Leopard Feb 2015 coverWelcome to Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, which brings tremendous opportunities for local producers to showcase to the world the North-east’s richly diverse larder of products, and for all those involved in welcoming visitors to the region to support them. To celebrate this special year, we bring you The Kilted Kitchen Garden - a new column in Leopard magazine by Aberdeenshire celebrity chef Craig Wilson. On a similar theme, Brian Innes raises the profile of his favourite Northeast treat with a post-Burns Night rallying cry in praise of the humble mealie pudding!

Duncan Harley’s Our Town series continues with a fascinating visit to Montrose, past and present. Martin Pucci starts a new occasional series of medical local history articles with an appreciation of Oldmeldrum man Patrick Manson, and Mark Chalmers discovers it’s also a very special year for the Burgess Guild of Aberdeen City, which celebrates its 800th anniversary.

Judy Mackie, Editor