Calling all foodies

Peebles Food Festival is set to tingle your taste buds this Sunday from 11am until 4.30pm at the town’s Eastgate Theatre.

“The festival, now in its sixth year, promises an amazing selection of culinary delights from all around the Scottish Borders,” said its co-founder Val Brunton, owner of Peebles’ Sunflower restaurant.

Organisers promise flocking foodies almost 20 stalls displaying the best of Border and Scottish food and drink, located both inside and outside the town’s Eastgate Theatre. Hunger is bound to be satisfied by the land’s finest meats, from Peebles famed Forsyths’ butchers, the multiple award winning Whitmuir Organic Farm, The Juicy Meat Company, and Peelham Farm’s rare breed pork, lamb, mutton and field-raised ruby veal.

Appetites will also be whetted by Overlangshaws ice-cream in seasonal autumn flavours such as apple, plum and blackcurrant, and fresh cream, butter, cheesecakes and panna cotta from Stichill’s Jersey cows near Kelso. For those not stuffed already, there’ll be stalls of chocolates, chilli jams, wild mushrooms, pate and marinades to follow. To wash it all down, there’s wine, whisky and beer inside the Eastgate Theatre, courtesy of Villeneuve vintners, Glenross Whisky Shop and Traquair Brewery.

The Scottish Borders Junior Chef of the Year will also be judged live at noon during the festival at the Eastgate Theatre, in the final cook-off between Susan Kay of Carfraemill near Lauder and Matthew Smith of The Horseshoe Inn, Eddleston (see right). Who will win? Tickets cost £5, and under-16s enter free.

The climax of the three- month competition is followed at 2pm in the Eastgate Theatre by a masterchef and butchery demonstration by Tony Borthwick, head chef of The Plumed Horse in Edinburgh, who will be showing some of his secrets for the perfect dinner party dishes. Again tickets cost £5, with under-16s free.

For more information, visit www.peeblesfoodfestival.com. Bon Appétit.