Food for thought at the Galloway Country Fair 2014

28th July, 2014

Chocolate and venison pasties are amongst a range of culinary delights set to wow visitors at this year’s Galloway Country Fair (GCF).

More than 200 top quality exhibitors have now been confirmed for the August 16 and 17 event, including scores of trade stands offering the very best in food and drink all under the roof of one impressive marquee, sponsored by Morrison Bowmore Distillers Ltd.

Just Baked! Pasties has been trading for 12 years, selling delicious pasties and sausage rolls, which will all be baked on site at the Galloway Country Fair in accordance with the demand of hungry customers.

The business is run by Ron Russell and his wife Geraldine, who are both based in Blairgowrie, Perthshire. The pair have two shops in Aberdeen and regularly attend large scale events to showcase their wares.

The pasties include Macsween haggis with potato and turnip, apple and custard, Aberdeen Angus steak, Lockerbie cheddar and potato and the new wild venison and chocolate offering.

The latest, more unusual savoury snack features venison sourced from the Blackface Meat Company in Dumfries, with sprinkles of chocolate giving the meat, sauce and vegetables a unique taste.

Ron said: “I’m so pleased we’ll be able to take our recently launched chocolate and venison pasty to the GCF audience. I’m feeling enthusiastic about coming down to Galloway Country Fair because the location is so impressive – Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate certainly makes for a lovely setting. Dumfriesshire is ideal for us as its part of the country we’ve always done really well in.

“We try to make sure we use good Scottish products and I’m proud to say the main ingredients in all our pasties are Scottish. In terms of the latest addition, people have been shocked and surprised by the unconventional combination but it’s amazing how many people really enjoy the flavours.

“It’s definitely a hate it or love it option and fortunately most people are on the love side, so I hope to see lots of people keen to try out something new come August.”

A host of other food and drinks retailers will also have a presence at the Fair. Chillicious – Scotland’s first ever chilli farm run by mother and daughter, Patricia and Stacey Galfskiy – makes a welcome return with chilli jams, chutneys and chocolate.

The Damn Fine Cheese Company – suppliers of the only waxed square cheese in the world – offers a selection of delicious cheddar cheeses including whisky and orange and caramelised red onion while family-run Scots’ Cheer produces a range of full-bodied, real fruit liqueurs, using as many home-sourced products as possible. The juicy fruit for the company’s raspberry vodka and the blackberries for the Brammle Scotch Whisky liqueur are both grown in Scotland.

For dessert, Glen Urr Icecream – made with milk and cream produced by an award winning herd of Ayrshire cows – has a variety of flavours to get the taste buds tingling such as mascarpone, panna cotta and toffee.

They are joined in the food hall by a wealth of food traders selling a selection of delicious produce from fudge and coffee to beef, lamb and cider.

There are still opportunities for traders and sponsors to get involved. Trade packs are available from the Galloway Country Fair website which is also new for 2014 at www.gallowaycountryfair.co.uk.

The annual fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 August, from 9am-6pm. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults, £5 for ages 5-16, £10 for concessions and £30 for a family pass. Under-fives go free. Anyone buying tickets online will enjoy a 25 per cent discount if purchased through the website before 1 August.