Beer & Berries 2020

12 September 2020

Entry is FREE, pre-booking essential.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming people to Hospitalfield on Saturday 12 September for Beer & Berries which takes place entirely outside. We are aware of the changing advice from government which will come in to force on Monday 14 September.  At the time of writing, our commitment is to continue with all aspects of the event and we are confident that we have robust systems in place that align with the existing Government guidelines on Covid-19. We feel confident that we can deliver a safe and enjoyable event. Please be patient with us if you have to queue a little longer than you are used to.

We are in close contact with Angus Council Trading Standards department and if the situation changes we will announce this widely on all digital platforms.

Book your visit and preferred time slot below:

The annual Beers & Berries Festival is back! Join us at Hospitalfield for our free outside event on Saturday 12th September 2020 between 11am and 6pm. Programmed and organised with Feast Journal.

Beer & Berries is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the rich food and drink culture we have across Angus and Tayside. It’s a great day out for all, come along to buy food & drink from stallholders, sign up for spirited talks and inspiring workshops and meet local producers and growers all within the leafy grounds of Hospitalfield House.

Angus Growers will be back with us, proudly showcasing the best tasting berries in Scotland. Drinks will be served from the finest beer and spirit producers from across Tayside.  There will be live music from Rick Redbeard and and DJ sets from The Phantom Band‘s Andy Wake and Django Django‘s Dave Maclean to complete the festival atmosphere.

Get into the detail of food production and join the Spirited Talks: Past to Present – Exploring the Shifting Demands of Farm Labour and Forward Thinking – Alternative Economies of Production and enter our Jam Competition. 

Featuring the work of artists MyVillages & Company Drinks whose film ‘Foreign Pickers’ will be screened, and Sneha Solanki, with a foraging workshop as part of her project EATING | THINGS.

Scottish Government Guidelines regarding Covid 19 will be followed to make this a safe event for everyone.


Beer & Berries is supported by Connect Local Regional Food Fund and Creative Scotland.


Stallholders: Growers, Brewers, Distillers & Producers

The stallholders at Beer & Berries are central to the event. These producers represent a growing market for local food and drink of excellent quality and range. You can expect to meet the following producers at The Paddock area of Beer & Berries with more stallholders still to be announced:

Film Screening: 'Foreign Pickers' a film by MyVillages & Company Drinks

Foreign Pickers will be available to view online here on Saturday 12 September.

The film by MyVillages and Company Drinks offers an insight into the culture and economics of ‘going picking’, bringing together former hop pickers ‘who went down to Kent’ from East London and today’s pickers who come there and are both key to British agricultural success. They share the experience of being so-called foreigners in the Kent countryside: East Londoners and current ‘foreigners’, often EU citizens from eastern Europe. Both groups of pickers are and have been essential to British agriculture, providing the en masse low-cost manual labour necessary to pick certain crops and fruits. Furthermore, both have developed their own cultures around being seasonal and casual workers on low income, from adapting mobile or low-spec accommodation, securing cheap travel, inventing free spare time activities, to socializing away from home. The film will be screed in the Paddock area at Beer & Berries playing on a loop throughout the event.

MyVillages was founded by artists Kathrin Böhm (UK/DE), Wapke Feenstra (NL) and Antje Schiffers (DE) in 2003, to advocate for a new understanding of the rural as a place of and for cultural production.

The projects that they work on together addresses the relationship between the rural and the urban, looking at different forms of production. They are passionate about questioning the pre-conceptions the meaningful culture only emerges from the urban. The collective is involved in co-operative projects in various villages and landscapes around the world, their aim is to bring a new dynamism to the notions of local resources and production.

All three founders of MyVillages left their village to become artists and later returned as artists to the rural. This is not significant in terms of authenticity; it simply explains that they wanted the rural to be part of how they work, think and operate.

Commissioned by Delfina Foundation Politics of Food Programme

Image Credits
01 Going Picking, Company Drinks annual Hop Picking trip to Kent, Photo: Elena Heatherwick
02 Foreign Pickers, preparation to filming former hop-pickers and current fruit pickers in Kent, July 2016
03 Family Portrait, annual drinks range, photo: Jennifer Balcombe
04 Thinning Soda, the drink that resulted from the Foreign Pickers Trip, 2016, photo: Jennifer Balcombe


EATING | THINGS: Artists Sneha Solanki‘s ongoing project EATING | THINGS documents the journey of two infants, as they start to learn about edible flora and fauna. They follow a parent and then later on, an older sibling looking for edible things on verges, hedges, bushes, trees and along the shore.

