6 April 2018
No visit to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire would be complete without enjoying, sampling and tasting the best of our food, drink, agriculture and seafood. From the landscapes you see in the great outdoors, to the vibrant and bustling harbours, to the food and drink and local produce, your visit to North-east Scotland is bound to be full of flavours and experiences from our world-class providers and shaped by the agricultural and fishing industries for which we are known.
There’s every chance to get a real taste of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire during your visit. From quaint deli cafes and traditional style pubs to stylish Michelin Guide restaurants… we’re serving up our freshest and best local produce.
The stunning landscapes and vistas that you will enjoy during your visit are created and managed by Aberdeenshire’s farmers. Where to better to fully enjoy this landscape by attending on of the great agricultural showcase events the area has to offer. The Turriff Show is the largest two day agricultural event in Scotland and there are many other agricultural shows including the New Deer Show and Echt Show. These events showcase the best in livestock, ringside activities, food & drink, arts & crafts and much more.
The annual Taste of Grampian held at Thainstone Mart near Inverurie celebrity chefs, 180 exhibitors and local producers who invite you to taste and buy the finest smoked salmon, mouth-watering shortbread, delicious ice-cream, sumptuous prime roast beef, creamy fudge, a dram or two of the best Scottish whisky’s from local distilleries and much more.
Stay on a Farm
Now you have sampled the best of our local produce why not ramp up your agricultural experience by staying on a farm? Aberdeenshire offers a great range of self-catering accommodation staying on a farm and even better being right in the middle of things in a glamping Pod. On the north Aberdeenshire coast you can stay in a hobbit, harvest hut or railway carriage near Rosehearty at Down on the Farm and in rural central Aberdeenshire you can stay at the Boutique Farm Bothies near Huntly.
In Aberdeenshire we are very proud of our local produce and where better to buy it than by visiting a local farm shop. In Deeside you can visit the Finzean Estate offering the very best of Scottish hospitality, fabulous homemade food, interesting retail choice from artisan food to quirky gifts and amazing art work hanging on the walls, outdoor pursuit opportunities & accommodation on the Estate which is home to a farm shop, outdoor pursuits and tourism accommodation. No visit to Deeside would be complete without going to Deeside Activity Park and Farm Shop. The unique thing about the coffee shop is that the beef provided in the shop is Aberdeen Angus, which is bred on Cairnton Farm, owned by the same owners as the park and coffee shop. At Deeside Activity Park you can learn more about the Aberdeen Angus Trail and purchase beef from the shop.
Taste our Best
From the surf to the turf and whisky to craft beer, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire have long been serving up some of Scotland’s most premium local produce. Look out on our website for businesses who have the ‘Taste our Best’ accreditation. So, what does ‘Taste our Best’ mean? ‘Taste our best’ businesses use quality ingredients of Scottish provenance; fresh, seasonal produce; local food; food miles kept to a minimum; info on where your food has come from; friendly staff who will know all about the origins of the food on your plate and at least 40 percent of the Scottish produce will be highlighted on your menu.
For more information about visiting Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire go to www.visitabdn.com.