Over 2,000 visitors enjoyed a feast for the ears as well as the taste buds at Sunday’s (30th August) Annual Massed Pipe Band Day at Floors Castle, where the region’s top pipe bands and performers played alongside the best of the Borders’ culinary scene.

Now a well-established tradition hosted by the Duke of Roxburghe and Floors Castle, the event welcomed over 100 pipes and drums from across the Borders and Lothian’s, introduced a new food court featuring over 20 Scottish and local food producers showcasing the Border’s impressive larder and celebrating Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink.

The Duke of Roxburghe said: “It was wonderful to bring a new dimension to this long established event and to see an increase in visitor numbers not only to Floors but to the local Scottish Borders as all events such as this play an important part of the visitor economy.

Chez Reux live cookery demonstration. Picture: Weber Shandwick

Picture: Weber Shandwick

“The introduction of the food court at this year’s event was a huge success and helped showcase the best of Border’s natural larder.”

The day started with the sounds and sights of the Erskine Regiment’s re-enactment including a drill and parade performance and firing of their muskets. Smells and tastes of a cookery demonstration by Chez Roux Chefs followed. Culinary duo Mike Mathieson and Head Chef at Kelso’s Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course, Lee Pattie prepared local cured fish with artichoke and wasabi followed by roasted greengages and vanilla waffles.

Chef Albert Roux, founder of Chez Roux said: “The Border’s is well known for its impressive larder and the annual Massed Pipe Band Day is a much loved and highly anticipated event. This was a great chance for our Chefs and local talent to show what the Borders can offer, excellent food and fantastic entertainment – a great pairing.”

Massed Pipe Band Day at Floors Castle Chez Reux live cookery demonstration MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE USE Pairing Food with Music for Borders Spectacular --- Over 100 pipes and drums perform at annual event --- --- New culinary corner celebrates the best of the Borders larder --- Over 2,000 visitors enjoyed a feast for the ears as well as the taste buds at Sunday’s (30 August) Annual Massed Pipe Band Day at Floors Castle, where the region’s top pipe bands and performers played alongside the best of the Borders’ culinary scene. Now a well-established tradition hosted by the Duke of Roxburghe and Floors Castle, the event welcomed over 100 pipes and drums from across the Borders and Lothian’s, introduced a new food court featuring over 20 Scottish and local food producers showcasing the Border’s impressive larder and celebrating Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. The Duke of Roxburghe said: “It was wonderful to bring a new dimension to this long established event and to see an increase in visitor numbers not only to Floors but to the local Scottish Borders as all events such as this play an important part of the visitor economy. “The introduction of the food court at this year’s event was a huge success and helped showcase the best of Border’s natural larder.” The day started with the sounds and sights of the Erskine Regiment’s re-enactment including a drill and parade performance and firing of their muskets. Smells and tastes of a cookery demonstration by Chez Roux Chefs followed. Culinary duo Mike Matheson and Head Chef at Kelso’s Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course, Lee Pattie prepared local cured fish with artichoke and wasabi followed by roasted greengages and vanilla waffles. Chef Albert Roux, founder of Chez Roux said: “The Border’s is well known for its impressive larder and the annual Massed Pipe Band Day is a much loved and highly anticipated event. This was a great chance for our Chefs and local talent to show what the Borders can offer, excellent food and fantastic entertainment - a great pairing.” Paula McDonald, Regional Director of VisitScotland, said: “The culinary food court was a truly delicious addition to this year’s Massed Pipe Band Day and was an excellent example of how funding from themed years, such as Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, helps support tourism in rural areas such as the Scottish Borders. “Visitors to this event were able to sample an amazing array of wonderful Scottish Borders produce whilst listening to the incredible sounds of traditional music played in one of the most spectacular settings in Scotland.” The event which was created by the present Duke of Roxburghe’s father to offer a spectacular setting for the traditional event which sees bands from all over the Borders playing music passed down through the centuries – including tunes which have given courage and inspiration to Scots on battlefields throughout the world. Visitors were also entertained by Highland dance performances, birds of prey and dog agility exhibitions as well as taking part in family friendly activities such as face painting, bouncy castles and garden tours. For more information about Floors Castle and the Roxburghe Estate visit www.roxburghe.net Ends 31 August 2015 For more information or images please contact Sarah Ward at Weber Shandwick on 0141 333 0557 / 07809 665773 / sward@webershandwick.com or Louise Rattray, press officer, Floors Castle on 07505 604978 / lrattray@floorscastle.com About Floors Castle: Built in 1721, Floors Castle is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and home to the 10th Duke of Roxburghe. Set in the beautiful Scottish Borders and part of the Roxburghe Estate, Floors Castle is open from Easter to October and gives a fascinating insight into the lives of successive Dukes. www.roxburghe.net About Chez Roux at the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course: The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course hosts the regions first Chez Roux Restaurant founded by legendary Chef Albert Roux OBE, KFO, head of the famous cooking dynasty behind the UK’s first triple Michelin Starred restaurant. roxburghe-hotel.net About Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink 2015: The Year of Food and Drink Scotland began on 1 January 2015 and will end on 31 December 2015. The Year will build on the momentum generated by Homecoming Scotland 2014 by celebrating the role that food and drink plays in shaping our economic success. Through a series of exciting events and activities, the year will showcase Scotland’s outstanding natural larder and our reputation as a land of food and drink. For more information visit www.visitscotland.com/tastescotland The Year of Food and Drink is a Scottish Government initiative being delivered by VisitScotland in partnership with Scotland Food & Drink, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Tourism Alliance, SRUC and Young Scot. Sarah Ward Account Executive Weber Shandwick T 44 (0)141 333 0557 M 44 (0)7809 665 773 E sward@webershandwick.com W www.webershandwick.scot Twitter@wardsward

Picture: Weber Shandwick

Paula McDonald, Regional Director of VisitScotland, said: “The culinary food court was a truly delicious addition to this year’s Massed Pipe Band Day and was an excellent example of how funding from themed years, such as Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, helps support tourism in rural areas such as the Scottish Borders.

“Visitors to this event were able to sample an amazing array of wonderful Scottish Borders produce whilst listening to the incredible sounds of traditional music played in one of the most spectacular settings in Scotland.”

The event which was created by the present Duke of Roxburghe’s father to offer a spectacular setting for the traditional event which sees bands from all over the Borders playing music passed down through the centuries – including tunes which have given courage and inspiration to Scots on battlefields throughout the world.

Visitors were also entertained by Highland dance performances, birds of prey and dog agility exhibitions as well as taking part in family friendly activities such as face painting, bouncy castles and garden tours.

• For more information about Floors Castle and the Roxburghe Estate visit www.roxburghe.net

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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