11:00am-7:00pm, 21 August 2021
Beer & Berries 21 August 2021
Beer & Berries returns this year on 21 August 2021! It’s the height of summer and Angus is bursting with fruit and full of grain. Visitors to Beer & Berries are invited to buy excellent quality food & drink from stallholders, and to meet the producers, growers and local suppliers of the best beer and berries in Scotland.This is a regional showcase festival connecting food & drink producers and suppliers to buyers and customers. Beer & Berries is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the rich food and drink culture we are so fortunate to have across Angus and Tayside.
The festival atmosphere encourages people to come along and stay for the day, catch a fascinating talk, participate in a workshop and enjoy great live music all within the gardens and grounds of Hospitalfield House. Excellent food is available all day with options to reserve a table in the Garden Café, take Afternoon Tea with Mackays, or enjoy drinks at the Bar with an option for food to takeaway.
Tickets available for £6 per person and offer full access the stallholders area, Live Music featuring Sacred Paws, the talks & workshops programme (book in advance) and as well entry to the Walled Gardens and Fernery.
Advance booking is essential, tickets available for timed entry here
Talks & Workshops: From Monks to Medicine
The talks for this year’s Beer & Berries take a look at the many uses of plants in the treatment of illness and have been developed in partnershipo with Laura Mansfield at FEAST Journal. The history of modern medicine has its roots in herbalism, as our skills with organic chemistry developed individuals were able to modify and adapt plants, extracting different compounds for the treatment of disease. Join us as we explore plants as both herbal medicine and a vital compound in contemporary pharmaceuticals.
11.30: Botanicals & Modern Medicine The Wellcome Centre of Infectious Diseases in Dundee will introduce their recently planted public garden. Irene Hallyburton, a researcher currently working to discover new drugs for the treatment of malaria will talk about the role of the garden & how the different species planted tell a story of the centre’s ongoing work. Ali Floyd Public Engagement Manager at the Wellcome Centre will discuss the pocket medicinal gardens they have been initiating following the opening of their public garden. Following the talk, join the Wellcome Centre team and Hospitalfield’s Head Gardener Kate Robinson for a Collective Planting as they plant two ‘companion beds’ of medicinal plants.
12.00pm: EATING | THINGS Foraging walk and workshop for children & their grown ups with Sneha Solanki. EATING | THINGS is an ongoing family project which documents the journey of two infants, as they start to learn and eat edible flora and fungi.
12.30: Growing from the Past Emeritus Professor Geoff Squire from the James Hutton Institute will talk about the history of herbal remedies and the role that monastic orders played in growing and making a wide range of botanical remedies. As the site of monastic hospital, Hospitalfield is connected to a history of herbalism. Geoff will discuss how particular plant species came to be grown in Britain through a network of monastic knowledge sharing as well as describing some of the plants continued uses. Following his talk, Geoff will offer a brief Tour of Hospitalfield Gardens identifying herbs that were regularly used by monks for the treatment of disease. The walk will end at the newly planted medicinal beds.
2.00pm: EATING | THINGS Foraging walk and workshop for children & their grown ups with Sneha Solanki. EATING | THINGS is an ongoing family project which documents the journey of two infants, as they start to learn and eat edible flora and fungi.
2.30 Searching/Researching future medicines Professor Marcel Jaspars, Chair of Chemistry at University of Aberdeen, will introduce his research looking for plant life in extreme environments including the desert, deep sea and Antarctic. Jaspars will describe how researchers across the globe are searching for new organic compounds that can provide treatment for antibiotic resistant diseases. Jaspars is co-founder of the Marine Biodiscovery Centre at University of Aberdeen and Scientific Project Leader of the EU project ‘PharmaSea’. Join the Round Table Discussion which follows this talk at which The Wellcome Team, Marcel Jaspars & Geoff Squire will discuss their shared areas of research inviting conversations with the audience on aspects of their earlier talks.
Tickets for Talks and Workshops are included in the entry price for Beer & Berries, but must be reserved in advance. Purchase your ticket here
Live music for Beer & Berries this year is supplied by Sacred Paws! The band are set to fill atmosphere at the event with their distinctive brand of sunny, infectious and not-too-serious pop melodies with a live perfomance in the open air, set in the beautiful grounds of Hospitalfield.
Sacred Paws formed in 2014 when guitarist and vocalist Rachel Aggs (also a member of Shopping and Trash Kit) and drummer Eilidh Rodgers’ former band Golden Grrrls disbanded. Sacred Paws’ debut album Strike A Match is a collection of ten complex yet instantly infectious songs, described by Pitchfork as “… tightly-wound art punk [that] unspools their anxiety and turns it into something worth celebrating”. The record was awarded the 2017 Scottish Album of the Year Award. Their second album, Run Around The Sun is out now
The music kicks off at 4.30pm. Tickets for this live performance are included in the entry cost for Beer & Berries, purchase your ticket here
Meet the Stallholders
Stallholders make Beer & Berries. This is your opportunity to meet local producers, purchase fresh produce and try somthing new. These are some of the Stallholders attending this year: