The Cooking Cèilidh

Culture Café invites you to a celebration of the people and creativity in Moray, hosted by theatre practitioner and Culture Café Animateur Rachael Macintyre.

Rachael would like to bring everyone together for a zoom cèilidh; an afternoon of music, poetry, storytelling, and, in true Culture Café style, food!

A cèilidh, in its most basic form, simply means a visit. Traditionally a cèilidh would be a social gathering where people shared stories, poems, music, riddles, proverbs, and thoughts. Everyone would take part in contributing and listening, discussions and laughter. We invite you all to join us, and to take part in offering something to the virtual room. It’s not a performance, but a sharing, which we hope will bring us all together in joyful celebration.

And what would a Culture Café event be without a bit of food? In equal celebration of Moray’s creativity, Rachael would also like to celebrate the delicious food we have available to us by starting off the event with a “bake along”. Join Rachael in baking some tasty Rhubarb and Seaweed muffins. Rhubarb straight from our gardens, apples from our trees, and seaweed straight from our shores. She will post the recipe and ingredients online, but for those who aren’t able to access these ingredients easily, we are able to provide recipe packs, which will include flour, seaweed (sugar kelp and pepper dulce), baking powder, rhubarb and muffins. The seaweed has been harvested by local forager Daniel Lacasta Fitzsimmons.

Please contact us if you would like a recipe pack, we have 25 available.

Register below for the Zoom Cooking Cèilidh (registration will close at 15:30 on Monday 29 June.) You will receive an email on the day of the event giving you access to the Zoom meeting.

Rachael is a performer and director based in Forres, Moray, producing visual work for children under the name Jabuti Theatre. She combines her background in puppetry, with her love of aerial dance, physical theatre and movement to create highly visual performances for children and young people; touring her work across Scotland and internationally.

As well as theatre work, Rachael is also one half of Moray’s Flying Circus, teaching aerial and circus classes to children and adults in Dyke, Forres. She is also a workshop leader and facilitator, currently working with Highland One World on their European Start the Change project with teenagers in Inverness. She is passionate about connecting people and sharing experiences through creativity.


Rachael’s event involved participants all cooking the seaweed muffins at the same time live on Zoom! Everyone successful managed to bake the delicious muffins, have a cuppa and take part in some creative activities.

Other Animateurs

Culture Café Animateurs has been funded by the Scottish Government, via Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), to support contemporary artists or creative practitioners during the COVID-19 crisis, from the Supporting Communities Fund.