All the fun of the fair

ShoppersA whirlwind of pheasants, food and familiar faces exemplified this year’s Scottish Game Fair, which was another roaring success, writes Katrina Candy. The smiling faces of both traders and visitors told their own story as the three day event in the grounds of Scone Palace delivered a top class weekend for all.

Perhaps the most common thing which is said to me at the Fair is what a relaxed, happy atmosphere there is and how well the site is maintained and organised.

Of course, the whole thing runs like a swimming swan – calm and composed on the surface, yet frantically working hard below to achieve what has become one of Scotland’s best-loved outdoor events.

Queen's Baton arrives

With the added excitement of the Queens Baton Relay parading through the Fair with comedian Fred Macaulay on the Friday afternoon, this was a year to remember and the Gods were kind to us for most of the weekend with pleasant weather.

An overall attendance of 32,000, indicates that the Fair remains a must-do event and we are very much focusing on increasing its appeal to families without forgetting our game roots and rich rural heritage which makes it so unique. The Fair is, after all, the Trust’s largest educational event and a major fundraising opportunity and it is a vital tool in furthering understanding of game, wildlife and countryside management.

It’s always great to get a fresh opinion on the event. Being so involved with the Fair can, at times, stymie ones  unbiased viewpoint and so I asked newly-appointed GWCT Head of Advisory Roger Draycott what he thought of the weekend, having attended for the first time:

“The Scottish Game Fair was how a Game Fair should be: lots of game - live, stuffed, cooked, painted, sculpted and talked about. No sign of any purveyors of double glazing or conservatories and only a few products on offer that have a tenuous link to the countryside.

“The show has a wonderful, warm relaxed atmosphere, with a distinct Scottish identity. I strongly recommend that anyone interested in rural pursuits and something a little different considers a visit to the Fair in 2015.”

Cooking demo Hill ponies River Tay

With MasterChef finalist Scott Davies demonstrating his culinary prowess in the Cookery Theatre, the romanticism of the best of Scotland’s working hill ponies in the main ring, the Minister for the Environment joining us for lunch and the mighty River Tay playing the role of casting pond, the Scottish Game Fair once again goes to the top of the class in demonstrating all that’s great about rural Scotland.

The dates for Scottish Game Fair 2015 are 3rd, 4th and 5th July. Click here for further information.

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