Lanark’s ‘Festive Taste’ event took place on Saturday 15th December, and the whole community was invited to take part with something for all ages to enjoy. The ‘Festive Taste of Lanark’ event is all about encouraging the community to shop locally and discovering the wide range of businesses on your doorstep.
The Tolbooth acted as the ‘Festive Taste’ hub for the day with a range of activities inside including fundraising fun & games, mince pies & mulled wine, a craft fair upstairs with local crafters and current exhibition Crackers for Art. In the evening, the Tolbooth played host to a special Whisky tasting event with Robin Laing the Whisky Bard – a true cultural ambassador for Scotch whisky.
From the Tolbooth, participants could pick up their copy of the ‘Festive Taste Trail’. A bit like a ‘treasure trail for adults’, this lead them on a trail around the town centre enjoying samples and tasty bites along the way! 10 local eateries and shops took part in the ‘Festive Taste Trail’ offering delicious samples such as homemade cakes, pies, pigs in blankets, gin and mini hot meals.
Entertainment was provided throughout the day by Lanark Amateur Musical Society Carol Singers, and the Leadhills Silver Band who both provided an extra-special festive cheer to the day’s atmosphere. FROZEN characters Anna, Elsa and Olaf also visited to say hello to lots of young families.
The highlight of the day’s festivities was the annual Santa Dash Horse Parade by Scottish Equi Centre. ‘Santas’ young and old took part in the parade on horseback, accompanied by their ‘elf’ helpers.
The ‘Festive Taste’ event has been running since 2012, after being started by the Royal Burgh of Lanark Community Council, as a way of encouraging locals and visitors to shop in the town centre.
The event is now part of Lanark’s Winterfest Programme, coordinated by Lanark Community Development Trust, which includes over 40 festive events taking place in the town in November and December. Click here to read more about the programme and view the full calendar of events.