Visitors to this year’s Royal Highland Show can snack and dine with a clear conscience, as the Royal Highland Food Charter is launched, with the support of each of the show’s on-site caterers and the backing of key food industry bodies. In a benchmark move, the Show has worked with its 37 food traders to ensure every burger, ice cream and crepe is of the highest quality and, where possible, has been locally sourced and ethically farmed.
The Show is already at the forefront of providing exceptional food experiences; the new charter will highlight the existing high quality already being attained, and will set a threshold standard for all new food and drink traders.
Stephen Hutt, Chief Executive of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), said: “Scotland boasts some of the best natural produce in the world, much of which can be seen, tasted and bought at the Show. The Charter is a positive response to the increasing demand for high quality, locally sourced and ethically farmed food and drink.”
Gilbert Thomson from Country Refreshments, who have been serving their products at the Royal Highland show for the past 30 years, said of the new charter: “We are working to produce labels for each of our products that tell the consumer the area that it has been produced in, along with the exact provider, in line with the Royal Highland Show Food Charter guidelines. This gives the customer the chance to see exactly what they are buying and eating - and they know exactly where it has come from. It's a great way to represent Scotland's food and drink.”
Along with The Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup and The Year of Homecoming Scotland, The Royal Highland Show supports the Scottish Food & Drink Industry’s vision to ensure that, by 2015, Scotland will be recognised for its premium products and its growing reputation for producing healthy, natural food and drink.
The Royal Highland Show runs from 19th June -22nd June 2014. Check out the website for more information or to book your tickets.