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Motoring news

Audi’s new Q cars

April 12 2017

Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...

This student took his Tinder profile to the next level by turning it into a PowerPoint presentation

February 21 2018

Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.

Motoring news

Join the queue for littlest Audi Q

November 9 2016

Audi’s relentless release of new models continues with the launch of its smallest SUV. The Q2 goes on sale in the UK next week with prices starting at £22,380. There’s an extensive selection of petrol and diesel power trains as well as the option of front or Quattro four-wheel drive. More models will be added to the range later on, including powerful SQ2 and RSQ2 versions. Aimed squarely at a younger audience, the Q2 has bolder, sharper lines and a different shape to Audi’s bigger SUVs, the Q3, Q5 and Q7. Although it’s clearly meant more for buzzing around cities than growling across farmland, cladding and skid plates lend it an aura of ruggedness. Audi is also offering a range of vibrant colours to deepen the Q2’s appeal to youthful buyers. The interior is as plush as you’d expect from Audi, justifying its price hike over similarly sized SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Honda HR-V. The materials are high quality – softtouch plastics, leather on higher spec cars and brushed aluminium trim elements all blended into a smart-looking package. As standard, drivers get a seven-inch infotainment screen on top of the dashboard. It’s operated through Audi’s rotary dial system that’s far more intuitive and easier to use when on the move than rivals’ touchscreen systems. Among the many options is Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit - a 12.3in screen that replaces the manual instruments behind the steering wheel. Overall, the Q2 is 4.7in shorter than the A3 hatchback, but Audi says there’s enough leg and headroom for two adult passengers in the back. Boot space comes in at 405 litres – 50 more than you’ll find in the A3 hatchback and rival Nissan Juke, although it trails the Mini Countryman by the same amount. To begin with, the only diesel option is a 1.6 litre with 114bhp, although a more powerful 184bhp 2.0 litre unit will be added to the range soon. Similarly, the petrol engine range is limited for now but will be expanded by the end of the year. The 1.4 litre, 148bhp unit offered now will be joined by 1.0 litre, 114bhp three cylinder turbo and 2.0 litre, 187bhp options – the latter coming with an S-Tronic automatic gearbox. When it arrives the 1.0 litre petrol version will be the cheapest model in the range with a price tag of £20,230. Courier Motoring has yet to get its hands on the car but early reviews have been very positive and Audi looks to have yet another winner on its hands. jmckeown@thecourier.co.uk

Road tests

Audi Q2 puts quality over size

March 21 2018

Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km

Motoring news

Form an orderly Q for Audi SUV

August 10 2016

First there was the Q7. Then the Q5 and Q3. All have been a phenomenal success for Audi. I’d be surprised if that script changes when the Q2 arrives in November. Audi’s baby SUV is available to order now with prices starting at £22,380. Can’t quite stretch to that? Don’t worry, an entry level three-cylinder 1.0 litre version will be available later this year with a cover tag of £20,230. From launch, there are three trim levels available for the Q2 called SE, Sport and S Line. The range-topping Edition #1 model will be available to order from next month priced from £31,170. While the entry-level 113bhp 1.0-litre unit isn’t available right away, engines you can order now include a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel and 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit, both with manual or S tronic automatic transmissions. Also joining the Q2 line-up from September is the 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 148bhp or 187bhp. This unit comes with optional Quattro all-wheel drive. A 2.0 litre petrol with Quattro and S tronic joins the range next year. Standard equipment for the new Audi Q2 includes a multimedia infotainment system with rotary/push-button controls, supported with sat-nav. Audi’s smartphone-friendly interface, 16in alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity and heated and electric mirrors are all also standard for the Audi. Along with the optional Audi virtual cockpit and the head-up display, the driver assistance systems for the Audi Q2 also come from the larger Audi models – including the Audi pre sense front with pedestrian recognition that is standard. The system recognises critical situations with other vehicles as well as pedestrians crossing in front of the vehicle, and if necessary it can initiate hard braking – to a standstill at low speeds. Other systems in the line-up include adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, traffic jam assist, the lane-departure warning system Audi side assist, the lane-keeping assistant Audi active lane assist, traffic sign recognition and rear cross-traffic assist.

