The 5pm Dining blog finds that the best antidote to Monday mornings is to look ahead to the next weekend.
This weekend, there is food-themed fun to be had at Scone Parklands by Perth. The GWCT Scottish Game Fair opens on Friday 1st July and runs until Sunday 3rd.
Billed as ‘Scotland’s largest game fair’, it is the annual showcase for the nation’s country pursuits sector.
Fishing and falconry
If fishing, falconry or off-road driving have ever tickled your fancy, then the Game Fair is the place to learn more.
We have always preferred the slightly dafter attractions such as the terrier races and the dog ‘n’ duck displays.
More serious events include the gun dog trials and the fly casting competitions.
This 5pm Dining blog scribbler has, usually unsuccessfully, cast the occasional fly at a fish but we’re generally more interested in the plated end product of all that hunting, shooting and fishing.
Happily, the GWCT Scottish Game Fair has plenty to stop bellies from rumbling.
As well as bars, food stalls, a catering marquee and a food hall with more than 50 exhibitors, the fair has a cookery theatre in which leading lights of the Scottish food scene will be rattling their pans.
The timetable for the programme is here.
We liked the look of the look of the butchery demo from Peelham Farm and assorted Forgotten Foods demos from Christopher Trotter.
The author and chef will be working with mutton, tongue, brawn and rabbit. These are all meats which used to be much more commonplace but have recently fallen off the radar a little.
Given the current interest in nose-to-tail eating, Chef Trotter hopes to show these traditional ingredients in a new light.
Another highlight will be Three Sisters Bake, who are returning to the Cookery Theatre to showcase their fantastic bakery displays.