September means many different things to us all. The start of autumn, the leaves turning golden, the fruit and veg that’s ripe and ready to harvest. For this part of the world, it means the Great Perthshire Picnic!

So what is the Great Perthshire Picnic, and how can you enjoy the many treats and delights on offer? Who are Giraffe and why are they organising this month-long feast?

Read on for answers to all of this and more…

A chance to eat, drink, and be merry – then eat and drink some more

The Great Perthshire Picnic is a month-long series of more than 60 events, surprises, treats, workshops and special offers, celebrating the very best of Perthshire’s food and drink.

Perthshire is rightly famous for our fantastic chefs, award-winning restaurants, top-quality food/drink producers and delicious fresh ingredients. So what better way to show the world what we have to offer than a month of eating and drinking opportunities?

Among these will be:

  • cooking masterclasses and demos,
  • food and drink tastings,
  • special drinks events where you can make/mix your own,
  • amazing offers and discounts from eateries and food/drink producers,
  • afternoon teas galore,
  • pop-up cafes,
  • one-off restaurant nights,
  • musical treats, and
  • charity events.

You’ll have the chance to visit cafés or restaurants that you’ve always fancied trying, revisit your old favourites (with a twist), learn new skills, meet the chefs and producers behind the names, and, most importantly… eat and drink Perthshire’s fabulous produce!

We couldn’t possibly list everything that’s going on during the Festival (check out the Great Perthshire Picnic Events page for the full listings), but we have some notable highlights for you. Firstly, though, let us tell you about Giraffe, who have been working hard behind the scenes to make this happen!

About Giraffe

You’ve probably seen or visited the Giraffe cafés on South Street and Mill Street, but did you know that Giraffe is a social enterprise that trains jobseekers who’ve had barriers to the workplace? And that they also have a garden at Springlands and a plant centre at Ladeside?

Empowering people to work

Giraffe believes in empowering people and supporting them to move into the workplace, giving them choices and chances that many of us take for granted.

How they do this? It’s simple. Jobseekers who need extra support are welcomed to Giraffe and given work in one of their venues. They learn the necessary skills and gain proper qualifications. Jobseekers and volunteers can also access art groups, healthy living sessions, cinema, social trips and barbeques.

So as well as the skills, they gain friends, confidence and a sense of self-worth.

Sharing the love (of food!)

And that’s one of the reasons behind the Great Perthshire Picnic. The team at Giraffe would love to show local food and drink businesses, and the Perthshire public, how wonderful it can be – for everyone – when someone who’s been isolated from work is given a chance to shine.

The other reason is that everyone at Giraffe is a foodie! They want to spread the word and show people what’s out there in our wonderful county.

Some highlights of the Great Perthshire Picnic

If you came to the first Great Perthshire Picnic in 2016, you’ll notice that it’s bursting with even more events this year!

Here are some that we’ve picked out – check out the full listings, and book your places (booking essential for most events), at the Great Perthshire Picnic website:

Wednesdays 6th & 20th September

“Yappy” Hour at Brew & Chew – Bring your best friend (of the hairy variety) to our dog-friendly café for an hour of dog fun, treats and chat. 


Sat 9th September

Pop-up market at the Courtyard Deli Shop, Mains of Taymouth, Kenmore – delicious food and drink stalls, featuring the wonderful-sounding “fudge kettle”. Irn Bru flavour, anyone? 

Syrian Banquet Fundraiser, Ladeside Community Garden Centre – Syrian chef Mohamad, who works at Giraffe, will be cooking amazing food from his home country and raising money for Giraffe and a Syrian charity.

Tuesday 12th September

Murray’s Bakery High Tea at Giraffe South Street, Perth – remember the Murray’s Café on South Street? It’s making a welcome return in pop-up form for one night only. Come and sample their award-winning pies, cakes and other tasty treats. 

Friday 15th September

Foraged cocktails at Cairn O’ Mohr, near Errol – forage for natural seasonal ingredients with the legendary wine producers, and make a cocktail with what you find!


Saturday 23rd September

Rookery Mead Tasting Session at Exel Wines – come to the fantastic Exel Wines shop to try the delicious honey-based tipple that’s making a big comeback.

Wednesday 27th September

Picking, juicing and cidermaking at Springlands Garden, Perth – Margaret of Plants with Purpose & Appletreeman will be giving a free training course on all aspects of making your own cider. (You can also come and pick your own apples from 26th – 28th September at Springlands Garden. Bring some bags to fill!) 

Thursday 28th September

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea, Perth College UHI – treat yourself to a delicious selection of sandwiches and cakes, made and served by the Hospitality students. 

Friday 29th September

The Coaltown Daisies, The Court House, Kinross – come and enjoy the full menu including the famous Court House wood-fired pizzas, and hear some seriously great tunes from this singer-songwriter duo. 

Saturday 30th September

Indian Masterclass with Praveen Kumar, Indian Cook School, Perth – Praveen, a highly accomplished chef who regularly appears on TV, will guide you through the authentic dishes, spices and stories of South India, at his custom-built Indian Cook School.

After Hours seasonal tasting menu night at Giraffe, Perth – an exclusive and indulgent evening of Perthshire’s finest produce, each paired with a delicious wine and served in an elegant and relaxed environment. 

Great Perthshire Picnic


Find out more

For more information on this truly world-class event, you can follow Perth City on Facebook and Twitter, and check out Great Perthshire Picnic’s website for the latest listings.

Volunteer with Giraffe

If you have a few hours a week to spare, your help could make a huge difference to someone’s life. To find out more about volunteering at Giraffe, contact Paula on 01738 449227 or email

Giraffe is World Host-accredited and a Disability Confident employer.

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