Motoring news

Audi showcases raft of new cars

June 29 2016

Audi threw everything it had at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend, with no fewer than nine upcoming models making their UK debuts. One of the most interesting – and affordable – was the new Q2. Audi’s smallest crossover yet, it’ll sit underneath the Q3, Q5 and big ole Q7. It will be available as a front wheel drive or with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system. Under the skin there’s a choice of three TFSI petrol and three TDI diesels, with Audi’s 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol offering 114bhp, the 1.4 litre four-cylinder sitting below the 187bhp 2,.0 litre TFSI. Diesel options are the 1.6 litre TDI with 114bhp and a pair of 2.0 litre TDIs with 148bhp or 187bhp. It goes on sale later this summer with a starting price expected to be in the region of £20,000. At the other end of the price scale is the R8 V10 Spyder. The 553bhp supercar comes a year after the second generation coupe R8 was released. Audi reckons the new Spyder is 50 per cent stiffer than the last Spyder, and its canvas roof stows beneath a massive rear deck, able to open or close at speeds up to 31mph in 20 seconds. Fuel economy “improves” to just over 24mpg thanks to a new coasting function that idles the engine when it’s not needed. Expect it to cost around £130,000. In between those two extremes are a plethora of other upcoming Audis, including the new S5 Coupe, and the Audi TT RS which first revealed a year ago is hardly new but apparently it had never been seen in the UK before. A couple of Q7s were also at Goodwood, including the Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which returns a claimed 156mpg, and the SQ7 – a diesel with 429bhp. There was also the refreshed A3 range. Audi’s upmarket Golf rival has been given a styling refresh along with a few new engine options. Following a trend for downsizing, there’s a 1.0 litre three -cylinder petrol unit, while a powerful 2.0 petrol engine also joins the range.

