Bonus Scran: Previewing the best of food, farming and rural life at The Royal Highland Show 2024

On this special partner episode of Scran, we find out more about this year’s Royal Highland Show.

Published 30th May 2024
Updated 30 th May 2024

First up on this episode of Scran, I speak to Louise Elder, Director of the Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland and Chief Steward of Scotland's Larder at the Royal Highland Show.

Louise has been involved in the show for many years and talks about how it represents so many different things to so many different people.

Su Cox also joins me on this episode. Su who comes from some serious foodie lineage and is the Communications and New Business Development Director at Bakkafrost Scotland & Scottish Hebridean Salmon.

Su has been involved with the Royal Highland Show in different ways over the years from simply attending to education and now as a producer and sponsor. She tells me about why the event as a gathering of rural communities is so important.

My final guest is Aylett Roan, Director and Chief Steward of Scottish Championships at the Royal Highland Show. She also runs Roan's Dairy in Dumfries and Galloway.

Royal Highland Show, Sunday Golden Shears

Aylett tells me about how she ended up in dairy farming despite the challenges it presented at agricultural college and talks about what it's like to judge food competitions and the Scottish Championships at the RHS which awards best cheese, dairy, butter, ice cream, honey and new for this year, milk and cream. And she has some great tips on buying vanilla ice cream.

The Royal Highland Show runs from Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 June 2024. You can find more information about it and buy tickets here. You may see me there with my microphone if you make it along.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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