Get another bite of Perth and Kinross as Cake Fest returns

Get another bite of Perth and Kinross as Cake Fest returns

After a deliciously spectacular inaugural event in 2017, Cake Fest Perth and Kinross is back for a second ‘slice of the action’ in 2018 as part of the annual Winter Festival celebrations.

Bakers of all abilities, from beginner to expert, are again being invited to take up their wooden spoons and contribute to this year’s event, by reproducing their favourite building or place in Perth and Kinross in cake form. Each sculpture will then be placed on an edible map of the area, created throughout the day by Cake Fest head baker Simon Preston.

The grand unveiling of Cake Fest 2018 will take place on Sunday 18 November 2018 as part of the Perthshire Feast event in Mill Street and Horsecross Plaza. Once complete, and after an opportunity for the public to view the eyecatching cake map, it will then be sliced up and shared with festivalgoers.

New for this year, Cake Fest will feature a redesigned, larger map and will celebrate a range of local events and anniversaries, such as the 150th anniversary of Perthshire Rugby Club. Looking back even further into local history, the Cake Fest map will also be
inspired by an ancient tradition which was banned in 1577, when Perth bakers last paraded to celebrate St. Obert, the patron saint of their trade.

Bakers taking part can choose a landmark they love to be temporarily immortalised in cake or select from a list which includes:

Available Plots 

Perth City Hall
Perth Racecourse
Perth College
Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery
Ossian’s Hall
Taymouth Castle
Smeatons Bridge
Blair Castle and Hercules Garden
Dunkeld Cathedral
The Gleneagles Hotel
Pitlochry Theatre
Queen’s Bridge
General Wades Bridge and the Black Watch Monument
Atholl Palace Hotel
Enchanted Forest
Perth Leisure Pool
Perth Cenotaph
Perth Grammar School
Black Watch Castle & Museum
St John’s Kirk

Taken Plots

Crannog Centre
Huntingtower Castle
Mcdairmid Football Stadium
Kinnoull Hill Tower
A K Bell Library
Perth Concert Hall
Methven Castle
Playhouse Cinema
Bridge of Earn Institute
Beatrix Potter Garden
Pitlochry Dam and Visitor Centre
Fergusson Gallery
North Inch
Cultybraggan POW Camp
Bell’s Sports Centre
Scone Palace
Balado Golf Ball
Crieff Hydro
St. Matthew’s
Innerpeffary Library
Loch Leven Castle
Birnam Oak
South Inch
St Paul’s
Blackcraig Bridgehouse

Kinross House
Drummond Castle
Elcho Castle
Glenturret (Famous Grouse) Distillery
Glenshee

 

 

If you don’t have a Gmail account, please just email your Name, Phone numebr and the building you would like to bake to simon@cakefest.org.uk

Perth Riverside Light Nights

Perth Riverside Light Nights

Experience the beauty of Perth’s riverside walk as the Riverside Light Nights return for 2018 from 27th January to 14th February 2018, running nightly 5 – 10pm

 

Over 50,000 people attending Perth Riverside Light Nights last year and this year is set to be bigger and better!

Come and join us for some family fun to finish off Perth’s Winter Festival with a bang. The Riverside Light Nights start on the 27th January and finish on the 14th February. We have a fantastic programme of themed nights so there will be lots of different things to see each time you visit.

27th/28th January - A Celebration of Burns

A celebration of Burns

Supported by Event Scotland

27th January

Come along to celebrate the national bard.

18.00  Themed parade commences from Perth City Centre – 2 High Street, along St John Street  to Riverside area

18.20  Parade ends

18.20  Themed entertainment (continues to 10.00pm) commences featuring:

o   Traditional Music including pipe bands

o   Rap bringing Burns songs and tales to the modern era

o   Highland dance and the Small Ceilidh Corner!

o   Storytelling & Burns Tales

o   Poetry

o   Comedy in the Stand-up Burns Zone

19.00     Address to the Haggis

o   Food tasting including cock-a-leekie soup, haggis (traditional & chilli) , neeps and tatties, cranachan, bannocks and Whisky.

