Taste of Perthshire Food Festival

14th – 16th September 2018

Bursting with fantastic flavours, local and international producers and demonstrations from award winning chefs, including Jean-Christophe Novelli, the Taste of Perthshire Food Festival has something for every palate.

Follow our food trail round the many fantastic and award winning food businesses in Perth City Centre and discover what make us Scotland’s Food Town 2018.

Expect to find a huge mix of traders for you to choose from. Whether it be the popular Continental Street Market traders, the latest Street Food dishes or local food and drink producers. There really will be something to tempt even the most unusual of tastes!

The weekend will be packed with activities and will feature a top class line up of chefs and demonstrations.

What’s On?

Friday 14th September

12pm – 1pm : Praveen Kumar | Tabla Restaurant / Indian Cook School

1pm – 2pm : Graeme Maxwell | Maxwell’s Desserts

3pm – 4pm: Beaton Lindsay | D G Lindsay & Sons Butcher

4pm – 5pm: Dominick Kalinowski / Vinod Mathew | Breizh Restaurant

Book your place for any of these demonstrations here.


Saturday 15th September

10am – 11am : Willie Deans | Dean’s at Lets Eat

11am – 12pm : Jean-Christophe Novelli

12pm – 1pm : Praveen Kumar | Tabla Indian Restaurant / Indian Cook School

1pm – 2pm : Jean-Christophe Novelli

2pm – 3pm : Lee Patrick | The Townhouse, Aberfeldy

3pm – 4pm: Jean-Christophe Novelli

4pm – 5pm: Lee Patrick | The Townhouse, Aberfeldy

Book your place for any of these demonstrations here.


Sunday 16th September

11am – 12pm : David Barnett | Fonab Castle Hotel

12pm – 1pm : Jenny Thompson | Courses for Cooks

1pm – 2pm : George Urquhart | 3GCatering Services UK

2pm – 3pm : Jenny Thompson | Courses for Cooks

3pm – 4pm: David Barnett | Fonab Castle Hotel

Book your place for any of these demonstrations here.

Jean-Christophe Novelli

Jean-Christophe Novelli is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award winning chef, who is also dubbed “the nations favourite french chef”.

He began his exciting career at the tender age of fourteen as a baker in his home town of Arras, Northern France, before becoming the private Head Chef to Elie de Rothschild at the age of 19.

Jean-Christophe’s life changed completely when he arrived in Great Britain in 1983. he spent a year taking care of Keith Floyd’s pub, ‘The Maltsters’, as Head Chef, whilst Keith was filming his famous TV shows. In 1996, Jean-Christophe, then opened four restaurants in London, and so began the foundations for his internationally based mini-empire. What is so surprising is that he only had £500 in his pocket to start this solo venture.

Book tickets for Jean-Christophe’s demonstrations here.

When he won the ‘Outstanding Curry of the Year’ award, Praveen said: “There are thousands of Indian restaurants in Scotland. We at Tabla stand out because of what we do and how we do our food.

“We grow our own spices in India and we procure our product from Perthshire farmers. The combination best of both makes our curry stand out of all.

“We have a real feel good factor at Tabla and it’s great for my team and my suppliers. The award  gives my team a real sense of achievement and I feel proud of what we do at Tabla. The award also increases the responsibility to do the best in future.”

Praveen, married to Swarna who grew up in a little village called Mattampally, in southern India, left his home at 16 and studied business and hotel management at university


He decided to travel the world – and was soon working in top hotel Sandals Ultra all inclusions resorts   in Jamaica before being headhunted for management positions at two of the best hotels in Scotland, first of all at Turnberry Hotel, in Ayrshire, and then Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.

“Having worked in these hotels, gave me great contacts and the experience of providing fine dining in top quality restaurants. But I always wanted to cook the kind of Indian food I grew up with and have my own restaurant, which I called after the musical instrument I used to play…

Book FREE tickets for Praveen’s demonstration here.

My name is David Barnett; I was born in Glasgow and moved to Errol when I was 3 where my brothers and I were brought up.

