‘Foodie’ heaven at 2015 Galloway Country Fair

14th July, 2015

This year’s Galloway Country Fair is shaping up to be a feast for food fanatics, with more than 25 food and culinary traders, exhibitors and concessions already signed up, and more to come.

The annual Fair, which has been given funding support by VisitScotland’s Events Directorate to help celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, will take place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August – and will boast its largest ever Food Marquee.

Locally sourced Scottish produce, as well as fresh foods from the rest of the UK, will headline the weekend menu with delights from traditional Scottish tablet, jams, meats and oatcakes to wines and ciders available to buy and try.

Food demonstrations throughout the weekend will be delivered by Cook School Scotland, and youngsters will have the chance to take part in Kids Cook Club workshops, teaching them to make amazing dishes like fruit stacks and spiralised courgette noodles.

Locals will also be able to show off their prowess with a Great British Bake Off-style home baking competition on Sunday 23 August. Budding bakers can compete across three categories: shortbread, sweet loaf and sponge cake; whilst under-16s will have the chance to get creative with a Decorative Cupcake Competition.

Visitors will be sure to enjoy the full food and drink experience, with a bar provided by Panoptic Events, providing Scottish craft beer and ciders including Jaw Brew and Thistly Cross Cider to complement the produce on offer.

Anna Fergusson, Visitor Services Centre Manager at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, said: “This year’s Fair will be a real treat for foodies. With the help of VisitScotland, we will provide our largest Food Marquee to date, including a new undercover area connecting the Marquee to the rest of the entertainment. We’re also encouraging Fair-goers to get involved with baking competitions and cooking demonstrations. And, of course, there will be plenty of tasty produce available to try.

“There is a wealth of fresh, quality produce available across the UK, including the meat and game supplied by the Buccleuch Estates themselves, so the Fair is the ideal opportunity to showcase how proud we are of our fellow Scottish suppliers.”

Paula McDonald, Regional Director for VisitScotland, said: “This summer’s Galloway Country Fair promises to be extra special due to its focus on Scottish food and drink and the extensive, diverse range of first-class producers and suppliers throughout our region.

“I hope that as many people as possible will come along in August to the fantastic Drumlanrig Castle to try and buy some of the great food and drink on offer and enjoy a fun day out. Events like this, throughout this Year of Food and Drink, give us an opportunity to promote the fact that our country boasts some of the finest produce in the world and celebrate our superb natural larder and quality produce – not only to our visitors, but also to our local markets.

“Food and drink is Scotland’s fastest growing sector and the industry is incredibly important to Scottish tourism. Visitors are increasingly interested in provenance and want to buy locally-sourced food and drink. Research shows that visitors will pay up to 15% more for traditional dishes and fresh local produce, so our regional larder has a massive role to play in growing our economy.”

The annual fair takes place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 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. With a discount for those who purchase their tickets online before 31 July 2015.

A special three night camping offer is also in place for 2015 for visitors who want to stay on site and enjoy a whole weekend’s worth of entertainment.

Tickets are now available to purchase at www.gallowaycountryfair.co.uk. Visit the website for further information and to keep up to date with the latest news.