Taste of book festival with chef
Graeme Pallister set to appear at programme launch
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