew’s Day – so locals and visitors can embrace our national day across the entire weekend of Fri 28 – Sun 30 November. Hundreds of attractions across Scotland will be opening their doors to offer free or discounted entry to do something to celebrate St Andrew’s Day. To download the Day Out vouchers, visit www.scotland.org/dayout
3. For those looking to celebrate St Andrew’s Day with the family, there is a selection of seasonal recipes showcasing the range of Scotland’s natural larder to celebrate with a St Andrew’s Night In.
4. Wherever you are in the world, you can celebrate St Andrew’s Day – from the United States and Canada to Australia, from Beijing to Bangladesh. Those who want to learn more about the traditional celebrations are encouraged to visitwww.scotland.org/standrewsday where there is a whole host of fun and interactive digital resources, including a ‘Saltire Yourself’ app, Scottish Party Guide and a sample St Andrew’s Day menu. There is also a St Andrew’s Day app available to download for smart phones.
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