Press Release: Beer & Berries

Download the PR issued on Friday 7 August

Beer and Berries Festival to celebrate Angus produce with tastings, events and live music at Hospitalfield

  • Day long festival will host over 15 different food and beer stalls as well as holding a Best Jam competition
  • Talks and workshops programme events will explore at the many uses of plants in the medicinal treatment of illness
  • Live music from Scottish Album of the Year Award winners Sacred Paws with an open air performance set in the beautiful grounds of Hospitalfield

Beer & Berries returns to Hospitalfield on the 21st August to celebrate the rich food and drink culture that is so abundant across Angus and Tayside. A regional festival showcase, Beer & Berries has been designed to connect food & drink producers and suppliers to buyers and customers, whilst running  a programme of talks, workshops, events and music alongside.

Over 15 local produce stalls will be in attendance including Angus Growers, Carnoustie Distillery, authentic Greek food from Fournos, Owen’s Jams, Angus Brewfest, Artisana Bakes and more. The Jam Competition returns for Beer & Berries this year and jam-makers are invited to present a stand out jar of jam. Mackays Jam and Hospitalfield’s Chef Manager Simon Brown are joining forces again in tasting the jams to decide a winner. Entry deadline is 17th August with details here.

This year’s talks and workshops programme as part of the festival is called From Monks to Medicine and includes a range of events exploring the many uses of plants in the treatment of illness. Children and their adults can enjoy foraging walks with artist Sneha Solanki and workshop participants joining artist and trainee herbalist Ju Scott will have the opportunity to make a calming and sleep inducing sniffer, relaxing foot bath salts and a joint and muscle salve. Irene Hallyburton and Ali Floyd of The Wellcome Centre of Infectious Diseases will introduce their new garden as part of a talk before joining Hospitalfield Head Gardener Kate Robinson for a planting of companion beds of medicinal herbs. These are just a few of the events taking place between 11.30am and 3pm.

2017 Scottish Album of the Year award winners Sacred Paws will close out the festival with an open air performance at 4.30pm. The band are set to fill the atmosphere with their distinctive brand of sunny, infectious and not-too-serious pop melodies with a live performance in the open air, set in the beautiful grounds of Hospitalfield.

Lucy Byatt, Director at Hospitalfield said; “It’s the height of summer and Angus is bursting with fruit and full of grain, Beer & Berries is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the rich food and drink culture that is so abundant across Angus and Tayside, especially at this time of year. As well as delicious local produce, live music and a chance to enjoy the Hospitalfield garden in Bloom, our talks programme focuses on the many uses of plants in the treatment of illness as we return to the roots of this site as a monastic garden. Developed in partnership with FEAST Journal, we will be foraging, planting, talking and listening. We can’t wait to invite visitors to stroll around the many stalls and buy excellent quality food & drink, meet the producers, growers and local suppliers and enjoy so much more.”

Tickets available for £6 per person and offer full access to the stallholders area, Live Music the talks & workshops programme (book in advance) and as well entry to the Walled Gardens and Fernery. Live music kicks off at 4.30pm, with music from DJs playing throughout the day.


Listings Information

Beer & Berries Festival
11am – 6pm 21 August
Hospitalfield House, Westway, Arbroath, DD11 2NH

Tickets £6. Children under 12 free entry.

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For further information, press requests and images, please contact Owen O’Leary on 07815 992 658 or email  or Nicola Jeffs on 07794 694 754

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