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Amateur bakers are being encouraged to get involved in food festival Taste of Nairn which has attracted a new sponsor

By Donald Wilson

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Rhona Patterson.
Rhona Patterson.

Taste of Nairn will take place over three days and its organisers Nairn BID are delighted to announce that Lifestyle Magazine has agreed to sponsor its first ever Showstopper CakeContest.

The contest had been due to run as a new addition to the 2020 Taste of Nairn, but the whole event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rhona Patterson, editor of Lifestyle Magazine which showcases the best of North Scotland and is produced every two months, said she was looking forward to the celebration of Nairn’s food and drink businesses.

“I am so excited to be involved and what better way to get back into events after the last two years, than by being the sponsor of a cake competition. It’s going to be great although I love cake, so not quite sure I’ll be able to pick just one winner.

“Everything has been put on hold for the last two years, so I am so pleased to be able to support Taste of Nairn get back on its feet.” Rhona will help to judge the cake competition which is open to all ages."

In true Bake-Off style, entrants will be asked to create their cake with a Nairn theme.

All of the entries will be on display at the Nairn Community & Arts Centre on Sunday, May 8 where a food and drink market including demonstrations and tasters is being held.

The winner who will take home a trophy and a ‘showstopper’ apron amongst other prizes will be announced that day.

Lucy Harding, Nairn BID Manager said: “A huge thank you to Rhona of Lifestyle Magazine for being our Showstopper sponsor. We are delighted to have her involved in this second taste of Nairn event. We have had so much support in various guises, but the sponsors really do make all the difference to making these events happen in the way that we want them to. Rhona’s support is much appreciated.”

To take part, all people have to do is drop their labelled creation to the community centre from midday on Sunday May 8 and the winner will be announced at 4pm.

Lucy said: “Taste of Nairn is coming together really well. Nairn BID is organising the food and drink market on May 7 and 8 and other businesses in the town are coming to us with their own satellite events which we will promote. We have food-related street theatre planned and we are currently working on a number of demonstrations that will take place over the course of the weekend too. There is going to be so much to see and do and it’s

really going to put Nairn’s food and drink offering on the map.”

Lucy added: “We are also creating a leaflet with a full programme of what is happening over the three days and already we have over 10 events to supplement the market, with over 50 businesses set to take part over the course of the three days.”

Last month, Nairn BID announced that the town’s very own Ashers Bakery as title sponsor of the event.

A key employer in the town, Ashers has been a family baker in Nairn since 1877 and is committed to supporting the local community.

For further information, please contact me at claire@clairedoughtypublicity.uk or call


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