Scotland’s largest celebration of Scottish food & drink will open its doors on Friday 12th September.
Eat Drink Discover Scotland, billed as the ultimate celebration of food and drink in Scotland, is a three-day foodie extravaganza, bringing together over a hundred exhibitors showcasing top notch Scottish food & drink, a stellar line-up of celebrity chefs and a packed programme of demonstrations, tastings, talks and sampling sessions.
Not everyone knows there is goat meat in Keith, chillies grown in Galloway, chocolate from Cowdenbeath or tea blenders in Leith – that’s why Eat Drink Discover Scotland is dedicated to highlighting the incredible produce that comes out of Scotland. The show will be laid out in eleven regional zones – Perthshire, Grampian, Dundee & Angus, Kingdom of Fife, Highlands and Islands, Ayrshire, Arran & Argyll, Greater Glasgow & the Clyde Valley, Loch Lomond The Trossachs and the Forth Valley, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and Edinburgh and Lothians – meaning visitors can taste their way round the country, in one day and under one roof. There’s also a specialist Chocolate Zone for those with a sweet tooth.
Wild and Scottish, Strathearn Distillery, The Puffer Food Company and Nairns Oatcakes are among the diverse range of businesses showcasing their Scottish produce at the event. What’s more, many of the exhibitors will be launching brand new products, so it’s a great opportunity to be first in line to see what’s coming to the market, whether you’re a consumer or a buyer.
The weekend programme will also feature a ‘Skills Cookery Theatre’ hosted by chef, cookery writer, and unofficial food ambassador for Fife, Christopher Trotter. Starring food producers exhibiting at the show, tried and tested cooking techniques will be demonstrated as well as the latest food trends. On the menu will be chocolate workshops, cocktail making, game butchery and artisan pie making.
Taking regional foods to create spectacular dishes will fall to award-winning chefs Tony Singh, Adam Handling, Scott Davies, Mark Greenaway, Neil Forbes and Jacqueline O’Donnell. With numerous accolades under their belts, the sizzling six will be creating spectacular regional dishes with seasonal produce plucked from the fields and seas of Scotland. The star chefs will also lead hands-on masterclass sessions where members of the public can cook along with their culinary idols. We love this idea and can’t wait to see you all in action 🙂
Friday Night Feast
The Friday evening of the event has been billed as the ‘Friday Night Feast’. Open until 8pm, the public have been invited to drop in from 5pm-8pm for a reduced-price entry to kick start their weekends with foodie events, special treats or even just for a bite to eat.
Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight
Eat Drink Discover Scotland is one of the highlights of the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2014. An annual celebration, this year the fortnight runs from 6th-21st September, during which there will be a calendar of events aimed at encouraging people to try some new food adventures such as foraging, visiting a pick your own farm or even just trying a new product or recipe.
Created to promote the healthy, locally sourced food and drink available throughout the country, the 2014 celebration aims to be the biggest yet. The festival will also act as an excellent introduction the Scottish Government’s 2015 Year of Food and Drink celebrations.
Eat Drink Discover Scotland has been put together by the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).
Chief Executive, Stephen Hutt, said:
“Our vision when creating this event was to provide a unique regional showcase. At Eat Drink Discover Scotland you can truly taste Scotland in one day – from Orkney Lamb to Galloway Chillies – all regions are represented.”
Tickets for the must-attend food and drink event of the year are on sale now.
With over 100 producers showing off their goods, it would take us ages to list them all but instead we’ve picked out a few of our favourites:
- Peelham Farm Produce
- Galloway Chillies
- The Wee Fudge Company
- Union of Genius
- The Big Cheese Making Kit
- Pickled in Scotland
- Eden Brewery St Andrews
- Perthshire Oatcakes
- Seriously Good Venison
- Berry Good
A full list of all exhibitors can be found HERE.
· Organised by Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS)
· Advance Tickets £12.50(£10) Children under 15 go free
· Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston
· Free Parking
· Opening times: Friday 12noon-8pm Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 10am-5pm
So if you’ve not got a ticket yet, there’s plenty of time to sort that out. Make sure you be adventurous, try lots of new food and bring plenty of money! We know we’ll be spending because good Scottish food is worth it!