About The Team

Festival Founders:  Rachel Gambro (left) and Sarah Misra (right)

The festival is organised by The Mixing Bowl Aberdeen which is a community-led food interest group that is based in the west of Aberdeen. In addition to the festival, The Mixing Bowl runs monthly food and drink events featuring talks, tastings, demonstrations and workshops.

Mixing Bowl Committee:  left to right, back row:  Lamya Atrakchi, Shirley Butler, Debbie Dunning, front row:  Kalpa Tan and Rachel Gambro

About The Event

The Deeside Local Food Festival was formed in 2015 with a grant from the Think Local Community Food Fund to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015.   It was a great success with over 1,500 visitors and 23 local food producers in attendance.  Since then it has grown in size and popularity.  For the third year running the 2019 festival welcomed approx. 3,500 visitors.  The number of local food and drink businesses participating also increased to 74, demonstrating a strong appetite for a community food event in the local area.


The festival provides a chance for both the nearby community and for visitors from further away to come together to enjoy a family day out while supporting food and drink businesses from North East Scotland.  Visitors have commented that they particularly enjoy being able to speak with local food producers as well as try before they buy, the relaxed atmosphere at the festival and the large range of activities on offer for all the family.  The festival has a particular focus on attracting independent producers who are local to Aberdeen City or Shire with over 90% from an AB postcode each year.

After 5 successful years based in Cults it has now become time to relocate to a larger venue and working closely with our partners at National Trust for Scotland the 2020 festival will take place at Crathes Castle.  This is a very exciting move for the event and we look forward to welcoming you to both the Ceilidh at the Castle and the Family Fun Day.