This edition of EATING | THINGS continues in this time of our pandemic as a foraging workshop. Hosted by Sneha for children & their grown ups, the workshop explores foraging as a means to enable resilience, develop new knowledge and feel empowered within the larger food system.

DAZZLE SHED: Join artist Kirsty McKeown to create large collaborative mural panels which will be used for the bright re-design and makeover for the Free Drawing School shed. Work created during this workshop will then form the foundation for the design of a Free Drawing School flag that will be flown over the drawing school studio.

The shapes and forms used in the design will take inspiration from the plans for the new gardens at Hospitalfield as well as from the grounds around the house. Taking visual cues from dazzle painting and metachrosis (the act of animals changing their colour in response to their environment) the aim of this workshop is to establish a new visual identity for the school within the grounds of Hospitalfield House.

Booking Details: These workshops are for all ages, children under 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult for the duration of the workshop. This workshop will take place outdoors with social distancing guidelines. All tools are provided and cleaned before and after sessions. Materials are to be shared amongst households only.

Tickets for these workshops are for households up to 5 people. Places are free but limited and must be booked in advance.

EATING | THINGS: 11.00am Book here

DAZZLE SHED Session 1: 11.15am – 12.15pm Book here

DAZZLE SHED: Session 2: 12.30pm – 1.30pm Book here

Image 1 credit: Eating | Things- Bilberry Bushes, Sneha Solanki, July 2020

Image 2 credit: Shed Mock Up, Kirsty McKeown

Spirited Talks

In response to some of the recent challenges facing local producers, from a shortage of seasonal farm workers to a loss of the restaurant market, FEAST Journal has developed two Spirited Talks exploring questions of labour and alternative models of production. Panel participants will introduce a range of perspectives on commercial growing in an effort to present pathways for a more sustainable future.

2pm Talk: Past to Present – Exploring the Shifting Demands of Farm Labour

From the soft fruit industry’s reliance on Scottish school children picking fruit in the summer holidays to a contemporary migrant workforce the Spirited Talk will explore the practicalities and cultures of fruit picking and the future of the seasonal workforce.


3.30pm Talk: Forward Thinking – Alternative Economies of Production

The Spirited Talk will explore regenerative and sustainable models of growing including the Community Supported Agriculture initiatives and locally focused distribution networks that are emerging as viable alternatives to established economies of industrial farming.


Live Music from Rick Redbeard plus DJ sets from Body Double (The Phantom Band & Django Django)

Django Django‘s Dave Maclean and The Phantom Band‘s Andy Wake join forces as Body Double and will supply music and a festival atmosphere for Beer & Berries this year. Rick Redbeard, the folkish solo alter-ego of Scottish musician and songwriter Rick Anthony, best known as the singer from Glasgow’s celebrated The Phantom Band will perform live.

Cafe at Beer & Berries

Chef Manager at Hospitalfield, Simon Brown has developed a brilliant menu especially for this event that is a celebration of local Angus produce. Come along between 12pm and 5pm to enjoy a delicious lunch with your family and friends.

Jam Competition 2020

The Jam Competition returns for Beer & Berries this year and we are asking you to join in and present a jar of jam that you think will stand out and win. We are delighted that Rochelle Grant, Marketing Manager of Mackays Jam and our very own Hospitalfield Chef Manager Simon Brown are joining forces again in tasting the jams and coming up with a winner.

Mackays is no usual jam producer but a traditional factory making excellent jam in small batches using copper bottomed pans and using berries from the best local Scottish fruit farms. We are really delighted that this important local employer continues their involvement in Hospitalfield’s Beer & Berries day.

Please enter your your jam for the competition by completing the form available for download below and bringing it along to Hospitalfield with your entry by before 12pm on Monday 7 September. Winners will be announced live at 3pm at Beer & Berries at Hospitalfield on Saturday 12 September 2020

Beer & Berries Jam Competition 2020 – Entry Form

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