Crowds flock to Aden festival

The first Seedy Sunday event proved to be a huge success
The first Seedy Sunday event proved to be a huge success

Crowds of food, craft and gardening lovers flocked to Aden Country Park recently for the very first “Seedy Sunday – Seed, Food & Drink Festival”.

Over 1,000 people attended the inaugural “seed to plate” themed event on Sunday, March 20.

The seed and plant swapping area proved to be popular, with lots of gardening enthusiasts gathering to exchange plants, seeds, gardening knowledge and growing advice.

Horticulture interest continued with a wide variety of gardening stalls, heritage fruit tree talk, planting demonstrations, along with tours of the onsite plant nursery by Jack Grant, Landscape Services Officer.

Tours provided the public with a unique insight into the practicalities of growing and distributing thousands of plants out to all the villages and towns from across Aberdeenshire.

Food lovers were also treated to a range of high quality food and drink stalls, along with an array of delicious dishes served up at the cooking demonstrations by Craig Wilson from Aberdeenshire restaurant, Eat on the Green.

Feedback has also suggested that visitors really enjoyed the live music by the Ugie Folk Club, craft stalls, Café at Aden, access to the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum and an opportunity for the kids to get their face painted or to have fun on the bouncy castle.

Neil Shirran Aden Development Worker said: “As this was the very first Seedy Sunday event we weren’t sure what the public’s reaction would be, so we’re overjoyed to be receiving such a positive response from everyone who attended.

“We certainly thinking that this has the potential to be another successful annual event for Aden Country Park, and are even looking at the possibility of a harvest time event to complement this seed and food focused festival”

The Seedy Sunday – Seed, Food & Drink Festival was made possible by receiving funding support from the Community Food Fund (CFF), Shell Small Grant, and the Aberdeenshire Council Buchan Local Community Planning Group.

The innovative event was led by the Aden Country Park Development Worker who worked in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, the Friends of Aden Country Park, the Aden Community Allotments Association (ACAA), The Foyer, and Buchan Development Partnership.