The Royal Highland Show showcases the very best of food, farming and rural life. Here are my top 17 reasons to visit the show this weekend 19th – 21st June.

 

  1. It’s not just for farmers. Show Manager, David Jackson, explains: “42% of visitors come to the Royal Highland Show to enjoy the food and drink.” This year the foodie aspects play a major role while the show still stays true to its agricultural roots.
  2. There’s live music. Have a boogie to Ceilidh Minogue! Yes, that really is the name of a band.
  1. It’s easy to get there. There are buses are running regularly from Edinburgh city centre. Check out the travel page for more info http://royalhighlandshow.org/travel-information Leave the car at home and enjoy some samples (see no.10)
  2. The people. Visitors come from all over Scotland and further afield giving the show a buzzing, friendly atmposhere.
  3. You can be confident about grabbing a bite to eat. The food outlets throughout the show park have passed the Year of Food and Drink Food Charter. So whether you fancy an ice-cream or a burger, you can rest assured that it is responsibly sourced and, where possible, bought locally.
  4. The livestock. Not just sheep. You can also see highland cows, donkeys and tiny ponies. Cuteness overload!RHS Grand Parade
  1. Scotland’s Larder Live is foodie heaven, featuring over 120 producers and showcasing the very best of Scottish produce. There’s samples galore so it’s the perfect opportunity to try something new. Also lots of the stands have special show prices and offers so you can pick up a bargain.
  1. There’s tonnes of fun activities for kids. Your Mini-Me’s can find out what it’s like to be a bee keeper, become a super sleuth for The Soil Association or watch the Clan Cycle Stunt Team perform daredevil tricks.RHS Young Exhibitor
  1. You could witness a new Guinness World Record! On Sunday, two butchers from different parts of Scotland will attempt to set a world record for the most sausages created in one minute. Sausage-tastic!
  1. Gin! Lovely Scottish Gin. Strathearn, NB Gin, Pickerings, Eden Mill and Edinburgh Gin are all in Scotland’s Larder Live. Have a wee sample and find out which is your favourite.
  1. Check out demonstrations of forestry skills like chainsaw carving and pole climbing. Do not try this at home!RHS Climbing Pole
  1. You might see some royalty. The Queen has visited the show three times, most recently in 2009.
  1. Get some top tips from celeb chefs in The Cookery Theatre. You can see chefs such as Neil Forbes, Paul Wedgwood, Craig Wilson, David Haetzman and Fred Berkmiller. There are opportunities to ask questions and sample what the chefs have cooked up.DSC_0882
  1. See some very well trained animals at the falconry display and gun dogs in the Countryside Arena.
  2. You can watch talented sportsmen and women compete in activities like show jumping in the main arena.
  1. You could become an internet sensation – this year’s show is being streamed live online here http://royalhighlandshow.org/lives-streaming
  1. It’s an institution. This is the 175th year of the Royal Highland Show so if you’ve never been, make 2015 the year to be part of this unique and iconic event.