Taste of Grampian, which is in its 21st year, will take place at P&J Live in Aberdeen on Saturday, June 6.
The organisers of the North-East's largest food and drink festival, after 20 years at Thainstone Exchange near Inverurie, have decided to move to a new home at P&J Live for 2020. The brand new state-of-the-art venue allows the food festival to expand and increase visitor and exhibitor numbers.
Generating more than £40 million for the north-east, the one-day festival showcases food and drink producers from the local region as well as across Scotland.
Attracting an average of 10,000 visitors through its doors for the past few years, organisers expect the new venue to bring numbers initially to 15,000 with the hope of growing them to 20,000.
Yesterday exhibitors gathered at P&J Live, for the launch of Taste of Grampian 2020, to announce the new move, and have a tour of the venue, including the proposed 9,000 sqm space for the main festival. Grant Rogerson, Chief Executive of ANM Group, one of the partners of Taste of Grampian, was among the panel, announcing the new venue for the food and drink festival.
Grant Rogerson, Chief Executive of ANM Group, commented: “Our aim is to grow the event and in order to do that we’ve brought it to P&J Live because it’s a purpose-built venue. It can take the numbers we are aspiring to. We’ve attracted 15,000 to Thainstone before and for the last few years we’ve averaged around 10,000 – so we want to get back to those bigger numbers.
“With the capacity at P&J Live we have the ability to put more on and attract more celebrity chefs, and also inspire more people to come along throughout the north-east with their fantastic transport links.
“With the AWPR there’s a huge draw for the event for Aberdeenshire and now we’ve also got the ability to get people from south of the area and from the city itself.”
P&J Live will offer free parking for its 2,200 spaces to all attendees and will continue to work with transport partners, to ensure visitors across the city, shire and further afield are transported to the venue efficiently.
Ticket prices for the event and the celebrity chef demonstrations will remain the same as last year, with two big household names expected to take part.
Claire-Lena Miller-Davis Exhibitions Sales Manager at P&J Live, commented ”We are thrilled to be onboard as a partner of the Taste of Grampian. It is a huge privilege for us as a venue for us to be able to host such a fantastic event that showcases and celebrates the best of our regions food and drink. We look forward to bringing the event to our state-of-the-art venue for the first time this June and we hope to welcome a record number of visitors.”
The event will take place from 9am to 5pm and the celebrity chef line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Is there parking available at P&J Live?
Yes, there is parking available on-site at P&J Live.
There are various ways to pay for your parking at P&J Live
On site payment machines: We accept both cash and card payments on site, pay on exit is required by entering your vehicle registration at any one of our machines located in the car parks.
APCOA Connect App: Up to 1 hour after you have left the venue, you can pay for your parking on the APCOA Connect App. Once you have downloaded the app, use location code 6680 for the Sub-T Car Park (underground) and location code 2356 for the Overground Car Park.
- Is there parking charges?
Up to 3 hours - £3.50
Up to 8 hours - £10.00
Please find full details on our parking tariff here. Please pay on exit by entering your car registration
- How can I pay for parking?
- Can I drop off and pick up someone without paying parking fees?
If you are dropping off or picking someone up from an event, please note the maximum wait time in our car parks is 30 minutes. Parking charges will apply if your car is within the car park for more than 30 minutes. This also applies if you cannot find a space, you will not be charged if you exit the car park within 30 minutes.
- How can I purchase tickets for a concert at P&J Live?
Tickets are available from our ticketing agent Ticketmaster on www.ticketmaster.co.uk or by calling 08444 77 9000.
P&J Live do not sell tickets directly.
- What time is the Box Office open?
Our box office at P&J Live will be open on concert days only. This will be open from 17:30 on the date of the show only and closes once the main act comes on stage.
If you have any ticketing or box office queries contact [email protected]
- Will I be able to purchase food at P&J Live?
There is a wide range of food and beverage options available to purchase for concerts and events, including catering outlets offering a variety of hot food options.
Please note - it is against venue policy to allow patrons to bring in their own food and drink to the venue. At P&J live it is our aim to be completely cashless, all of our bars, kiosks and restaurants accept card payments, this is more efficient, safe and ensures a speedy transaction. There are therefore no cash machines on the TECA site.
- How do I get to P&J Live from outside Aberdeen?
Getting into Aberdeen has never been easier with the completion of the new Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.
P&J Live is located close to Aberdeen airport, six miles northwest of the city centre you can reach the venue using a range of transport options.
For more details see our Visiting page.
- Are there cash machines available at P&J Live?
There will be no cash machines on site, however contactless payments are welcome.
- Can I pay by cash within P&J Live?
At P&J Live it is our aim to be completely cashless, all of our bars, kiosks and restaurants accept card and contactless payments. Please note we do have some cash only queues, please ensure you are in the correct queue. This is more efficient, safe and ensures a speedy transaction.
There are no cash machines on the TECA sites.