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This weekend we are returning to the annual GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace. We have been attending the Fair since the Fletcher’s days and it has always proved to be a great few days for us. Set in the beautiful grounds of Scone Palace on the banks of the river Tay, the show is 3 days dedicated to Scottish outdoor life.

“The highly anticipated 29th GWCT Scottish Game Fair is firmly established as Scotland’s most popular outdoor event held within the parklands of the historic and scenic Scone Palace in Perthshire.

An annual gathering for country sports enthusiasts, our three-day event is a true celebration of rural Scotland offering something for everyone with over 33,000 visitors enjoying a packed programme of Main Ring events, ‘have a go’ activities and superb shopping.

A veritable showcase of game, wildlife and countryside management, the 2017 Fair is going to be a year to remember with an even greater focus on country sports than ever before.”

We will be in our usual spot in the food hall just by the cookery theatre. This year Masterchef The Professionals Finalist and leading Scottish, private chef, Mark Heirs will be cooking our venison for you to try at one of the many demos held throughout the day. His slot is at mid day on Saturday so come along for your chance to sample some of our delicious venison cooked by one of the country’s best chefs. Not to be missed!!

“The fantastic Food Hall and Cookery Theatre is back, sponsored by Macdonald Hotels, who will have their award-winning chefs on site to demonstrate lots of great cookery and baking techniques and ideas throughout the three days. The Cookery Theatre will be hosted by The Fair’s very own Foodie in Residence Christopher Trotter, he’ll be creating lots of delicious recipes using the best of local produce. The Food Hall itself features 45 exhibitors, so lots to whet your appetite. This year’s tasty offerings include smoked fish, wonderful condiments, spices, cheeses, baked goods, fudge and sweet treats; all washed down with a choice of gin, beer and whisky.”

We will have a great range of venison to tickle your tastebuds including our 3 star Gold Great Taste Award Winning Venison FIllets.

Tickets are still available via the Scottish Game Fair website.

We’re well and truly into the swing of summer here at Seriously Good and that means it’s festival time 🙂

This weekend we will be taking Bella to the Solas Festival just outside Perth and if this glorious weather continues it’s going to be a great weekend for everyone.

“Solas is Scotland’s midsummer festival which has been running since 2009. The all-age weekend-long celebration of music and the arts is designed to entertain, inspire and challenge. The programme also makes space for challenging debate with activists, writers and thinkers from across the political, cultural and religious spectrum. Solas offers a creative and entertaining programme for festival-goers of all ages in a safe environment.”

It’s great to be supporting Solas and we are looking forward to feeding lots of hungry revellers with our Veniburgers, Highland Beef Burgers, Pulled Venison, Venison Stovies and more…..

There are still tickets available which you can buy on the gate, or if you want to save a little money you can go to their website and buy online by Thursday. Adult and youth day tickets are £35 and £15 respectively and under 12’s go FREE 🙂 If you fancy going for the whole weekend adult and youth tickets are £105 and £45 respectively and this includes camping! That’s great value for money in our opinion! Follow this link to buy your tickets now….. http://solasfestival17.bpt.me/

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This really does look like a great wee family-friendly festival and friends we know who’ve been have had a great time in the past. There’s loads of stuff to keep little ones entertained, so what a great place to introduce youngsters to the festival scene.

“Great Scottish food and drink will be a really important part of Solas so you won’t go hungry! There will be lots of local food on offer, some of it grown on the doorstep (or more accurately, in nearby fields); meat; veg; tasty soft drinks; craft brewed beer; (not so local) wine; proper coffee; home-baking; breakfast options; tasty snacks, kids portions and reasonable prices.”

Visit the Solas website here for more info…..

 

Volksfling 2017

Friday was the perfect day for a wee road trip, beautiful blue skies, windows down, over the Forth bridge and off to Biggar we went. We arrived at 10am to an almost empty Biggar Show Ground, but we weren’t there very long before a steady stream of VW campers, Beetles and other vehicles started to arrive. With the sun on our backs we set about getting Bella ready for her weekend’s work and by the time we lifted our heads the field was almost full. Line upon line of campervans, most of which were, of course, Volkswagens, some old, some new, some basic, some high-spec. The event wouldn’t properly kick off until the morning so we had time to take a wander and see some of these amazing vehicles up close. The love and care that had quite obviously been put into some of them was incredible, others were so old and battered it was hard not to be taken by their charm and amazed by the fact they had made the journey from wherever they had come.

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With Bella ready and our quirky palette furniture set up we took to our stations, ready to serve. For once we were thankful of a quiet shift as the thermometer in the truck was hitting a rather uncomfortable 33 degrees, although nipping outside to cool off wasn’t really an option as the cloudless sky meant it was still 28 degrees out there. Not that we were complaining, we don’t see much weather like this in Scotland.

