The 176th Royal Highland Show is set to take place at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh from 23-26 June 2016.Â CelebratingÂ farming, food and rural life, the Royal Highland Show, last year, attracted almost 190,000 visitors.
With over 80 Scottish producers and more from around the UK and further afield, Scotland’s largest food and drink event is the ultimate celebration of Scottish produce and Scottish producers.
Visitors will experience live cooking demonstrations from top chefs and have the opportunity to take home many of the products on sale, from the finest local meat and sustainable Scottish fish to artisan preserves and botanical gins.
This year, the Show will also host the Scottish Cheese and Scottish Ice Cream Championships. These competitions have been part of the Show for some time as the â€˜Dairy Awards’. However, given the huge public interest for cheeses and ice cream and the rise in artisan producers, the Highland is rebranding and re-launching the awards as the Scottish Championships.
Food to go
The 2016 Show will also see the continuation of the Royal Highland Show Food Charter launched in 2014. Working alongside on-site caterers, the Show has devised a strict food charter that all food-to-go outlets must adhere to. The charter requires that only ingredients that have been locally produced and ethically sourced be served at the Show. This ensures that quality is high and Scottish farmers and growers are supported, wherever possible.
More than 5,000 of the finest cattle, sheep, goats and horses, not to mention poultry, are heading for the showground in June. With generations of careful breeding, years of expert husbandry and months of meticulous preparation, the animals are world class and represent the finest in Stockmen’s skills: a win at the Highland has been proven to increase demand and the value of the award-winning stock.
The Royal Highland Show is the largest equestrian show in Scotland with almost 3,000 horses and ponies competing in classes for light and heavy horse and other disciplines, such as private driving and heavy horse turnouts. It is also a focal point for showing the best of the best in Scotland’s native breeds such as, Clydesdale horses, Highland, Shetland and Eriskay ponies.
Over 2,200 riders are expected to compete in an impressive array of equine sections and classes from top class international riders to young and emerging talent. There are 34 categories in total, including 39 much sought after Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifiers.
The Highland is the premier show jumping event for Scotland and the North of England with a Grand Prix with Â£18,000 in prize money, a challenging International Stairway, an Olympic standard all-weather surface jumping ring and a total prize fund of Â£48,600. There are also a number of Scottish championship finals, including Scottish junior riders, over the four days.
WIN FREE TICKETS
Lothian Life is delighted to have two pairs of tickets to give away to this yearâ€™s Royal Highland Show. To be entered into the draw, please email email@example.com with your name and the answer to the following question:
For how many years has the Royal Highland Show been running? Is it:
(a) 174 years
(b) 175 years
(c) 176 years
Deadline for entries is midnight on Friday 10th June.
(Winners will be notified by email and e-tickets issued).
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED AND THE WINNERS ARE:
JULIE BROWN & LEWIS POUR