Elastic-waisted trousers at the ready people; September is here and that can only mean one thing! The return of annual celebration of local produce that is The Great Perthshire Picnic.
Returning for a fourth year, the month-long foodie extravaganza is once again organised by Perth based charity, Giraffe Trading, and boasts over forty events reaching from Blairgowrie to Perth City, and Birnam to Blair Atholl.
We're talking about forgaging for cocktails at Cairn O'Mohr Winery, going wild at a Scottish & African Fusion night at Errichel's Thyme restaurant, and exploring with a local botanist in a biodynamic garden in Aberfeldy. Find all of these and more on the Great Perthshire Picnic events page.
Elastic-waisted trousers at the ready people; September is here! Gareth Ruddock, Giraffe Trading CEO commented, “Perth and Kinross is rightly famed for its food and drink producers. We have award-winning restauranteurs, chocolatiers, distilleries, breweries and produce right on our doorstep.
“I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of businesses. September is going to be a really tasty month. I'm particularly excited about our own African Supper Club - I've had a few wee tasters and the food is amazing!”
Join Giraffe Cafe as their social enterprise celebrates 10 years in Perth.
Pop in during the day to find out more about their work and how they’ve supported people across Perth and Kinross over the past ten years.
In the evening, they will be hosting the charities 10th Birthday Party as the finale event! Tieing to their namesake’s homeland with an African supper club to include live music and tasting menu of exotic treats such as Botswanan savoury doughnuts (Amagwinya), Kenyan Chicken Thighs (Shisa) and South African custard tart (Melktart). You're in for a great feed!
Afternoon Party: 13.00pm – 16.00pm
Free entry; menu available
Supper Club: 18.30pm – 22.30pm
£25.00 per person: Book on Event Brite or buy in the Cafe
The Wee G&T Festival is Provender Brown Deli's annual celebration of all things juniper and it is a fantastic day out for anyone who enjoys a gin (or two!).
Ticket includes all tasting samples, masterclasses, cookery demos and a festival guide. There will be an onsite bar where full sized gins and other drinks may be purchased. Food will also be available to purchase.
The 'Just Feed Us Graeme' tasting menus are the perfect way to experience Graeme's passion for seasonal ingredients. Served in a relaxed flow of dishes to everyone at your table, each course is a surprise and will be described in mouthwatering detail to you as it appears. Please book in advance.
Stories telling the tales of the history of Scottish Seafoods and their place in our diet now. There will also be top tips on how to make great dishes in our own kitchens.
Most people take it for granted that they can go to work but for many their disability, health or barriers can make working a huge struggle. CheckIn and Giraffe are there to make the steps into work and towards a future in a sustainable job or work environment a reality.More about Giraffe Trading, the charity
Building confidence, teaching vocational skills and encouraging people to engage and communicate is at the heart of what Giraffe do.
Friendly, family-like environments help support people who can be isolated and alone because of their barriers to work and introduce them to other people including trainees and volunteers.
It’s this engagement with local businesses that is Gareth’s reason for taking on an event of this magnitude.
“As a social enterprise which concentrates on helping people with barriers to the workplace, we’re always looking for new ways to engage with local employers.
CheckIn and Giraffe offer a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and accepted. “The Great Perthshire Picnic has given us a reason to meet with and talk to a much broader range of potential employers than we would in our normal business. It also gives the employers a chance to find out more about what we do, and the value that one of our job seekers could bring to their workplace.
“Food and drink was the obvious link for us because we’re already involved in producing fresh food from our Perth sites, giving opportunities for people to gain experience in the catering and retail industries to help them move into employment.”
Social activities, befriending and inclusion groups around art, health and wellbeing can also bring enjoyment and added happiness to many of trainees.
CheckIn and Giraffe offer a welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and accepted. Even through periods of illness, trainees are supported and the door remains open to allow long term recovery and the steps into, or back to, work possible.
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