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Saturday brought many a hungry camper for Breakfast and we were kept on the go right through until 4 o’clock when the heavens opened and we were treated to a rather impressive thunderstorm. This, of course, saw the previously packed festival quickly become deserted as revelers ran for cover. The rest of the night was steady and was topped off with some very grateful recipients of a few bowls of our delicious stovies to soak up the one or two beers too many they had consumed. Very amusing gentlemen 😉

Sunday was another busy one with a queue right from the get-go at 8:30. We felt as though we’d hardly had time to blink and it was half three and almost time to start packing up.

We enjoyed our weekend immensely, meeting some fantastic folk and having some of the best banter. This is our kind of festival, that’s for sure! Thanks for having us Volksfling! We’ll be back in August and we can’t wait 🙂

After an unexpectedly busy May we are about to embark upon an even busier June. The first weekend kicks off with Gardening Scotland at The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, a 3 day event where we will be selling our pre-packed venison in the food hall. The show itself focuses mainly on all things relating to gardening and outdoor living but, with the addition of a food hall and cookery theatre, visitors can  also indulge their culinary interests.

“The Food Fayre is one of the most popular areas at Gardening Scotland and is where you can find small producers selling hand-made chocolates, succulent sausages, farm-produced cider and many other delicious foods to sample and take home with you.”

“Foodies are in for a gastronomic treat at this year’s Gardening Scotland as two of Scotland’s most renowned chefs announce they will be making an appearance at the show.

Matthaios Dimitrios from esteemed Italian eaterie La Cucina at the Fairmont in St Andrews will be sharing his tips on how to make simple, delicious dishes with contemporary flair, while Neil Forbes from Edinburgh’s Café St Honore will be demonstrating how to make local, seasonal dishes for every occasion.

The pair will be speaking alongside other foodie experts including Wendy Barrie from the Scottish Food Guide at Gardening Scotland’s Cookery Theatre, which is being run by the Federation of Chefs Scotland.”

We have been attending the show for many years now and it just gets bigger and better year on year so we are really looking forward to coming back! Have a look at the Gardening Scotland website for more info about the show and get yourself a ticket. We are stand 132 in the Foodhall so come and say ‘Hi’, it will be Jenny & Stevie on Friday, Jenny & Sarah on Saturday and Vikki & Jimmy on Sunday.

Our other 2 events this weekend are our usual spot at Perth Farmers’ Market on Saturday, where we will have our market stall as well as Bella, our catering truck and Westfest Big Sunday at Magdalen Green, Dundee. We catered at Westfest last year and had a fantastic day, selling out 2 hours before the festival closed at 7pm. Suffice to say, we will be taking more stock with us this year! Westfest is a fantastic one day, family friendly festival on the banks of the river Tay, on the outskirts of Dundee, it’s free to attend and the day is jam packed with great things to do. There’s live music all day featuring loads of great local talent, a DJ tent, kids events & attractions, a licensed bar area, arts and craft stalls and, of course, a selection of local food producers selling hot food. Fingers crossed this amazing weather we’ve been having will last until Sunday and everyone will have a fantastic festival like last year. Come and see Jenny & Sarah cooking up a storm in Bella our very own Green Goddess! Find out more about Westfest here!

Looking ahead to the second weekend in June, we are back in Edinburgh on the Saturday for our monthly spot at the Farmers’ market on Castle Terrace and then on Sunday we’re returning to the beautiful village of Crail in the East Neuk Of Fife for the Crail Food Festival Harbour Lunch. This is another event we have been attending for years and years, since the Fletcher’s days in fact, and we can’t wait to be back. There really is nowhere on earth like the villages in the East Neuk of Fife and Crail has to be one of the jewels in it’s crown. This sleepy, picture postcard fishing village bursts into life during the festival with thousands of visitors coming from all over the world to immerse themselves in the fantastic food and drink on offer from local producers. The harbour lunch takes place, as you had probably guessed, at Crail’s stunning harbour, reputedly one of the most photographed places in Scotland. We will be very carefully negotiating the very steep and narrow road, which is the only access to the harbour, in Bella, which is no mean feat, we can assure you, and joining the great array of other local food producers along the harbour wall to feed the crowds of hungry festival-goers. Have a look for yourself at what the festival has on offer here!

The following weekend in June and looks like one of us might get a day off as we’re currently only attending our monthly Fife market in Cupar. Although, as we managed to fill up two weekends in May in a day last month watch this space as we’re always on the lookout for new events. Any suggestions greatfully received!

