The 177th Royal Highland Show starts tomorrow at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston.
Some 6000 farmyard animals and an expected 180,000+ visitors will attend the four day event.
It has several aims. First of all, it is a great day out for families with a huge variety of things to see, do and eat.
Royal Highland Show: building bridges
The Royal Highland Show is also intended to bridge the gap between town and countryside. It aims to build bridges between the people who produce our food and us, the consumers. It is also a massive social event for rural communities.
It is hard to overstate how diverse the Royal Highland Show is. To start with, there are some 900 competitions running and these range from prizes for knitting a pair of stripy socks in 4-ply yarn to Beef Cattle Champion.
There will be horse shoe-making displays, falconry and music that swings from Absolute Elvis to massed pipes and drums. From the Quack Commandos to birds of prey displays and chainsaw carving, there is something for everyone.
If you need to buy a tractor or have a hankering to watch the Scottish Pole-Climbing Championship then you need to be at the Royal Highland Show this weekend.
Of course, the 5pm Dining blog is less concerned with who wins the sheep shearing contest than it is with tucking in to all the fine food on show.
Scotland’s Larder Live
The Scotland’s Larder Live space will have more than a hundred exhibitors showing their wares and offering samples. From Eden Mill distillers to Mhor Bread, Scotland’s best food producers will be selling and sampling on site.
The Cookery Theatre offers live demonstrations, tastings and talks. Familiar faces, and old hands, such as Neil Forbes of Café St Honoré and Fred Berkmiller of l’escargot restaurants will be giving demos alongside more recently recognised talent such as Adam Newth of The Tayberry in Broughty Ferry.
We suggest that you breakfast lightly before heading along.
Children aged fifteen and under go free. Tickets here.