Dundee Flower and Food festival begins in Camperdown Park

© DC ThomsonCouncillor John Alexander at the Flower and Food festival in Camperdown park
Councillor John Alexander at the Flower and Food festival in Camperdown park

Thousands of people will flock to the annual Dundee Flower and Food Festival which gets under way today.

The annual extravaganza, which features high-profile chefs and extravagant garden displays, has become a highlight of the Tayside and Fife events calendar.

Culinary guests this year include Jak O’Donnell from STV’s cookery show Jak and Eddie’s Best of Scottish Food, renowned French chef Jean Christophe Novelli and Scottish chef Tony Singh.

Carole Baxter, from The Beechgrove Garden, is one of several horticulturists to be leading gardening talks and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

City housing director Elaine Zwirlein, Councillor John Alexander and Dundee City Council environmental services manager Gary Robertson. © DC Thomson
City housing director Elaine Zwirlein, Councillor John Alexander and Dundee City Council environmental services manager Gary Robertson.

As he enjoyed a tour of the festival grounds at Camperdown, Dundee City Council neighbourhood services convener John Alexander said: “I am sure that visitors to the festival will be delighted with the colourful floral displays and the quality of the celebrity guests that will be appearing over the weekend.

“This year’s festival is on track to be as popular as ever and we have managed to attract a range of celebrities that will appeal to a wide audience. I can safely say visitors are in for a treat.

“This is a packed weekend programme of cookery and gardening demonstrations, stunning floral displays and inspirational ideas for your home and garden.

“This festival acts as a boost for the local economy and I hope it will be enjoyed by everyone who attends.”

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Lord Provost Bob Duncan will be joined by representatives from Orléans to mark the 70th Anniversary of their twinning relationship by planting a tree at Fire Pond.

Other attractions include the world potato and gladioli championships, musical performance and cookery and bakery competitions.

Woodlands4Yew will also be running interactive activities including woodturning and den making.

Among the crew who have been preparing for the show are a team of apprentices from Dundee City Council’s neighbourhood services.

The Dundee City Council-organised three-day extravaganza runs from 10am-5pm today and 10am-5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Full details of the programme can be found at www.dundeeflowerandfood festival.com.

Tickets for the festival are now on sale and are available from www.dundeebox.co.uk or can be purchased in person on festival days.

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