And finally……….the last weekend in June is going to be epic! We’re back for our second trip to the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston but this time for the monumental Royal Highland Show! Last year’s tagline “It’s Moo-hoo-sive” couldn’t be any closer to the truth. This is a show not to be missed if you are interested in any aspect of agriculture, but even if you’re not, the huge food hall is more than enough to keep you occupied for the day.

“Scotland’s Larder Live! on 13th Avenue is a must see for all food lovers.

Enjoy tasty treats from over 100 exhibitors and celebrate food provenance, regionality and seasonality. The Cookery Theatre offers live demonstrations, tastings, talks and so much more! See the triumphant return of the Scottish Cheese, Butter and Ice Cream Championships and witness the very first winners of the Scottish Bread Championships.”

The Royal Highland Show really has to be seen to be believed and if you haven’t been before you really should, it’s amazing!!

“For four days in June and over 280 acres, the finest livestock share centre stage with Scotland’s bountiful larder, spectacular show jumping, countryside pursuits, educational workshops, entertainment, shopping and a host of business opportunities.

The four day event has become not only the most important date in the country’s calendar, but also with Government and industry bodies, food producers and business leaders. With over 100 media reporting live from the show, it is the place to make the headlines, network, influence and most importantly, do business.

It is also considered a great day out for families and individuals keen to experience the best Scotland has to offer.”

Take a look at their website here…

Vikki & Jimmy will be manning our stall at the show, as usual, and are looking forward to seeing many familiar faces, as well as getting to meet a whole host of new ones. Come and say Hi, we’ll be at our usual stand, right next to the cookery theatre.

Our second event of the same weekend is Solas Festival, Tibbermore, just outside Perth. This 3 day, boutique festival focuses on music and the arts and is now in it’s 8th year. We are going to be newbies at this one and are super excited about taking Bella somewhere different. Jenny & Sarah will be holding the fort at this one, hopefully with a little assistance from Stevie and any others who are willing as it’s going to be a long weekend. We will have a wide range of food offerings at this event from burgers to stovies & veggie chilli wraps to pulled venison pies. Check out the Solas website here and get yourselves a ticket…..it’s going to be awesome!!!

If you’re out and about in Perth, Edinburgh or Fife this June come and see us at one of our events, it’ll be hard to miss us!!

Right, we’re off for a wee lie down. Just thinking about all of that is exhausting……we can’t wait though! It’s going to be a busy month but it’ll be a whole lot of fun!!! We hope to see you at one, if not all of these fantastic events!!!

Another new catering event for us this month. We’re off to Biggar, Vikki’s home town, to cater at Volksfling…….

It’s a Show, in Scotland, for Volkswagen enthusiasts and related marques like Porsche, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, NSU – you get it..!

Volksfling is another car-related event for us during the month of May, this is a twice yearly event and focuses on everything VW related. It’s a proper mini festival with camping over 3 days. We’ll be heading south with Bella, our catering truck, and we’re hoping she won’t feel too left out amongst all those Volkswagens as she’s a converted Dodge Fire Service Truck, but we’re quite sure everyone will make her feel at home.

We’ve been asked to do something a little different food-wise this time so we have our thinking caps firmly on at the moment. Any suggestions would be gratefully received, no matter how weird and wonderful! We’re always up for a challenge!

There’s loads on over the weekend including various competitions, displays, kids entertainment, live music, food and drink. Sounds like it’s going to be a great family weekend and we’re really looking forward to it, plus we get to stay with Vikki’s lovely Mum and Dad 🙂 No, we’re not camping this time, after Belladrum we have learned our lesson. It’s very difficult to be bright and breezy with our lovely customers when you’re surviving on 3 hours sleep a night!

If you fancy coming along you can buy your tickets in advance on the Volksfling website or you can get them on the day. Day tickets are £7 for adults and under 17’s are FREE! Adult camping tickets for the weekend are £30 on the gate and £25 if you book in advance, kids are just £2 but have to be purchased with an adult ticket. All very reasonable we must say!

We’re just off to get ready for Perth Farmer’s Market tomorrow then hopefully a cheeky early finish and out to enjoy some of this beautiful sunshine! If you’re out and about in Perth tomorrow make sure you head down to our city’s fantastic market and support all of the lovely local producers that come every month. We’re all small businesses and we really do need and appreciate your support!

The next stop for Bella, our catering truck, is the Ingliston Revival classic car show.

On Saturday 13th May we will be offering an array of delicious treats to hungry motor enthusiasts at the Ingliston Revival at The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. We’re no stranger to this venue as we have been selling our venison at the Royal Highland Show there since the Fletchers’ days but this time it’s going to be a slightly more high octane affair.

