20,000 ex­pected

Flower and food event ‘huge boost for Dundee’

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - PUZZLES - BY STEVEN RAE

MORE than 20,000 peo­ple are set to de­scend on the City of Dis­cov­ery over the next three days for the Dundee Flower and Food Fes­ti­val

With spe­cial guests in­clud­ing pop­u­lar chefs Nick Nairn, Tony Singh and Scot­tish Masterchef win­ner Gary Ma­clean, it is hoped this year’s event could beat pre­vi­ous records.

Or­gan­is­ers say the fes­ti­val is now the big­gest com­pet­i­tive hor­ti­cul­tural show in Scot­land.

The lo­cal economy is set for a wel­come boost too.

Ho­tel boss Richard El­li­son said the fes­ti­val was “huge” for the lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity trade, say­ing the whole city would be “sold out” for the event.

Mr El­li­son, chair­man of Dundee and An­gus Visi­tor Ac­com­mo­da­tion As­so­ci­a­tion and man­ager of the Dou­bleTree by Hil­ton Ho­tel, said: “The good thing this year, and ev­ery year since the fes­ti­val started is it’s al­ways suc­cess­ful for the Dundee hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor.

“The week­end al­ways gets very busy very quickly and al­though we aren’t quite full up yet, we will be full soon I’m sure.

“I would imag­ine the whole city will be the same in terms of ho­tel rooms fill­ing up be­fore to­mor­row evening.

“The fes­ti­val is great for the city, it’s huge.

“It brings in some op­por­tu­ni­ties for Septem­ber when the sum­mer pe­riod has be­gun to die down.

“It’s also a boost in the num­ber of Sun­day guests we have stay­ing here as usu­ally they will tend to de­part.

“But for an event like this they stay on the Sun­day night too.

“With­out the fes­ti­val, there would def­i­nitely be a drop in reser­va­tions.

“The fes­ti­val was here be­fore the Wa­ter­front work be­gan and was al­ready a suc­cess.

“Let’s hope other event or­gan­is­ers see this suc­cess and de­cide to bring other things to Dundee.”

Dundee City Coun­cil has high­lighted a new gar­den­ing com­pe­ti­tion — the Bri­tish Be­go­nia 12 Board Cham­pi­onships — which or­gan­is­ers ex­pect will be a big draw.

Con­vener of neigh­bour­hood ser­vices coun­cil­lor Kevin Cordell said: “The Flower and Food Fes­ti­val is a huge event and this year it is on track to be as pop­u­lar as ever.

“Over the course of the three-day ex­trav­a­ganza, we ex­pect 20,000 peo­ple to at­tend.

“The team here has worked re­ally hard to at­tract a range of celebri­ties in­clud­ing Andy Day, the chil­dren’s TV pre­sen­ter, and hugely pop­u­lar chefs Gary Ma­clean, Nick Nairn and Tony Singh.

“Our gar­den­ing guest this year is Jim McColl.

“The com­pe­ti­tion flower show is the largest in Scot­land with more than 100 tro­phies avail­able to be won, in­clud­ing the Lord Provost’s Tro­phy, and this year the fes­ti­val will be host­ing the Be­go­nia cham­pi­onships and the Scot­tish Na­tional Chrysan­the­mum and Dahlia Show.

“I would urge every­one to come to Cam­per­down this week­end and en­joy this fan­tas­tic fes­ti­val.”

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