Perthshire On A Plate serves up another success

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce served up another tasty success when they resurrected their annual Perthshire On A Plate (POAP) food festival for this year’s comeback Perth Show.

The two-day event brought together food and drink producers from across the region to showcase and sell their products, as well as providing a platform for local chefs to demonstrate their skills.

Celebrity chefs Jean Christophe Novelli and Masterchef finalist Sarah Rankin from Kinross helped pull the crowds as thousands of visitors enjoyed the full programme of cookery demonstrations, producers’ tastings and fine food and drink in the festival’s popular pop-up restaurants dining area.

Reflecting on this year’s success, Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Vicki Unite highlighted the support the event attracts from the business community.

“A food festival of this scale costs a lot to stage and it wouldn’t be possible without the backing of several businesses and organisations,” she said. “Their sponsorship or practical support allows us to put on a real showcase that everyone was thrilled to see return after a two-year Covid-imposed absence.

“As a Chamber, we realise the value of our food and drink industry to the local economy and are proud to stage an event which puts it in the spotlight and our traders did a brisk trade with several selling out completely after a storming Saturday.”

POAP has provided an extra dimension to Perth Show since 2016, allowing food production and farming to be celebrated side by side.

This year the Binn Group Perthshire On A Plate Trophy for best produce stand went to Johns Scone Mad with special runner-up mentions for Allan’s Chilli Products and Val’s Tablet.

Companies and organisations providing sponsorship and support to this year’s Perthshire On A Plate include: Binn Group, Scotland Food and Drink, Perth College UHI, Fraser Bruce Group, Cairn Lodge Hotel in Auchterarder, Instant Image, Johns Scone Mad and Flonix.