Celebration of local produce to take place

From left to right: Rev. David Mumford, Dr Wendy Wrieden, Nigel Don MSP, Mrs Liz Howson (head teacher, Andover Primary School) and Evelyn Clark.

From left to right: Rev. David Mumford, Dr Wendy Wrieden, Nigel Don MSP, Mrs Liz Howson (head teacher, Andover Primary School) and Evelyn Clark.

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Brechin’s Transition City group has launched a ‘Harvest Meal Challenge’ for local pupils as they return to school this week.

The group plan to hold a celebration of local produce and need help to plan the dishes on offer and so invited schools from the Brechin cluster to enter the Harvest Meal Challenge.

The celebration will take place at Andover School in late September, with children from the after school cooking group helping to prepare the dishes.

Mrs Liz Howson, headteacher at Andover Primary School, is organising visits through the Royal Highland Education Trust for the pupils to meet food producers.

And Dr Wendy Wrieden, a local resident and a registered nutritionist from Robert Gordon University will be checking that the dishes are healthy and nutritious.

The celebration meal coincides with Scottish food and drink fortnight, the annual celebration of Scotland’s fantastic produce and comes shortly after the Taste of Angus festival.

Angus north and Mearns MSP Nigel Don said: “I am delighted to see this partnership between Transition City Brechin, local schools, local producers and the Robert Gordon University to encourage the community to work together to enjoy our wonderful healthy Scottish food.

“I look forward to tasting the exciting dishes that the pupils design and produce.”

The aims of Transition groups include promotion and provision of affordable fresh food and the generation of clean energy–to shift communities away from our dependence on oil.

Angus produces a wealth of foods including soft fruit, all sorts of vegetables, salads, potatoes, oats and other grains, salmon, beef, lamb, pork, chicken, eggs and milk. Rapeseed grown in Angus fields is processed into cooking oil that can be used in food preparation.