A festival of food

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CALLING all foodies, East Dunbartonshire Tourism Partnership has launched the area’s first ever food and drink festival ‘Seasoned to Taste’ which kicks off on Sunday, April 1.

Celebrating local produce and services, the festival, which promises tasty treats for all palates, will run throughout April.

Neil Petrie, chair of East Dunbartonshire Tourism Partnership, said: “There are many eating and drinking outlets across the area and the festival will be a great opportunity for visitors to get a taste of local fare.

“Whether you are interested in product sourcing, fine dining, whisky blending or growing your own, the festival is sure to be something to experience.

“Our membership has grown steadily over the last year with almost 50 businesses and agencies on board.

“This co-ordinated approach to service delivery brings many opportunities to the area for greater footfall in our towns and villages.”

Activities will include urban foraging with Wild by Nature on April 1 and 14, an Easter Weekend breakfast at Mugdock Country Park, Tapas Tuesday at Kincaid House Hotel on April 17 in conjunction with Frontier Holidays in Milngavie, a Grow it, Cook it and Eat it event on April 21 at Caulders Garden Centre in Kirkintilloch, a special tasting of the new Teapot Dram at the Glengoyne Whisky Distillery on April 16 and 22 and wine tasting on April 25 at Glazert Country House Hotel.

The Seasoned to Taste Festival is the first of four annual festivals taking place in the district this year.

In June, there will be a Get Active event, followed by a Heritage Festival in August and an Arts Festival in October.

Pick up an event brochure at your local library or visit www.visiteastdunbartonshirenow.co.uk for more information and event booking.