Let the show begin

SCOTLAND'S TOP SUMMER attraction, The Royal Highland Show (RHS) and one of the UK premier's agricultural shows features a range of attractions and trade stands as well as showcasing more than 5,000 of the best cattle, sheep, horses and goats in the

country.

The show, which is staged between 22 -25 June 2006 in Ingilston, Edinburgh is organised by The Royal Highland and Agriculture Society of Scotland. More than 155,000 people visited the show in 2005. As well as the livestock, some of the main attractions this year include a fashion show, food and drink, a countryside area, a Buy Local-Eat Local initiative, one of the largest car shows in the country, a varied music programme and a programme of show-jumping.

The "Buy Local-Eat Local" campaign is the brainchild of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland's (RHASSS) Presidential team from the Perth area, and is partnered by Perth & Linccross nd Fife Councils. Royal Highland Show manager David Dunsmuir says "There is definitely increased interest in local food and our aim is to ensure that all show visitors go away with an awareness of what's on offer. Locally sourced produce is unrivalled for its freshness, quality and nutritional benefits. It also boosts the local economy, limits environmental damage, improves health and provides more choice. That's why buying and eating local should be the first choice for most people."The "Buy Local-Eat Local" exhibit - centrepiece at the Food and Drink Hall at the show - will encourage visitors to ask themselves, "What are you eating this week?" It will aim to raise awareness that shopping in bulk isn't necessarily the best option, with 20% of what is bought in pre-packaged quantities being thrown in the bin, says Dunsmuir.

On Saturday 24 June the Young Farmers stock judging takes place as well as the poultry judging and beef cattle team Interbreed judging. The final day will see many horse and pony events as well as a band display and parade of prize livestock.

Meat exhibitors at the show include: Browns Food Group, cooked meats and fish producers for the retail, wholesale and foodservice markets; Continental Cottage, a German salami specialist; Debbie and Andrews, sausage manufacturers; Fletchers of Auchtermuchty, suppliers of venison by mail-order or farmers markets; Home Sausage Making Supply Co.; Macsween of Edinburgh, haggis manufacturers; The Pie Mill; Stahly Quality Foods, producers of black pudding, bacon and haggis rolls; Scotch Premier Meat, processors and suppliers of Scotch beef, lamb and pork to independent butchers and caterers throughout the UK; T.G.F.S.(The Good Food Shop), specialists in hand crimped Cornish pasties; Tanfield Food Company, hand cooked meals requiring no refrigeration and Yorkes of Dundee, producers of Scottish beef, lamb and pork and speciality sausages and burgers .

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