The 172nd Ayr County Show takes place at Ayr Racecourse this year on Saturday 9 May.
Organisers of the Ayr County Show are looking forward to a show packed with local food and drink this year as they host a brand new marquee dedicated to local producers and retailers, the Taste Ayrshire Marquee.
Dozens of producers, curated by Taste Ayrshire, will host stalls including; hand-roasted coffee supplier Roundsquare Roastery, luxury dairy ice cream from Woody’s, restaurant Jacques’ Table, traditional handmade confectionary from Threepwood Fayre, tasty spreads and mixes at everythingCHILLI, delicious cookie mixes from All That’s Delicious, Aye Love Real Food, Arran Brewery, the Island Cheese Company from the Isle of Arran, Nethergate Tamworth, A. D. Rattray whisky suppliers, award-winning hard Ayrshire cheese producer Barwheys Dairy, Cedar Cottage Country Foods and Annie’s Delicious Bakes.
The 2015 Ayr County Show is receiving support as part of the Year of Food and Drink, delivered by VisitScotland and EventScotland.
Cabinet Secretary for Food, Richard Lochhead, said: “Ayrshire produces some of the finest food and drink to be found anywhere in Scotland. The Ayr County Show is the ideal opportunity for visitors from near and far to discover the delicious local produce on offer as we celebrate our Year of Food and Drink.”
Cook School Scotland will also take part in the event, hosting a pop-up kitchen where their chefs and Ayrshire College students will cook up some delicious meals using local, in-season produce.
In addition, Ayr and District Beekeepers’ Association will be hosting a stall to highlight the important link between the wellbeing of bee colonies in the area and the production of food and drink.
The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) Children’s Corner will be promoting the Get Ayrshire Growing project, which provides free vegetable-growing kits to schools across the whole of Ayrshire & Arran. RHET are taking the farm into the classroom by giving pupils first-hand experience of growing crops in their own school grounds, giving them a chance to learn more about where their food comes.
RHET will host a competition open to all Ayrshire schools as part of the Show - ‘Grow, Cook & Eat’ – and there will be a number of exhibits displays for everyone to enjoy.
Not forgetting Rheeta the fibre-glass milking cow who will get a mooove on to be at the Show and teach nursery and primary children about dairy farming.
Chair of Taste Ayrshire Willie Mackie said: “We’re looking forward to taking part in this year’s Ayr County Show. We will have a great variety of Ayrshire food and drink in our marquee showcasing just some of the fantastic produce that is available on our doorstep.”
VisitScotland Regional Director Annique Armstrong said: “Thanks to Ayrshire & Arran’s lush countryside and stunning coastline, our region boasts an extensive, diverse and rich natural larder and is famous for a wealth of quality produce - bacon, beef, cheeses, seafood, ‘tatties’, whisky, ice-cream … the list goes on! Throughout this Year of Food & Drink we have a fantastic opportunity to promote these, not only to our visitors but to our local markets, and Ayr County Show – always a highlight of our annual events calendar – provides a great platform to showcase and celebrate our great regional produce.”
Val Russell, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce, added: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Taste Ayrshire and Ayr County Show to showcase what this area has to offer. The Taste Ayrshire Marquee gives an ideal platform for producers to sell their delicious produce and we are pleased we have a good variety on display. We’re looking forward to what will be a great event.”
Cook School Scotland Lisa Parker, Marketing & Events Manager said: “We are delighted to be included in the Taste Ayrshire Marquee at this year’s Ayr County Show. Last year was the first year that we had been at the show and it’s a great day out for the whole family. The Cook School chefs will be on stage throughout the day demonstrating how to cook a great range of recipes. We will also be adding a Cook School BBQ this year cooking with delicious fresh local produce.”
Ayr County Show is one of the largest County shows held in the West of Scotland and is a celebration of the countryside, with livestock judging, trade stands, craft displays and family entertainment all taking a leading role in the event.
Packed with brilliant moments, the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 celebrates local produce and the fantastic food and drink to be found across the country, as well as the people, landscapes and culture behind Scotland’s food heritage.
Pre-Show Admission Tickets are now available to purchase online at www.ayrcountyshow.co.uk