Taste of book festival with chef

Graeme Pal­lis­ter set to ap­pear at pro­gramme launch

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Tick­ets are on sale now for ‘A Taste of BOOK­MARK’ - the launch of the Blair­gowrie, Rat­tray and the Glens book festival pro­gramme.

A Taste of BOOK­MARK, which takes place on Satur­day, June 24 at Blair­gowrie Town Hall, will fea­ture award-win­ning chef and lo­cal lad Graeme Pal­lis­ter, who will be giv­ing a talk and cook­ery demon­stra­tions at the event.

There will also be food themed books and pro­duce from lo­cal spe­cial­ist food pro­duc­ers at the launch.

And the Blair­gowrie Play­ers will be giv­ing a taster of the show that they will be per­form­ing on the Sun­day af­ter the main BOOK­MARK event in Oc­to­ber.

Chair of BOOK­MARK, Janey Lam­bie, is look­ing for­ward to the launch event.

She said: “Corks are pop­ping, flags are fly­ing, Water­stones are on board and the last of the in­vited au­thors has con­firmed their at­ten­dance at BOOK­MARK in Oc­to­ber, so we are de­lighted to be able to an­nounce the pro­gramme.

“A Taste of BOOK­MARK will of­fer guests an op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple some of the best ex­pe­ri­ences - both lit­er­ary and foodie - that Perthshire can of­fer, while sip­ping a glass of fizz and mulling over BOOK­MARK’s 2017 pro­gramme.

“We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted that Graeme Pal­lis­ter, chef pa­tron of 63 Tay Street, has agreed to come and speak about his pas­sion for food and its wider im­por­tance to com­mu­nity and qual­ity of life while giv­ing us a de­mon­stra­tion of his culi­nary skills.

“Graeme is a former Masterchef of Great Bri­tain and a mem­ber of the UK Slow Food Chef Al­liance, of which he is an en­thu­si­as­tic sup­porter, host­ing bi-monthly slow food sup­pers at the restau­rant.

“He is pas­sion­ate about us­ing the best qual­ity ingredients from lo­cal sup­pli­ers, with the great­est care and at­ten­tion go­ing into ev­ery dish pre­pared.

“The award win­ning chef has worked with some of the big­gest names in the busi­ness and 63 Tay Street was re­cently named the Scottish Food Awards’ Restau­rant of the Year.

“We are deeply ap­pre­cia­tive that he is tak­ing the time out from his busy sched­ule to be part of BOOK­MARK’s launch cel­e­bra­tions.”

In line with the ‘taste’ theme of the launch, Water­stones, BOOK­MARK’s newly ap­pointed of­fi­cial book­seller, will be of­fer­ing a se­lec­tion of cook­ery books and books on Scottish food for those at the launch to browse and buy.

De­tails of BOOK­MARK’s ‘au­thors in schools’ pro­gramme, which aims to give lo­cal chil­dren an op­por­tu­nity to en­gage with an au­thor within the school en­vi­ron­ment will be an­nounced shortly af­ter the schools re­turn from the sum­mer break.

Tick­ets for ‘A Taste of BOOK­MARK’ are £15, which in­cludes a glass of sparkling wine, and are avail­able from Blair­gowrie Li­brary on 01250 871305, Water­stones in Perth on 01738 630013, BOOK­MARK mem­ber­ship sec­re­tary Rhona Christie on 01250 875613 or on­line at www.book­mark­blair. com.

The fifth an­nual BOOK­MARK festival takes place at Blair­gowrie Com­mu­nity Cam­pus on Oc­to­ber 6 and Oc­to­ber 7.

Tick­ets for the Oc­to­ber events will be avail­able to pur­chase at the festival pro­gramme launch and on­line af­ter the launch event.

Prepa­ra­tions Ross Ma­clach­lan, man­ager of Water­stones Perth, with BOOK­MARK’s Janey Lam­bie (left), chair, and Liz Ma­son, au­thors in schools co-or­di­na­tor

Guest speaker Award-win­ning chef and lo­cal lad Graeme Pal­lis­ter

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