On Saturday the 20th August 2016 the residents and friends of Abernyte came together in a wonderful event, organised by the Abernyte Community Interest Company and held in the Abernyte Playing Field, to help raise Abernyte Harvest Festival 2016funds for the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund. 

We were treated to stalls with books and plants for sale along with wonderful jams and chutneys made from local produce. There was competitions for an array of superb flowers and vegetables grown locally along with children's competitions which also produced some outstanding entries. The local Young Farmers ran a novel balloon filled tractor competition.

The full list of prize winners:

Children's Competition

Tallest Sunflower 1 Carrick Ramsay Pattullo Funniest Fruit or veg 1 Berger
  2 Stuart and Rosie Duncan   2 Stuart Duncan
  3 Airlie Ramsay Pattullo   3 Thomas Lyon
Miniature Garden 1 Carrick Ramsay Pattullo Posy of flowers 1 Eilidh Petrie
  2 Rosie Duncan   2 Lucy Duncan
  3 Anna McGoldrick   3 Ellen Lacoux

Adult Competition

Box of 5 Veg Tricia Neville 6 Potatoes Phil Lacoux
Salad Items Tricia Neville 3 Squash Gordon Nicoll
Posy of Herbs Juliette McSwan 6 Sweet peas Gordon Nicoll
3 Dahlias Tricia Neville Cottage garden flowers Cathy and Barry Caudwell
10 Soft Fruit Cathy and Barry Caudwell 4 Stone Fruit Claudia Lacoux
Humerous Veg Faff Cumming Best in Show Tricia Neville


We were also joined by two families of Syrian friends who are part of the refugee resettlement scheme and living in Dundee. They prepared some classic Syrian food which complimented the grand spread of the traditional barbeque and tray bakes.

Live music was provided by local musicians and refreshments by the Abernyte Brewery.  The weather was not perfect but it did not dampen the enthusiasm on the day.

Congratulations are due to all involved in the staging and running of the event which made a little over £2000 to be donated to the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund.