Taste of Grampian to be held at P&J Live as the food festival expands

30 January 2020

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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