21.45     Toast to The Immortal Memory of Robbie Burns

22.00     Communal Auld Lang Syne

 

28th January

17.00     Lighting theme commences at Riverside area

17.00     Themed entertainment (continues to 10.00pm) commences featuring:

o   Traditional Music including pipe bands

o   Highland dance and the Big Ceilidh Corner!

o   Storytelling & Burns tales

o   Burns Animal Corner featuring a petting zone.

o   Comedy  in the Stand-up Burns Zone

o   Visual ; through lighting and props

o   Food tasting including cock-a-leekie soup, haggis (traditional & chilli) , neeps and tatties, cranachan, bannocks and Whisky.

19.00     Address to the Haggis

20.45     Toast to The Immortal Memory of Robbie Burns

21.00     Communal Auld Lang Syne

 

2nd/3rd February - Super Bright Silent Nights

Super Bright Silent Nights

For these nights you need to channel your inner raver and look out the neon and glow sticks. There will be face painting, acrobatics, the spark drummers (3rd only). Take your headset and boogie through the park to the silent disco.

6th/7th February - Yellow Brick Road

Yellow Brick Road

Watch out for the flying monkeys and Ruby slippers as we leave Kansas behind and head to Oz. Ad-lib Theatre Arts will be taking you on a journey down the Yellow Brick Road…

30th/31st January - Superheroes

Superheroes

Make sure you dig out your best superhero costumes and head along to see what super effects are turning Perth into Gotham City. One of the original 1960’s Batmobiles will be onsite – so bring your camera.

4/5th February - Wonderland

Wonderland

Join in with a Mad Hatters Tea Party, look out for the Queen of Hearts and the very late white rabbit. Ad Lib Theatre Arts are back to bring Wonderland to life with their amazing characters and props. Curiouser and Curiouser.

10/11th February - Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Follow the Chinese Dragon as it leads the annual Chinese New Year Parade on the 10th Feb only from 2 High Street, along St John Street and across the Queens Bridge to the Riverside Lights. As this is the Year of the Dog it would be lovely to see some of our 4 legged friends come along too.  There will be plenty of Chinese themed activities over the weekend to help usher in the Chinese New Year

13/14th February - Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

Write your valentines note and have your messages displayed in the sky during this magical theme. Be serenaded by the entertainers as you stroll through the romantic gardens and enjoy a glass of something fizzy. This year we are hoping for a proposal or two!

Every weekend you can practice your circus skills with Adventure Circus. Learn how to Juggle, Hula Hoop and have a shot in the silks! Our amazing Fire Acts will also be joining in the party at all of the themed nights. Make sure you visit the Photobooth and get a souvenir of your visit.

Send your messages of love too: https://goo.gl/forms/l280bUGjJNuo4NY23

Competition Time!

Planning on coming along to the Perth Riverside Light Nights?

Great, we can’t wait to see you there! 🎉

As well as stunning illuminations and magical themes, this is also an AMAZING opportunity to win The Perth Gift Card💸

For your chance to get your hands on a £100 Perth Gift Card, all you have to do is show us your best pictures of the Riverside Light Nights!

How it works:

1) Enjoy some magical nights at the Riverside Light Nights and take some brilliant photos whilst you are there.

2) Post your pictures on YOUR Facebook, Twitter or Instagram WITH the hashtag #Perthlightnights. (Maximum of three per person).

3) We will find all the photos on each platform that have used the hashtag and a panel of independent judges will pick the top 15 photos on 16th of Feb.

4) We will then ask you to vote for your favorite pictures.

5) The winner will then be announced 23rd of Feb!

Good luck! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs welcome?

Dogs with their responsible owners are welcome on all evenings but we ask that they are kept on leads. However, on the evenings of the 27th January and 10th February, there will be some small fireworks and firecrackers at the event.

Is the event accessible for Wheelchair users?

Although there are some stairs in the Riverside Park area all levels are fully accessible for visitors who using wheelchairs

Is there a charge for the event?

No, the event is free although there is a charge for food and drink from the vendors

Can we come in Fancy Dress?

Yes please – we would love to see people joining in with the various themes

Where should we park?

Parking is free on street after 6pm in Perth City Centre. We recommend that you park in the city centre and walk over to the event. There is no parking at the event. For full info on parking in Perth visit http://www.pkc.gov.uk/parking. Visitors with impaired mobility will be able to be dropped off but there is no disabled parking on site.

