VisitAberdeenshire and a group of 25 tourism, food and drink businesses will attend the Royal Highland Show this week (22 to 25 June), at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh as part of the celebratory year of Aberdeenshire.
The Royal Highland Show, now in its 177th year, celebrates the best farming, food and countryside pursuits from throughout Scotland and annually attracts over 190,000 visitors. This year the event will focus on the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire region by showcasing the strength of its food, drink and tourism products in a dedicated Aberdeenshire show village.
Lord Aberdeen, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland president says, “I was honoured to be appointed as president for the 2017 Royal Highland Show giving me the opportunity of promoting our wonderful region of Scotland to such a wide audience who attend the show. My vice presidents, Moir Lockhead, Neil Godsman, Jim Brown and Alastair Macphie and I, together with our project manager, Sarah Mackie, have been encouraged by the enthusiasm of people who wish to participate in our initiative. Through engaging with VisitAberdeenshire, Aberdeenshire Council and Opportunity North East, we have been able to create an “Aberdeenshire village” with over 25 local food producers in a pop-up shop, arts and crafts, antiques, local golf courses, hotels, function and activity centres together with a food demonstration area, all showcasing the very best that Aberdeenshire has to offer.”
Colin Crosby, chairman of VisitAberdeenshire says, “The Royal Highland Show is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the significant contribution that the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire region makes to Scotland’s food, drink and tourism sectors. It’s particularly impressive that as a relatively low populated area, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire accounts for 9% of Scotland’s total food and drink turnover, which demonstrates the strength and quality of the food and drink produce coming from the North-east. This is the first time VisitAberdeenshire has attended the Royal Highland Show, and I’m delighted we could work with Lord Aberdeen, as I believe this opportunity will allow us to engage with an affluent domestic audience, who perhaps aren’t fully aware of the excellent tourism attractions we have in the region, ranging from castles and costal tours, to distilleries and breweries.”
The local businesses exhibiting with VisitAberdeenshire include; DeeTour, Glen Tanar, Ballogie Estate, Deveronside Fishing, Fraserburgh Area Tourism Group, Braemar Castle, Dee District Salmon Fishery Board, Select Scotland Tours,Count Down Escape Games, East Grampian Coastal Partnership, ABDN Nights, Entier, Skene House, The Altens Hotel, Turriff Caravan Park, Banchory Lodge, Spires, Inverurie Whisky Shop, Royal Lochnagar, Glen Garioch, Glenglassaugh & Glen Dronach, Knockdhu/ An Cnoc, GolfAberdeenshire.