Page To Plate

Simon says…MasterChef champ reflects on a ‘crazy’ year

May 21 2016

He's cooked in world-class kitchens, just released a cookbook, landed a "dream job" and has plans to open up a business... Simon Wood's been busy since last year's MasterChef win. He tells Gemma Dunn why it's "all good". For lifelong foodie Simon Wood, a career in the kitchen was always a case of 'when', rather than 'if'. "I've always wanted to cook, I've always watched cookery shows, I've always read cookbooks and I've always wanted to be involved in that. In any concept," the 39-year-old recalls. "So if I can get a cookery TV show, I want one. If I can write a cookery book, I want to do it. If I can win MasterChef, I want to do it." And he's a man of his word. Since applying for, and winning, MasterChef 2015 - "I got into work one morning and someone had sent me an email that really rubbed me up the wrong way. I applied and never looked back" - Simon, dubbed the series' brightest ever talent, has enjoyed a whirlwind of success. "It's been crazy; it's been the quickest year of my life. The best but the quickest," quips the Mancunian, who counts stints at Simon Rimmer's Greens Restaurant, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, and Theo Randall at the InterContinental among his exploits. "It was a massive culture shock, though. Sometimes I still wake up and think, 'Oh God, it's really real', but I've done so much and there's so much more to come." Rapidly ticking off his bucket list, the father-of-four is seriously busy - first with his debut cookbook, At Home With Simon Wood. "I want people to look at the book and say, 'My God, look at that; I couldn't do it', but then actually have a good read and think, 'Yes I can'," he enthuses of the book's 'fine dining made simple' ethos. "Do you know what? There's one dish in there that uses one ingredient - cauliflower! There are some spices but essentially it's cauliflower and, to me, it looks outstanding. If someone can generate that dish with some inspiration from my book then I'll be made up. "Don't be scared of doing it wrong: just learn and practise," he adds. There's a section dedicated to the art of plating up, too, and chapters covering a range of themes, including salads, non-gluten, pasta, meat, sweet things, the sea and vegetarian dishes. "Hopefully it will inspire people to turn out some good quality food for friends and family, and not spend a fortune doing it," says Simon, who suggests going for a taster course menu - five dishes, each from different sections of the book - for a well-balanced dinner party. While penning recipes is a straightforward process for the one-time burger-flipper, he admits whittling them down was slightly more complicated. "I don't dislike anything, so I find picking ingredients to put together really easy. The most difficult thing is what not to put in," he exclaims, laughing. As well as his book release, Wood recently landed his "dream job", as executive chef at his beloved Oldham Athletic AFC. "I'm going to be opening a fine dining restaurant [at the stadium] too," he reveals. "Initially, it will be a pop-up on the third Thursday of each month, called The Boardroom by Simon Wood. "I'm currently looking at premises [in Manchester] to open a business," he adds, "which is going to be somewhere that's relaxed and contemporary and that serves sophisticated dishes with a modern twist, using wholesome, enjoyable ingredients. I've worked in city centres, I know what people want and I know there's a gap I can fill. "So there's the book, the pop-up boardroom and the full business," Wood muses. "Busy is good. Busy is definitely good." Why not get busy in the kitchen yourself? Here are three of Simon's recipes to crack on with... :: GOAT'S CHEESE AND BEETROOT SALAD (Serves 4) 200g baby purple beetroot Olive oil Smoked sea salt (available in all good supermarkets) Balsamic vinegar (Wood recommends using Belazu but any brand will work) 1 candy striped beetroot (try your local greengrocer or farmer's market for the more unusual varieties of beetroot, or just use what you can find) 1 golden heritage beetroot Ice water Beetroot leaves 300g hard goat's cheese Cracked black pepper For the panna gratta: Stale ciabatta Olive oil Garlic clove Sea salt To make the panna gratta, take a stale ciabatta and either chop or use a processor to break down into small bite-size pieces and crumbs. In a large frying pan, add three tablespoons of oil and heat gently. With your knife, crush a garlic clove just enough crack it open and fry off until just brown. At that point, remove it from the oil and add in the breadcrumbs. Coat evenly and season with sea salt. Once they are starting to brown put them on a baking tray and toast gently in the oven for 10 minutes at 150C until dry and crunchy. These will keep for months in an airtight container. For the roasted baby beets: preheat your oven to 190C. Clean the baby purple beetroot and remove the root tip and cut off the stem and leaves. Set these aside for your garnish later. Toss the purple beetroots in olive oil and smoked sea salt and place into a roasting tray in the oven until softened. Check them after 45 minutes to an hour, then remove from the oven. Once cool enough to handle, scrape the skin off with a paring knife and dress in the balsamic vinegar. Next, very carefully peel the candy stripe and golden beetroots and using a mandoline or sharp knife slice around four pieces per person. Next take a 2.5cm cutter and cut a perfect circle out of the beetroot slices. Set these aside and boil a saucepan of salted water. Tidy the ends of the beetroot leaves and blanch for 30 seconds before dropping them into iced water. This will stop them cooking and keep that great colour. Drain the beetroot leaves on some kitchen paper and start to plate up, making sure you alternate the different varieties of beetroot. If you buy a good quality goat's cheese, you only need a little and it is perfect as it is. Use a small baller to create spheres of the cheese and then arrange around the beetroot. Add a twist of black pepper and finish the dish by piping dots of the balsamic vinegar around the beetroot and goat's cheese, and sprinkling over some panna gratta. :: CHARGRILLED LAMB CUTLETS WITH FETA AND AUBERGINE (Serves 4) For the lamb: 300g natural yoghurt 50ml olive oil Large bunch fresh oregano, chopped Salt and pepper 12 lamb cutlets For the aubergines: 8 baby aubergines Olive oil, for brushing 2 small red onions, peeled and halved 1 red chilli 50g black olives Salt and pepper To garnish: 150g feta In a food processor, blitz the yoghurt, olive oil and oregano and season well. Save a third of this for the garnish and then add the lamb cutlets to a bowl and coat well in the remaining marinade. Cook on a griddle until charred and nicely cooked, then set aside to rest. For the aubergines, brush with a little oil and season, then use the griddle pan to char and cook them through. Add some foil in a frying pan and gently burn the red onion. Finely slice the chilli and olives and use these along with the remaining yoghurt and oregano to garnish your plate. Finally crumble the feta over. :: TWISTED TIRAMISU (Serves 4) For the sponge fingers: 4 eggs, separated 150g caster sugar 100g plain flour 1/2tsp baking powder For the tiramisu: 600ml double cream 250g mascarpone 50ml Marsala wine 2tbsp kirsch 1 tin of pitted black cherries, chopped 5tbsp golden caster sugar 25g dark chocolate, grated 300ml espresso coffee 2tsp cocoa powder, to garnish Candied cherries, to garnish For the sponge fingers, preheat the oven to 200C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Place the egg whites into a bowl and whisk until you have soft peaks. Add two tablespoons of sugar and continue whisking until it is shiny and you have stiff peaks. Take another bowl and beat the egg yolks and the rest of the sugar until they are thick and pale yellow in colour. Separately, sift the flour and baking powder. Fold half of the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture, followed by the flour and baking powder. Then add the remaining egg whites and add the mixture to a piping bag. Pipe out neat, evenly-sized fingers onto the baking tray and bake for seven minutes. For the tiramisu: whisk the cream until soft peaks form. In a separate bowl, mix the mascarpone, Marsala, kirsch, a little of the black cherry syrup and the sugar. Gently combine with the whipped cream, then stir in the chopped black cherries. Pour the coffee into a large bowl and add half the sponge fingers. Turn them until they are soaked, but not soggy, then layer them into a large serving dish or individual bowls. Spread over half of the cream mixture and some grated chocolate. Then soak the remaining sponge fingers and repeat the layers, finishing with the creamy layer. Cover and chill for at least three hours. To plate, dust with cocoa and grated chocolate and decorate with candied cherries to serve. :: At Home With Simon Wood: Fine Dining Made Simple by Simon Wood is published by Meze Publishing, priced £20. Available now THREE OF THE BEST... Salad dressings :: Waitrose Italian Dressing, £1.86 for 235ml (Waitrose) Delicious and light, this simple vinaigrette is a staple for those who enjoy their salads come summer. Give it a good shake before use! :: Mary Berry's Salad Dressing, £2.95 for 240ml (Tesco) She's known as the queen of bakes - but it turns out Mary Berry can make a delicious dressing too. Offering a thicker texture than the average dressing, its sweet combination of rapeseed oil, white wine vinegar and mustard is sure to perk up any salad. :: Pizza Express House Dressing, £2 for 235ml (Sainsbury's) Honed and perfected over 30 years, it's no wonder this delicious, creamy dressing is Pizza Express' most popular. Blending olive oil and herbs, it packs a punch drizzled over salad leaves, pizza or pasta, or atop roasted vegetables.

