Kirriemuir Tattie Day 2024

On Saturday 24th February 2024, we held our annual Tattie Day in Kirriemuir to celebrate local, seasonal food.

In February we hosted Kirriemuir Tattie Day for a second year and it was a huge success! Over 550 people attended from across Angus and beyond. We exchanged over 150 packets of seeds, served hundreds of baked tatties & tattie-themed sweet treats in the pop-up cafe, and provided a platform for local producers to showcase their produce. All in all it was a fantastic day, if you were there, we hope you agree!

“This yearly event aims to bring people together to celebrate the humble tattie, exchange seeds, promote food growing and biodiversity, and encourage resilience in our food system.”

– Amandla Taylor, Sustainable Kirriemuir Project Manager

A Fantastic Day Shared With Fantastic People!

Our Action for Nature volunteers created a real buzz about the town hall. Building bird boxes (thanks to James Jones Sawmill at Logie for donating the wood!), giving out information on how to let the wild edges into your garden, and providing information on how to get involved with our projects. Our active travel volunteers were on hand with our fleet of E-bikes, chatting all things active and sustainable travel. The Community Garden volunteers sold out of garden produce in record time, giving them plenty of opportunity to chat with people about ways to get involved with growing. Angus Outdoor Learning were back again this year, providing lots of nature-themed crafts and activities.

Potato House provided seed tatties for sale, with over 45 varieties of organic, specialty and heritage, there were plenty to pick from. Tattie experts John M Marshall & Andrew Skea were about to answer any tattie-related questions.

As well as Potato House, we welcomed an array of local producers along to our pop-up market, selling local, seasonal and environmentally friendly products. Rosehip Eco Living, Rottal Vegetable Garden, Hemp it up, Incheoch Farms, The Black Cat Soap House, Scotia Seeds, Jist Jute and Winnie’s Cabin Crafts all loved the friendly atmosphere and excited buzz of the keen gardeners looking forward to a new growing season.

Why Does This Matter?

Growing our own food has a myriad of benefits, from getting gentle exercise, spending time outdoors and learning about where our food comes from. It’s also great for the environment to have a diverse and thriving garden!

Did You Know?

Over 70% of Scotland’s land is used for some form of agriculture. The practices used to manage this land can have a huge impact on air and water quality, as well as greenhouse gas emissions.

What are Sustainable Kirriemuir’s Food & Growing Aims?

We want to bring more locally grown food to our community, and promote skills to grow, store, and prepare food, and reduce food waste. We aim to do this by:

  • Growing as much local, seasonal, climate-friendly food as we can for our community.
  • Providing opportunities for learning, skill-sharing and experiencing the benefits of growing food and gardening.
  • Inspiring an appreciation for the value of food, especially local food, including preparation and storage skills, as well as reduced waste.
  • Promoting access to locally grown food for our community.

What can you do to help us achieve this?

  • Volunteer at our Community Garden at St. Mary’s Field or at our community events.
  • Share your skills and knowledge in food by becoming one of our community cooks!
  • Attending our food and growing themed workshops and events.
  • Telling your friends and family about us, and encouraging them to join in with our activities!
  • Shop local when you can, and try to reduce how much food you waste.
  • Try growing your own fruit and vegetables, tatties are an excellent place to start, and you can even grow them in a tattie sack if you don’t have any ground to grow them in!

The event was funded through donations, cafe profits, and stallholders’ fees along with funding from The National Lottery Community Fund. It was only made possible by the strength of volunteer support. A huge thank you goes out to our volunteers who made this event possible.

If you would like to volunteer to support Kirriemuir Tattie Day 2025, please get in touch! We’d love to have you on our ‘Tattie Team’!

Love Local and Seasonal Food?

Did you know we run a Community Garden in the centre of Kirriemuir, just beside St. Mary’s Church on West Hillbank? We are always looking for new volunteers who would like to spend some time putting their growing skills to good use, or learning the basics of nature-friendly growing. Visit our Community Garden page to find out more.