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Fun with Food

A school's cookery project
Portsoy : Whitehills  :  FordyceAberchirder : Banff  :  Bracoden  :  Macduff  : King Edward  :

Young chefs demonstrating at the Food Fayre - click here

In conjunction with NHS Grampian and Banff Community School, the Festival is delighted to be involved with a new and exiting healthy living project which is taking place in all the Primary Schools in the Banff Community Schools Network area. Our special thanks to Jill Smith for all her hard work.

The project involves children with their parents or guardians devising a traditional recipe for either a main meal or a healthy snack. The winner from each school will then recreate their recipe in the Food Fayre at the boat festival. (Note - the winners from Bracoden and Fordyce will not be able to demonstrate)

Food has been supplied from local producers and traditional cooking methods have been used. This gives the children and their families the opportunity to try traditional recipes and develop new ones with local food. A booklet of the recipes has now been produced.

Reports (with photos) are included in this page.

The sponsors who have kindly donated ingredients are Downies, Whitehills, Stuart Gauld, Fruit & Veg, Co-op (Portsoy) and Portsoy Ice Cream Shop.

Banff Rotary Club have kindly sponsored the buying of folders and the copying of information to enable the children to compile a "Fun with Food" folder showing all aspects of the project, details of recipes used, and information on healthy eating and living.

Portsoy Primary School

From mid January to early February cooking skills classes for Primary 6 children with parents or guardians have been taking place at Portsoy Primary School. These have been masterminded by Stephen Hounsom, Health Information Assistant with able support from Carol Gartly, Training Supervisor School Kitchens, Linda Jackson, Canteen Supervisor, Anne Miller, Cook and Kirsty Reid, volunteer.

The children had interesting comments to make when they tasted fish, a few of them for the first time! During their four weeks they made Cullen Skink, Broth, Wholemeal Scones, Oat Biscuits, Fish Cakes and Fruit Smoothies.

Sheila Sellar, Health Improvement Assistant came along to Portsoy Primary School on the 7th February and judged the recipes. She admitted that "it was a very difficult task as they were all so good". Hannah Pert was judged the winner and received a children's cook book. All the children received certificates and a voucher sponsored by Portsoy Ice Cream Shop enabling them to receive either an ice cream/sorbet or a milk shake as a treat at the end of the project.

Photo-report from Portsoy

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Back - Left to right - Natassia Innes, Rebecca Miller, Anna Murray

Front - left to right - Erin Sutherland, Hannah Pert, Mark Stuart, Shane Gerrie, Daniel McGregor

Jill Smith of the Banff Community School tasting the dish of fish cakes, spicy potato wedges and vegetables made by the children.

Some of the parents and children who took part. In the background (left) are Stephen Hounsom, Health Information Assistant, who was responsible for preparing and cooking the food with the children and (right) Alex Murray, Portsoy Ice Cream Shop, sponsor of the project who has kindly provided vouchers for an ice cream/sorbet or milk shake for each child to receive as a treat at the end of their four weeks

Gordon Masson representing Banff Rotary Club, and Margaret Simpson representing the Co-op with Erin Sutherland and Shane Gerrie two of the Portsoy Primary 6 pupils taking part in the project

Sheila Sellar, Health Improvement Assistant judged the children's recipes, here she is presenting a certificate and book to Hannah Pert our winner from P6 Portsoy Primary School.


Alex Murray presenting a voucher to Hannah Pert who was the overall winner from Portsoy Primary School and will cook her winning recipe at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. Hannah received a children's cook book as her winning prize

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Photo Report from Whitehills

Some of the children from P6 & P7 at Whitehills Primary School, cooking up a hearty pan of soup

Prize winner Will Doman

Photo report from Fordyce

The photos are mainly by Kevin Wyman - one of the participant's father.

The children were making Fish Cakes, Spicy Potato Wedges and serving them with carrots. They were also making scones, oat biscuits and fruit smoothies which were all absolutely delicious. One of the participants did not like bananas or so he told us but he seemed to find the fruit smoothies delicious so maybe we have converted him.  

The cooks helping with the project are Sheila Sellar who judged at Portsoy, Ian McLennan who has also helped the children cook at Ordiquhill, Ann Miller who was a fantastic help at both Portsoy and as a cook at Fordyce and our phantom dish washer Mabel. The recipies were judged by Helen McKenzie a Health Improvement Assistant.


Our winner at Fordyce school was Francesca and she received a children's cook book. All the children received certificates for participating in the project and Mrs Joyce Murray from Portsoy Ice Cream Shop presented the children with vouchers for a special treat from the Portsoy Ice Cream Shop.  



Photo report from Aberchirder

Foggie pupils learning all about fish from Alan Stewart of Downies, Whitehills Foggie pupils playing the plate game and learning about the foods that we should eat more of.
Foggie pupils chopping up carrots for broth Foggie pupils smiling for the camera after getting their veg ready for the soup
Jill Smith, Banff Community schools, Health Co-ordinator speaks to the pupils about next weeks recipies Foggie pupils and parents prepare evaluation forms
Amy Duguid from Aberchirder Primary School receives her prize of a children's cook book from Moira, Health Improvement Assistant who had the difficult task of judging the recipies Foggie pupils with their winning certificates smile proudly for the camera along with Moira who judged the recipies and the school cook who was a fantastic help cooking with the children


Photo report from Banff

Pupils from Banff Primary School making scones with the help from the school cook Banff Primary School pupils making wholemeal scones with the help of Stephen the Health improvement assistant.
Glazing the scones and getting ready to put them in the oven. The children who took part in the Fun for Food project at Banff primary Scool along with Stephen, the HIA, the school cook and Nessie our helper and very efficient dishwasher from the Boat festival committee.
Kennedy Duncan receiving her prize from Karen Oldman of Banff and Buchan College who judged the recipes Banff Primary School children who took part in the Fun with Food project receive their certificates


Photo report from Bracoden


Prize winner Shaunie Buchan


Photo report from Macduff

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Ian McLennan presents the prize to Stephanie Hunt

Photo Report from King Edward

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Moira Craigen presents the prize to Nathan Elrick

Photo Report from Ordiquhill

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The fish tasting session led by Alan Stewart of Downies, Whitehills


Jessica Philip receiving her prize and certificate from Carol who judged their recipes

Young chefs demonstrating at the Food Fayre