Dundee is gearing up for the return of one of the city’s most popular events.
A celebration of all things horticultural and culinary, the Dundee Flower and Food Festival will be welcomed back to Camperdown Park from Friday August 31 to Sunday September 2 – celebrating its 30th year being held at the popular beauty spot.
While showcasing flowers and food, the well-loved event will also feature live entertainment, cookery and gardening demonstrations, competitions, family fun and a craft fair.
Some 20,000 visitors are expected across the weekend.
Here’s exactly what to expect from this year’s festival…
Big name guests
Winner of 2016’s Masterchef: The Professionals Gary Maclean will lead a food festival demonstration on Friday.
This year’s celebrity gardener will be BBC One Show presenter and gardener Christine Walkden, who will be at the event on both the Saturday and Sunday.
Former JLS singer, TV presenter and farmer JB Gill will also be at the festival on the Saturday.
On the Sunday, the special guest will be CBeebies star Ben Faulks, who will be there with his group Mr Bloom and his Band.
A weekend of entertainment for all the family
Also among those entertaining the crowds will be Balloon artist Talented Ted, piper Big Rory (and his dog Ochie), the Bharatiya Ashram Dance Group, Dundee belly dancers Tribal Storm, the Tayside Ukulele Club, ceilidh band Skyrie, the Tayside Young Fiddlers, The Woodlands Dance Orchestra and Elite Falconry, who will doing birds of prey flying demonstrations.
Top chefs from the best eateries in the local area have been invited along to share their culinary knowledge across the weekend.
Winter wildlife theme
The theme of the festival’s central marquee display will be wildlife in the winter, with a scene that promises to be “impressive” taking shape.
Entries for the children’s competitions will be showcased here, with youngsters from the local area and beyond creating features for a “stunning” display. There will be free activities and and face painting for kids.
Pocket Garden Design Competition
To celebrate 30 years of the festival at Camperdown Park, an unusual competition is being held. Participants were asked to create pocket gardens using plants that can be eaten, will attract wildlife and celebrate the Camperdown location.
Entries were accepted from schools, nurseries, horticultural groups, and community and allotment organisations.
How can I get tickets to the festival?
Tickets can be bought in advance from the Dundee Box Office or purchased on the day at the festival gate.
Prices from Thursday, August 23 – Saturday, September 1 at 1.30pm
Saturday and Sunday tickets: Adult £12/Concession £11
Three-day tickets: £24/£22
Accompanied children under-16: Free
Location and how to get there
Camperdown Country Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF.
Getting there by car
Follow the signs from the A90.
The National Express number 53 runs from Dundee city centre to Camperdown Park during the festival.
Free parking will be available adjacent to the showground.
No dogs, other than guide/hearing ones, are allowed within the showground.
There are no ATMs within the ground either.