How do we get into the event?

This year there is only one entrance to the event which is located at the lower end of the Riverside Park at the Pagado – please follow the signs.

Will there be toilets?

There are portaloos provided at the exit for the event

What is the weather is poor – will the event be cancelled?

In the event of severe weather, any decisions to cancel the event will be promoted on the @PKC and @Perthcitycentre social media channels.

Where can I post my photos?

Feel free to tag @Perthcitycentre in your social postings and use #perthistheplace

Can we bring our own food and drink?

There are a variety of food vendors providing lots of delicious dishes for you to try but feel free to bring your own picnic if you want. However, no alcohol can be brought into the event and any alcohol bought at the event cannot be taken out with the event zone.

Is there a charge for the Photobooth?

No this is free of charge

What is the last time for entry?

The last time for entry is 9.45pm – the event closes at 10pm

Getting Here

Perth is the most accessible city in Scotland with fantastic road, bus and rail links. Perth is location just 90 minutes from 90% of Scotland’s population.

Getting to Perth by Car

Perth is easily accessible by road from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling and Inverness. There’s a wide range of safe and secure, short stay car parks within the city centre.  We’re delighted to announce free parking all weekend in Perth & Kinross Council run car parks across Perth and Kinross this December.

Find out more about parking in Perth City Centre at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/cityparking

Getting to Perth by Bus

Perth can be reached by a network of fast and reliable coach services. Travelling around Perth is easy by bus, with many fast and reliable services available, from all over the City.

Getting to Perth by Train

Perth Railway Station is a short walk from the city centre. There are regular services to and from Stirling, Dundee and Pitlochry, with a journey time of around 30 minutes.Direct trains to and from Edinburgh run at approximately two hourly intervals.

Get Involved

#perthwinterfest | #perthuk

Follow Perth City Centre on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat – @perthcitycentre

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Perth Christmas Lantern Parade & Nativity Scene

Perth Christmas Lantern Parade & Nativity Scene

Join a beautiful lantern-lit procession through Perth City Centre, ending with the unveiling of the Perth Christmas Nativity Scene outside St John’s Kirk. A great way to celebrate your local community this festive season.  The celebration of Christmas continues with carol singing and bell ringing.

Perth Santa Run 2017

Perth Santa Run 2017

Come along and join in the fun as part of the Perth Santa Run – a 5km fun run taking runners through the streets of Perth City Centre, crossing the River Tay and finishing on the North Inch.

All runners will receive a full Santa outfit (to run in), a goodie bag containing finishers medal (which doubles up as a Christmas tree decoration), mince pies and more. In addition to this, if you continue to wear your Santa outfit while shopping, you may receive certain present and discounts from the Farmers Market and City Centre Retailers.

Further details upon registration.

Entry is limited so get make sure you book your space early -Booking Now open.

 

When: Saturday 9th December

Where: Race commences from Horsecross Plaza, Mill Street, Perth.

Cost: £10 Per Person (Price including Santa suit)

 

The Perth St Andrew’s Day Scottish Festival

The Perth St Andrew’s Day Scottish Festival

Celebrate Scotland’s national day on Sunday 26th November in the Fair City with the Scotland Street Marketplace.

Sample some of the finest food and drink from Scotland’s natural larder, while enjoying live performances from Scotland’s number one bagrockers the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, local duo The Mad Ferret Band, The Rod Stewart Songbook, Stevie McCrorie and many more. Hosted by broadcaster Grant Stott.

Red Hot Chili Pipers

The Rod Stewart Songbook

Stevie McCrorie

Mad Ferret

Grant Stott

Perth Pipe Band

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band

The Big Shoogle

Clanadonia

Click here to see timings for The Perth St Andrew's Day Scottish Festival

 

Stage Acts

 

Opening – Grant Stott – 12:00

Mo Run Presentations – 12:05

The Mad Ferret Band – 12:10

Stevie McCrorie – 12:50

The Big Shoogle – 13:40

The Rod Stewart Songbook – 14:45

Red Hot Chilli Pipers – 16:00

Perth Pipe Band and Vale of Atholl Pipe Band arrive with the Provost of Perth – 16:50

Speech by the Provost of Perth – 16:55

Perth Pipe Bands and Vale of Atholl Pipe Band Finale – 17:00

 

