Throughout the autumn of 2012 Simon Preston, a creative food consultant based in Edinburgh, worked with local people to unearth Huntly's food identity.
Huntly was once a market town; it serviced the local community, acting as a centre for the sale and distribution of local, and perhaps not so local, produce. We can imagine that, like many other small towns across Scotland, the food eaten locally was seasonal and determined by what was available: what the farmers could grow, what the land had to offer, and of course local taste. Today we would call this a local food culture–a connnection between the food we eat and the place we live in. But over the years local produce has become less of a determining factor, traditional recipes have been forgotten or ignored as tastes have changed. Is it possible to re-invent a meaningful food culture for a place that no longer has one?