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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Royal Highland Show Roundup

The 2014 Royal Highland Show took place at Ingleston park over the weekend of 19th-22nd June with over 175,000 visitors attending the event over the four days. As well as supporting farming, the show plays a large part in delivering the aims of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland by promoting and raising awareness of farming and rural matters to the public. The society's long history of Commonwealth connections draws visitors from across the globe and adds something quite special to the social life at the Royal Highland Show.
Thanks to press passes being arranged by the Show's marketing firm O'Leary PR, myself and Nicola made the journey along the m8 in order to attend the show on the closing day to see what all the fuss was about.
When we arrived, just after 10am on a glorious Sunday morning, the car parks were already filling up. The Show starts early every day, no surprise when there are farmers involved, especially when theirs business to be done. Each year thousands of pounds worth of business takes place at The Show whether in machinery, livestock or services, The Show contributes millions into the Scottish economy each year. With over 5000 entries from all over the UK and Ireland, the show lives up to its "Best Event" award with a magnificent display of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, horses and poultry.
Whilst the show is primarily a celebration of the farming and rural community, it's not just cows and combine harvesters. The show has something for everybody and whilst I was there with the sole intention of introducing Gerry's Kitchen to the food and drink producers who were exhibiting their products, there was plenty going on to keep us entertained.
For those with a passion for shopping, The Show catered for all tastes and budgets with dedicated areas dotted across the park including;
  • Shopping Arcade & Marquee and Crafts Zone – gorgeous items of desire including home
  • Equestrian Village – everything you need for both horse and rider
  • Outdoor Living – a huge selection for your garden from plants to Swedish barbecue huts
  • Motor Zone – looking for new car, pick-up vehicle, quad-bike or motorbike ? Most major manufacturers were represented at the Show
  • Lifestyle Village – as the name suggests, this was where you could find the latest lifestyle accessories from phones to spa baths, swimming pools and furniture
  • Food & Drink Hall – a huge hall filled with local and national food and drink producers with plenty of samples to taste, and demonstrations to watch
I loved the Food & Drink Hall and although all of the exhibitor stands were always busy, I did manage to recruit a few producers for some up and coming '5 Questions' posts and have already had some answers back for future posts. As well as buying a few bits and pieces myself, I was also kindly given a selection of products from Harbour Salmon to try out - you can check out the product review here.
We had a great day at the show and after a long day of walking around in the sun, we made our way back to the car. As luck would have it, we passed the stand where Nick Nairn was finishing of his cookery demonstration so I hung around to day thanks to him for having recently answer his own set of '5 Questions' - not a bad way to round off our day at The Royal Highland Show.

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