High Street Acts

 

Clanadonia – 14:00 | 15:00 | 16:00

Vale of Atholl Pipe Band – 15:30

 

 

There will be a huge variety of stalls from across the country displaying some of the best food and crafts in the land. Stalls attending include:

Craft Stalls

Adrift | Traditional Scottish crafts using driftwood plus jewellery; pictures with stags/Scottie dogs

Amy Britton Products | Tweed bags; purses

Cridhe Ghabhsainn | Tartan and tweed bags; notebooks; candles; cushions; knitted hats

Earthen Images | handmade pottery cats and dogs

Flat Rabbit | ceramics reflecting Scottish wildlife, countryside and coast. Wall hangings; croft tiles; croft brooches; mugs and jugs with a nautical theme and wader ornaments

McGregor Balfour Textiles | jute bags; shoppers and bottle bags

Olly Bobbins | tartan roses; brooches; pictures; Scottish themed favours; cards; tree hangers

Food & Drink to Go

Arbroath Smokies | fresh smokies and hot smoked trout

The Kitchen Farmer | beef & lamb burgers; chicken breast; bacon rolls; steak pies; chips

Procaffeinate | espresso coffees; hot chocolate and home baking

The Tow Bar | Scottish craft beer, cider and spirits; warm mulled cider; warm mulled apple juice (no alcohol)

Iconic Scottish Brand stall including Tunnocks Caramel Wafers; Mackies crisps/chocolate and more to be confirmed!

Food & Drink Stalls

Ann Davidson Butcher | various pies; Scotch eggs; black pudding; ready meals with traditional Scottish flavourings

Arran Cheese | hard and soft cheese from Arran

Cairn O’Mohr Fruit Wines | fruit wines; cider and non-alcoholic drinks sold by the bottle

Clootie McToot Traditional Dumplings | clootie dumplings vacuum packed & slices of dumpling

Cups ‘N’ Cakes by Monica | Scottish flavoured cupcakes (may have to cancel)

Jackie’s Cakes | traditional Scottish home baking – tray bakes, scones, tablet

Strathearn Cheese | pasteurised cow’s milk cheese and oatcakes

The Rookery | craft mead sold in bottles

Verdant Spirits | London Dry Gin (winner of Scottish gin of the year 2017)

Winebox Events | craft vodka and rum

Mackie’s Crisps | craft crisps made in Perthshire

Discover Perth Winter Festival

Getting Here

Perth is the most accessible city in Scotland with fantastic road, bus and rail links. Perth is location just 90 minutes from 90% of Scotland’s population.

Getting to Perth by Car

Perth is easily accessible by road from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling and Inverness. There’s a wide range of safe and secure, short stay car parks within the city centre. We’re delighted to announce free parking all weekend in Perth & Kinross Council run car parks across Perth and Kinross this December. Find out more about parking in Perth City Centre at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/cityparking

Getting to Perth by Bus

Perth can be reached by a network of fast and reliable coach services. Travelling around Perth is easy by bus, with many fast and reliable services available, from all over the City.

Getting to Perth by Train

Perth Railway Station is a short walk from the city centre. There are regular services to and from Stirling, Dundee and Pitlochry, with a journey time of around 30 minutes.Direct trains to and from Edinburgh run at approximately two hourly intervals.

Get Involved

#perthwinterfest | #perthuk

Follow Perth City Centre on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat – @perthcitycentre

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Perth’s Chocolate & Gin Festival 2017

Perth’s Chocolate & Gin Festival 2017

Perth’s Chocolate & Gin Festival 2017 filled our city centre streets on 18th and 19th November, as part of Perth’s Winter Festival.

Now in its fifth year, the original chocolate festival has grown and added gin distillers to the mix, plus more events and stalls. It’s a great celebration of the wealth of local and national craft distillers and chocolatiers. My friend Claire and I spent the day visiting the stalls and
enjoying a Chocolate & Gin Pairing Workshop (I know, tough job!).

The stalls

There was a brilliant diversity of chocolate and gin stalls stretching along the whole High Street, and along King Edward Street. At every stall we were struck by the enthusiasm and passion of the producers – they love what they do, are excited about what they produce and
use the highest-quality ingredients.

