We recently visited the Dundee Flower and Food Festival in Camperdown Park to the west of the city. A week of heavy rain meant wellies were the fashion accessory of choice – but the sun shone and made for a gorgeous day.
The theme of this year’s festival was “Chilli” which was introduced by mother and daughter team Patricia and Stacey from 'Chillilicious' and featured the indoor 'Chilli Village' - where we saw products from Scotland’s first ever Chilli Farm and took the chance to try a variety of chilli products including preserves & in the spirit of taking part, Chilli Wine!
Food writer Mary Berry (Great British Bake Off) was on hand to offer advice on all things sweet, whilst chefs Tom and Henry Herbert, (The Fabulous Baker Brothers), shared samples of their wares with an eager Dundee audience.
We also sampled multi award winning Scottish Harvest 'Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil' - a real “chef’s favourite” because it is;
Healthy, with only 6% saturated fats, a high Omega 3 content, naturally occurring vitamin E and no trans fats.
Versatile - can be used in salad dressings, salsas and marinades. It has a high burning / flash point of 240oC so can also be used for roasting, baking and in stir-fries.
and 100% natural.
We were most impressed by the selection of fresh local fruit and vegetables on display in the judging marquees – these local enthusiasts really know their onions!
In the beekeeping marquee we saw real (winged!) honey-producers at work, and sampled their end products – flavoured honeys and wonderfully hand-carved wax crafts.
To complete the “Chilli” theme we were entertained by the wonderful Red Hot Chilli Pipers.