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Moy Country Fair to celebrate 'excellent produce' with Food Theatre


By Niall Harkiss

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Visitors are in for a treat at the return of the Moy Country Fair on Friday August 5 and Saturday August 6 as the annual event offers an extra special taste of the Highlands.

For the first time, the fair will be introducing a Food Theatre showcasing the very best Scottish produce. Sponsored by Williamson Foodservice and Bonk & Co, the Food Theatre will feature demonstrations from professional chef and presenter Christopher Trotter with a variety of ingredients from Scottish producers including meat from Inverness-based A&I Quality Butchers, fish from Oban-based Alba Seafood as well as a range of ingredients from Williamson Foodservice.

Food Theatre will feature demonstrations from professional chef and presenter Christopher Trotter
Food Theatre will feature demonstrations from professional chef and presenter Christopher Trotter

Christopher will be cooking on an Everhot 120i cooker from stove specialists and sponsors Bonk & Co who will also be providing one-to-one demos in between Christopher’s sessions. There will be four 45-minute cookery demonstrations with Christopher on each day with small tastings and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Christopher said: “My cooking demonstrations will really reflect the quality of the traders in the food hall. I hope that once visitors have sampled the wares of the many traders in the Food Theatre they will go on to purchase the ingredients to recreate the dish at home.”

Many local food and drink producers will be showcasing their produce in the Food Hall during the event including Black Isle Dairy, Ice and Fire Distillery, Highland Teabox and AVVA Scottish Gin.

Williamson Foodservice, who are strong advocates of buying local and food provenance, decided to get involved with the Moy Country Fair this year to support the event’s greater focus on the food and drink sector.

Gary Williamson, Managing Director of Williamson Foodservice
Gary Williamson, Managing Director of Williamson Foodservice

Gary Williamson, managing director of Williamson Foodservice said: “I am delighted Williamson Foodservice is involved with the Food Theatre at this year’s Moy Country Fair. It is always a delight to see and try some of the excellent produce that is out there locally, regionally and nationally. Our sponsorship should also help the event create a greater food and drink presence going forward.”

Bonk & Co are looking forward to returning to the Moy Country Fair having been regular exhibitors throughout the 1980s and 90s.

Alex Dolby, managing director of Bonk & Co, said: “We are thrilled to be back at Moy Country Fair. This year’s inaugural Food Theatre is an exciting opportunity for us to showcase the joys of using an Everhot range cooker, as well as supporting the amazing local food producers and suppliers. We can’t wait to see what Christopher will create over the two days.”

This year’s Moy Country Fair has an events roster that’s bigger and more diverse than ever. The traditional main ring activities and displays are back, from spectacular birds of prey demonstrations to gundog and fishing demonstrations as well as the terrier racing. A variety of field sports will also be returning including clay pigeon and musket shooting, air rifles, catapults and archery.

Many local food and drink producers will be showcasing their produce in the Food Hall during the event
Many local food and drink producers will be showcasing their produce in the Food Hall during the event

The fair will also feature an array of activities for children from donkey rides and a bouncy castle to an interactive craft event and Bubbles the Clown to keep the children (and adults!) entertained.

For more information about Moy Country Fair and to book tickets, please visit moycountryfair.co.uk.


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