I became a chef part time when I was 14/15 and while attending Perth college I worked in local businesses such as Kinfauns castle , Gleneagles, and was part of the opening team of 63 Tay St . I then moved to Aberdeen to progress my career and took part in some culinary competitions there and in Norway, before moving to Edinburgh to work as a prodigy of Martin Wishart which then lead me to travel round Europe in a camper van to see what other countries have to offer, when returning to Scotland I went back to Martin to assist in opening his next restaurant in Loch Lomond. I then moved north to the Isle of Eriska hotel, then my first head chefs position was at Airds hotel in Port Appin where I received 3 rosettes very quickly which then helped me get the position as head chef of the Torridon hotel where I continued to achieve 3 rosettes for 4 years . Then I took on a different challenge with the Ox and Finch new restaurant in Edinburgh called Baba which was hugely popular and lots of fun, before taking my current position as executive chef of Fonab Castle Hotel in Pitlochry.

Also for the past 15 years I spend my holidays working in other restaurants around the world including 2 Michelin stared Atera in NYC, and 3 Michelin stared De Librijie in Holland where I have picked up some amazing experiences.

I now have a lovely partner who is a pastry chef and a wonderful son who is now 4 and we have returned to where it all began and hope to bring some fresh new ideas and skills to any young aspiring chefs wanting to learn and something different and exciting for the dinners of Perthshire.

Book FREE tickets for David’s demonstration here.

DG Lindsay & Son is an award-winning craft butcher that began trading in Perth in the late 1800s. We’re proud to say that the business has always been in the Lindsay family and is now being run by our fourth generation.

We started in a shop in Leonard Street, Perth, which was well-placed for farmers making their way home by train, as they’d come in to the shop on their way to the station. When cars became more popular, we relocated to the shop in North Methven Street to be more central. Our owner, Beaton Lindsay, was even born in the flat above the shop!

We’ve served the people of Perthshire and beyond for over a century now, and we plan to keep doing so for many years to come.

Book FREE tickets for Beatons’s demonstration here


Originally from Glasgow, Graeme is a restaurant pastry chef to trade. He’s worked in some of the best restaurants in the UK and counts Michelin star Michael Caines as his mentor.

Almost nine years ago Graeme started Maxwell’s Desserts from an industrial kitchen in Bridge of Earn, he now has the wonderful Gemma and together they produce high end cakes and patisserie to a varied range of trade customers (he’s been lucky enough to cater for some prestigious events including making the dessert for Zara Philips’ wedding and afternoon tea for David Beckham’s top secret Whisky launch as well as regularly supplying high end hotels like Ballathie House and Glenskirlie Castle and even found himself making his lemon tart for HRH The Queen on the morning of his own wedding!)

Graeme will be showcasing locally produced Gin in his demo with lots of tasters for you to devour at the end. Luckily will be able to sample and purchase these gins and more as well as enjoying another of Graeme’s demonstrations at the Wee G&T Festival being held at Dewars Centre on Saturday 15thSept 12-4 (tickets available from Provender Brown on George Street).

Book FREE tickets for Graeme’s demonstration here.

Jenny Thomson is a trained chef with over 30 years experience.  She has thrown open the doors of her family home to create Courses For Cooks, her own cookery school, in order to share her knowledge and passion for food & cooking, helping you become a confident and intuitive cook.

Book FREE tickets for Jenny’s demonstration here.

Lee Patrick is a classically trained chef who worked in and around London at the epicentre of the gastro pub boom. He came to Scotland 15 years ago for love but also fell in love with the food here. With 40 years behind the stove, Lee is now Head Chef at the hugely popular Townhouse Restaurant in Aberfeldy, where he doesn’t see cooking as work, but rather as a way of life.

Book FREE tickets for Lee’s demonstration here.

Breizh is a traditional French bistro and has been one of Perth’s most popular eateries for many years. Many ingredients are imported from France to give the authentic flavour to our dishes which can be enjoyed with our specially imported French Cider. As well as traditional Breton galettes & crepes; we offer wood fired oven pizzas, and an extensive menu using only the finest of locally sourced produce.

Perth, Scotland’s Food Town


In 2018 Perth was voted Food Town of the Year at the prestigious Scottish Food Awards. This award recognised the significant contribution of our city’s chefs, food producers, cafés and restaurants to the thriving Scottish food scene, and as a city we were very proud to receive it.

Want to know why Perth won? Find out more about Perth’s restaurants here.


Perth’s food and drink sellers and producers offer something that you can’t get from online retailers or supermarkets – personal service and the expertise of people who love what they do and know their products inside out.

Getting Here

Perth’s stunning location on the River Tay puts Perth at the very heart of Scotland’s public transport network. With regular bus and rail services to destinations across Scotland.

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.

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

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.

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.

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