Organisers of a north-east food and drink festival are celebrating after welcoming a record number of visitors to the event.
Deeside Local Food Festival saw more than 3,400 people through the doors of Cults Academy as thousands descended on the venue for the fifth festival.
Featuring a staggering 74 food and drink businesses, over 90% of whom hail from the local region, it was a huge hit with local residents and visitors alike.
Food and drink producers from across the north-east reported brisk business throughout the course of the day with many of the outlets and stalls selling out.
The one-day event features a local produce market, cookery demonstrations, workshops, a street food cafe and more.
Gin-blending workshops were a new addition to this year’s programme and were run by Deeside Distillery.
Rachel Gambro festival organiser said: “Each year the festival has gone from strength to strength, and this year was no exception.
“From produce stalls to chef demonstrations, every aspect was buzzing, reflecting the strong local appetite for top quality food and drink. Feedback from stallholders and visitors alike has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, I’ve already had my first inquiry about next year, when booking doesn’t open until next year!
“It’s such a great opportunity for local producers to present their wares to a new and enthusiastic market, and really puts them on the map. The many visitors who streamed through our doors soaked up the wonderful atmosphere, created in no small part by a host of local charities and community groups providing lots of fun, family activities, and our superb team of hard-working volunteers.”
Jo Robinson VisitScotland Regional Director added: “Deeside is home to many first-class food and drink producers and experiences. The Deeside Local Food Festival is a fantastic asset to the events programme in the north-east and attracts visitors from far and wide, making a valuable contribution to the visitor experience and the regional economy.
“Visitors spend around a fifth of their holiday budget on eating and drinking when they are on holiday in Scotland, demonstrating the importance of the industry to Scottish tourism.
“I am delighted that the community and businesses in Deeside have been able to once again showcase the inspirational products as well as food and drink experiences in this region for visitors to enjoy.”
For further information visit www.deesidefoodfestival.co.uk.