Here are some of the stalls we visited:

Alba Chocolate

“Deliciously ethical” chocolate made in a sustainable way by a family business (who also give 1% of profits to the John Muir Trust), using ingredients such as chilli and lavender and the finest cocoa. The hot chocolate was luxury in a cup!

Chocolate Galley

An Auchterarder-based company that makes delicious cakes, chocolates and more – and does workshops and kids’ parties. They sell the chocs online or from their café in Auchterarder.

Isle of Skye Distillers

Talk about dedication – these chaps got up at 3am on Saturday to travel from Skye to our Festival! They started their family distillery business in their mum’s garden, and have named one of their products “Tommy’s Gin” in memory of their late father who served in the Suez invasion; a donation from every bottle goes to local military charities.

Madderty Micro & Strathearn Distillery

Two local distilleries who joined forces at the Festival; they offer a wide range of distinctive and unique gins such as “Cailleach” shimmering gin (Madderty) and Citrus (Strathearn).

Maxwell’s Desserts 

So many great ideas come about by chance. When talented pastry chef Graeme Maxwell made Harry Potter-style wands for the nieces of his pal Nicola Martin (of Small City Big Personality fame), they went down so well that he decided to make more. They were on
offer during the Festival along with beautifully crafted (and gin-infused) cakes and confectionery.

My Little Monkey

Delicious cakes and biscuits from a Perth-based company. Great for gifts, stocking fillers, wedding favours or party treats.

Ogilvy Spirits

Scotland’s first potato vodka, made by a family on their farm near Glamis. Using the potatoes that supermarkets don’t accept (they’re perfectly good, they’re just oddly shaped!) makes this a most sustainable business. They also produce ready-blended cocktails that just
need a mixer added.

Ramstane

This family business in North Ayrshire is a boutique producer of fine chocolates and tablet. They produce everything by hand at their small farm in Ayrshire using fresh and local ingredients.

Redcastle

This brewery and distillery is young but has already brought out a diverse range of craft ales and a fantastic gin containing Kaffir Lime Leaf, Pink Peppercorn and some other ingredients that must remain top-secret…

Tipple in a TukTuk

A quirky mobile gin & Prosecco bar serving ice cold sparkling frizzante on tap, fizz cocktails, Scottish gin & bottles of Prosecco. The cute little TukTuk, including contents, is available to hire for weddings & events in Scotland, little or large.

Chocolate & Gin Pairing Workshop

The highlight of our day was undoubtedly the Chocolate & Gin Pairing Workshop. Held in the Forty Four Bar & Late Lounge, it was hosted by one of the world’s finest chocolatiers, the award-winning Iain Burnett – aka The Highland Chocolatier.

Iain had selected five of his luxury chocolates; each was paired with a different gin. Here’s what we had:

Iain gave us a fascinating introduction to the world of chocolate and how he crafts his award-winning products (his Dark Velvet Truffle took three years and 150 taste tests to perfect!). He then told us how to savour the pairings correctly – “nose” the gin, take a bite
of the chocolate, then taste the gin. Each gin’s special blend of botanicals and herbs enhances the flavours of the chocolates, and vice versa.

At our table were two PRI nurses, Allison & Gill, who are nothing short of connoisseurs when it comes to gin and chocolate (“They’re my two favourite things!” said Allison). They’d been to many gin tastings in various cities – I do like it when people take their hobby seriously – and thought that this one was “absolutely brilliant”. As for us, Claire loved the Cinnamon & Clove Praline and I still love the classic Dark Velvet Truffle. But there was so much to enjoy about each – fruitiness, creaminess, dark or citrussy tanginess, sweet smoothness.

 

The whole room was buzzing and we all had different opinions. Iain asked us lots of questions – which chocolate was the favourite? which gin? what could we taste in each pairing? – and kept us entertained throughout. It’s a treat to hear from someone who’s a
master in their craft and who’s happy to tell us how the magic happens.

If you ever have the chance to book a workshop with Iain, please do grab it – you’ll learn so much and your taste buds will be forever grateful.

Or, if you’re heading up the A9 from Perth, do pop in to see Iain’s team at The Highland Chocolatier in Grandtully, where you can visit the shop and Chocolate Lounge.

 

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