Beer & Berries and Open Garden

7 July 2018


Beer & Berries at Hospitalfield is one of the highlights of our 2018 Summer Festival. This free event was hosted in the courtyard of Hospitalfield House on Saturday 7 July, between 12 and 5pm, and was an opportunity for visitors to meet a selection of producers and suppliers of the best beer and berries in Scotland found here in Angus and Tayside. Visitors were able to purchase and sample some delicious local produce. Stallholders included:


Beer & Berries was planned to coincide with our Open Garden Day organised with Scotland’s Gardens scheme – special Walled Gardens at Hospitalfield were open, between 12 and 4pm, with the opportunity to meet the garden staff and volunteers. A donation of £4 per adult was suggested for entry into the Walled Gardens.

Beer & Berries was a great opportunity to celebrate the fantastically rich food and drink culture we are so fortunate to have across Angus and Tayside.


12.00pm: Beer & Berries opens at the Courtyard plus entry to the Hospitalfield Gardens

1.30pm: Announcing the Winner of the Jam Competition

2.00m: Free Drawing School with artist Fergus Tibbs, gather at the Courtyard

2.00pm: Gardener’s Questions Time: Get answers to all your green fingered questions from the expert panel, Moira Coleman, Frank Yuill and Barry Smale of Rhubarb & Rubble

3.00pm: Some Points to consider for what type of countryside we want after Brexit Talk with Euan Walker Munro, Chair of National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) for Angus free to attend

3.30pm: Cultivating the Economy of a Rural Region through Food & Culture Join a Conversation with Hilary Tasker and Lucy Byatt free to attend

4.00pm: Tour of Hospitalfield House £9 per person

For further details please contact Scott Byrne, General Manager at Hospitalfield at or call 01241 656124

Following Beer & Berries, we invited people to come to our End of Festival Music Event with the Dundee band ST.MARTiiNS.


In 2018 the Jam Competition was kindly sponsored by Mackay’s Preserves.

Jam Competition: We were delighted to launch a competition to celebrate the best local jam makers in the area! Mackays Preserves offered a wonderful prize: the winner received an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the Mackays HQ in Arbroath.

Please complete one Beer & Berries Jam Competition Form for each jam entry. Please leave your jam jars unlabelled, as we will number them to ensure the competition remains anonymous. Please drop off your jam entries to Hospitalfield House, Westway, Arbroath, DD11 2NH. The deadline for submission is Thursday 5 July 5pm. Upon delivery, the receipt at the bottom of this form will be filled out and returned to you.

The entry requirements are as follows:

  • This is a competition for small scale home producers
  • Jams should include berries of some variety – no maramalades or curds please

We look forward to tasting them!


2.00PM: Gardeners Question Time Once again you have the opportunity to bring all your gardening queries to our expert panel:

3.00PM: Some Points to consider for what type of countryside we want after Brexit with Euan Walker Munro of NFUS

Local arable farmer and Branch Chairman of the National Farmers Union of Scotland (NFUS) discusses the ways in which the rapidly shifting political climate affects the food we eat – all welcome

3.30PM: Cultivating the Economy of a Rural Region through Food & Culture with Hilary Tasker and Lucy Byatt

Join Hilary Tasker, Sector Officer for Food & Drink with Angus Council and Lucy Byatt, Director at Hospitalfield for a lively discussion on the ways in which we can support our locality the choices we make about what, where and how we eat

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