This weekend sees the return of the Royal Highland Show and if you are thinking of attending we've picked out the best food & drink events to look out for.

The Show, which returns for a four-day celebration of all things agriculture at Ingliston in the capital this weekend, runs from today (Thursday 22nd) to Sunday the 25th June and offers visitors a huge array of Scotland’s finest produce.

Here is our choice of the highlights.

Avva Gin

(Why it’s interesting… One of Scotland’s best new gins from the heart of Speyside)

Royal Highland Show

Picture: Avva Gin Facebook

Following the recent reports about the growth in gin sales with British drinkers consuming 12 per cent more gin last year, it seems inevitable that our passion for this on trend white spirit will continue to grow.

Thankfully, Scotland is at the centre of the creation of some of the best new gins around and more and more new producers are popping up every month.

Hailing from the centre of Scotland’s biggest whisky region, Speyside, Moray Distillery Ltd are bringing their brand new Avva Gin to the show, with tasters on offer and better yet they’ll also be selling 20cl mini bottles of their gin, which is the perfect way to take home and try this excellent new gin.

The Farmer’s Grill

(Why it’s interesting… it’s a custom-built BBQ within a shipping container serving delicious cuts of meat)

The team behind Aberdeen restaurant and butchery The Store are taking their Farmer’s Grill, a converted shipping container that’s now a specialist barbeque trailer, on the road this summer.

And thankfully, on of their first stops is the Show, giving guests access to the unique portable wood fired barbeque, which will serve a rustic menu of expertly prepared steaks and other dishes from The Store’s excellent range of stock.

And should you wish to take any of the products you enjoy home with you, there will also be a mini-shop on hand filled with all of the amazing meats and products the Aberdeenshire brand is famous for, including their 21 day dry-aged cuts on the bone.

The Ice Cream Championships

(Why it’s interesting… who doesn’t love ice cream?)

Anyone attending the Show will be given the chance to check out the winner of the Ice Cream Championships, here’s hoping we’ll have ice cream weather.

The judges (sadly not the public) will pick their winners today over several classes including vanilla, strawberry, sorbet and our favourite – the open category. The ice cream will be judged on taste, appearance and textures.

Ian Macleod Distillers

(Why it’s interesting… they are purveyors of some truly excellent whisky and gin)

Picture: Taste

The spirits brand will be on hand over the weekend to showcase some of their excellent whiskies and gins.

They’ll be offering samples and bottles to buy of most of their products including single malts Glengoyne, Tamdhu and Smokehead, their blends and blended malts Pig’s Nose, The Feathery and Sheep Dip and of course their Edinburgh Gin.

Mackie’s

(Why it’s interesting… One of Scotland’s premium ice cream makers will be previewing their new Aberdeen based store with chocolate and ice cream galore)

Mackie’s of Scotland will be offering visitors to the famous event a sneak peek of their plans for Mackie’s 19.2, the Aberdeenshire firm’s flagship ice cream parlour launching later this year in Aberdeen’s Marischal Square.

Although the parlour is not due to officially open until September, ice cream fans will get a chance to experience a flavour of it months in advance – with ice cream treats like Crunchy Red Fruits, Toffee Popcorn and a return of the popular gin and tonic sorbet available at the event.

They’ll also be debuting a brand new and exclusive line of hand made gift-style chocolates.

Working with Swiss & French consultants, Mackie’s has created the range of luxury chocolates, made with Mackie’s milk and dark chocolate and filled with fresh cream ganache in an array of exciting flavours including garden mint, raspberry, mandarin, whisky and gin.

These new treats will be on offer as a show special – a gift box with 18 types of hand made chocolate – all possible flavours for the final new chocolate range.

Berry Good‘s coffee liqueur

(Why it’s interesting… Berry Good will be launching a hugely interesting new coffee liqueur)

Berry Good will have Scotland’s first cold brew coffee liqueur, Cofaidh Liqueur (from the Gaelic for coffee), which is made using freshly roasted coffee beans from local roasters on offer.

The cold brew style of production allows for an “increased depth of flavour” to be released from the beans. Colour us intrigued.

 

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