Fife

‘It’s just a bit of a laugh’ Home-made video series shows why Newport-on-Tay is the place to be

September 15 2015

It may only have a population of around 8,000, but one Newport-on-Tay man is determined to put the small Fife coastal town well and truly on the map. Self-styled local historian and social anthropologist Simon Rankin has helped to create an irreverent new documentary series which aims to take viewers on a tour of the sights, sounds and smells of the town he calls home. ‘Newport-on-Tay: A Place To Be’ is first and foremost designed to boost tourism for the area, but Simon, 45, also acknowledges that his documentary series is likely to raise a few laughs as it highlights Newport tourism ‘hotspots’ including The Big Rock - a natural phenomenon that sits on the banks of the Tay - and also the town’s historic community centre. Indeed, the first episode shows Simon exploring all that The Big Rock has to offer all set to some of the catchiest music you’ll hear this year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OIgy2WLF9Y “It’s just a bit of a laugh to be honest,” Simon told The Courier. “I was doing stuff on Facebook, we made a wee film about Newport-on-Tay and then 20 or 30 people liked it. “Then within a day or so 2,000-odd people liked it, so we’re glad it’s doing well online. “We’ve done two episodes so far and the third is likely to be out in two weeks’ time, so we hope people enjoy it. “The reaction so far has been really positive.” Simon, who has worked alongside friends Raz Ullah and Mark Urban on the project, didn’t want to give too much away about the forthcoming third episode, although The Courier can reveal that the woodland walk through local landmark Berry’s Den could well feature. “Somebody came up to me and said: “I watched your video and we were laughing at it are you meant to laugh?’,” he added. “Of course, it’s meant to be an affectionate look at Newport-on-Tay and all its sights and sounds.”

Rocktalk

Award-winning Tayside song writer Eddie Cairney immortalises Queensferry Crossing in tune

October 25 2017

An award-winning Tayside song writer who immortalised the 50th anniversary of the Tay Road Bridge in music last year has released an EP which pays tribute to the newly opened Queensferry Crossing over the Forth. Perth-born Eddie Cairney, 65, who now lives in Arbroath, has released an album called ‘Sketches o' the QC’ which includes songs dedicated to the “isolated” workers who were employed during construction and contrasts the old Forth Road Bridge to the new crossing with its wind shields designed to keep traffic flowing during storms. Eddie, who delayed the release of the album due to family illness and bereavement, said: “It's just another quirky album like I did for the Tay Road Bridge. https://youtu.be/Z6BblA_Zev4 “As you can probably imagine, how do you write six songs about a bridge? “I usually end up using a process of creative journalism. I get a few facts or even just a single fact and then I let my imagination take over. “With each album early on in the writing process I draw a blank and think there's nothing here I can write about but there's always something to write about. “You just have to hang around long enough and it comes eventually. https://youtu.be/a9NyQAFjDsY “I just took threads from here and there. I was going to call the album The Queensferry Crossing but thought that was a bit boring so I went for Sketches o' the Q.C. “It introduces a bit of ambiguity. If you Google the name you get lots of drawings of court scenes!” Eddie was inspired to write Columba Cannon after reading an article about the general foreman for the foundations and towers. https://youtu.be/y_y1y8oV7vo Eddie said: “It was the name that got me and that gave me the first line of the song "He is a bridge builder wi a missionary zeal" Has to be with a name like Columba!” Fishnet bridge was set in a meditative light, describing the bridge as a “thing of beauty that looks like a big fish net glistening high above the Forth but it is a symbolic fishnet with the song taking the form of an imaginary conversation with the bridge.” https://youtu.be/dJgsl2WQ5G0   “Midday starvation came from an article which highlighted the isolation of the workers working high up on the bridge,” he added. https://youtu.be/Dme-bfCXHRI “If you forget your piece you've had it and you starve for there's no nipping round to the corner shop for a pie. The article also said that a local pizza delivery firm regularly delivered a pallet load of warm pizzas to the bridge so that was "midday salvation"! Meanwhile, The boys frae the cheese is a play on words. https://youtu.be/phtQ2-Xx1I0 He added: “I read an article that said The Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) could have acted sooner and avoided the costly closure of the bridge at the end of 2015.” Eddie is no stranger to music and song influenced by Dundee and wider Scottish history. In 2015 he featured in The Courier for his efforts to put the complete works of Robert Burns to music. With a piano style influenced by Albert Ammons, Champion Jack Dupree and Memphis Slim, and a song-writing style influenced by Matt McGinn, Michael Marra and Randy Newman, the former Perth High School pupil, who wrote the 1984 New Zealand Olympic anthem, has organised a number of projects over the years including the McGonagall Centenary Festival  for Dundee City Council in 2002. Last year’s Tay Road Bridge album included a tribute to 19th century poet William Topas McGonagall and also honoured Hugh Pincott – the first member of the public to cross the Tay Road Bridge in 1966. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y51tixl9GEs Thanks to The Courier, he also became one of the first to cross the Queensferry Crossing  when it opened to the public in the early hours of August 30.

Perth & Kinross

Culinary dimension added to Perth Show

July 28 2016

For more than 150 years Perth Show has been a popular, once a year meeting point for the people of the city and the farming community. The show - now the third largest of its type in Scotland – remains as always a showcase for champion livestock but this year holds a much wider appeal for visitors. To be held on Friday and Saturday August 5 and 6 on the South Inch, throughout the two days, trade stands, sideshows, entertainment, activities, music and parades all add to the vibrancy of the show along with a new culinary direction. “For the first time, Perth Show is set to feature a cookery theatre and food and drink marquee,” said show secretary Neil Forbes. “This will bring a new and popular dimension to the visitor attraction. “Perth Show 2016 is also delighted to welcome Perthshire On A Plate (POAP) - a major food festival, celebrating the very best in local produce and culinary talent. “Organised by Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, the two-day festival will run as part of the show and feature celebrity and local chefs, demonstrations and tastings, book signings, food and drink related trade stands, fun-filled activities for ‘kitchen kids’ and a large dining area and pop-up restaurants in a double celebration of food and farming.” Heading the celebrity chef line-up are television favourite Rosemary Shrager (Friday) and spice king Tony Singh (Saturday), backed by a host of talented local chefs including Graeme Pallister (63 Tay Street) and Grant MacNicol (Fonab Castle). The cookery theatre, supported by Quality Meat Scotland, will also stage a fun cookery challenge between students from Perth College and the ladies of the SWI. A range of pop-up restaurants featuring taster dishes from some of the area’s best known eating places will allow visitors to sample local produce as they relax in the show’s new POAP dining area. “We’re trying to create a wide and varied programme of entertainment,” said Mr Forbes. “Late afternoon on Friday will see the It’s A Knockout  challenge with teams from businesses throughout Perth and Perthshire competing against each other. “And the first day’s programme will end with a beer, wine and spirit festival where teams can celebrate their achievements and visitors can sample a wide range of locally produced drinks.” This year will also see the reintroduction of showjumping at Perth Show on the Saturday afternoon.

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