The Ingliston Revival Festival is a two-day classic motoring festival that takes place at The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2017.

The event celebrates the original, infamous Ingliston Racing Circuit and re-ignites the halcyon days of the venue. We re-live the nostalgia and evoke emotion of motor sport from a bygone era.

Families and motoring enthusiasts are offered a high-quality and engaging experience.

We will be situated in the stylish food village where there will be loads of great food on offer, a bar and live music. There’s even a cinema showing classic motoring movies and a vintage fun fair. With a classic vehicle show, a stunt display and racing on the track, which you can even have a go at yourself, if you’re a petrol head with a love of classic motors, this really is not to be missed!

The racing starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm but the food village, bar, cinema and fun fair stay open until the wee small hours.

This weekend we will have our usual spots at Perth Farmers’ Market with both our trade stand and catering truck and it marks the beginning of a busy year for us. Our diary is filling fast with more catering events, markets, festivals and shows so watch this space for updates on where we’ll be later on in the year.

The New Masterchef Gift Card.

We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen to join a network of artisan food producers who are part of a new initiative being launched by the people behind the hugely popular Masterchef television series. The Masterchef Gift Card allows customers to choose from a wide variety of top quality, small, food and drink producers all on the one website. It will also be possible to redeem your Gift Cards if you visit the producers own shops or market stalls. You can have a sneaky peek at those who have already signed up on the Masterchef Gift Card Facebook Page. There’s a couple of familiar faces if you come to any of our shows or events in Scotland. Our friends at Gusto with their amazing range of chilli sauces, which we can’t be without when we are out and about at catering gigs, and the lovely Galloway Chillies whose chilli preserves are the perfect compliment to our wee veni pies.

Jenny Goddard from MasterChef Gift Card said: “MasterChef Gift Card is pleased to announce that Seriously Good Venison has joined the fold. Purveyors of top quality meat, its speciality lies in raising and rearing Scottish Venison. Farmed to the highest ethical standards, the produce is an absolute must for connoisseurs of quality meat!”

We think this will be the perfect gift for any food and drink connoisseur and a would make a fantastic Christmas present.

We will have a great selection of our award winning venison and Highland beef to choose from on their site and you can also bring your gift card to any of our markets or foodie events across Scotland.

We will keep you updated as we get closer to the official launch and let you know where you can buy your cards.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th January see us join Edinburgh’s newest market at The Biscuit Factory, Leith.

The guys behind The Edinburgh Larder and Edinburgh Food Social launched the market in December. The event was a huge success and will now be taking place monthly until March.

We are really pleased to have been asked along and will be taking Bella, our food truck,  as well as a stall in the market itself for you to buy some of our fab venison and a couple of our wee pies (they’re to die for!!).

As the market’s indoors it’s a great opportunity to browse some of the regions best independent producers whatever the weather and with live music and a kids play area it’s sure to be a great day out for all the family.

We will be serving a host of tasty treats in the truck from our ever popular Pulled Venison Rolls with Tangy Slaw to our traditional and uber-tasty Highland Beef Stovies that always go down a storm. We have a slightly unusual offering as a special for this event so come along and give it a try, you’ll love it….and we’re not kidding!!

Here’s a little bit about what the Edinburgh Food Social is all about……….

The team behind Edinburgh Larder have set up a social enterprise which aims to make local food more accessible by working with schools and communities to develop cooking skills. Thanks so much to everyone who helped us reach our £10k target on Kickstarter to buy a food truck – watch this space for more information on our plans and please request to join our Facebook page!

The team behind the Edinburgh Food Social want to bring the benefits of using local food into schools and communities across Edinburgh by taking a food truck around the city and beyond to showcase what can be done with local food, all year round. They believe that everyone in Scotland deserves to have access to the great produce we have on our doorstep and the means to cook with it if they want to.

They hope to inspire children to cook with local produce and become involved in planning the menus in their schools. The team hope to help people of all ages and backgrounds develop their cooking skills and create nutritionally balanced meals using local, seasonal food.

Eleanor Cunningham, owner of the Larder and founder of Edinburgh Food Social says using local produce “means there’s a real connection between the supplier and the food we serve. The producers in Scotland work incredibly hard to develop really fantastic ingredients which are at the core of everything we cook – we’d like more people to have the opportunity to use these ingredients.”

Edinburgh Food Social have teamed up with the Biscuit Factory to offer an affordable monthly food & craft market. The first took place in November 2016 and was an unmitigated success! You can register interest for such events in future via the Facebook group below.

Click – Edinburgh Indoor Food & Craft Market Facebook Group

Our first market in November was an unmitigated success with over 4,000 visitors. The second will be larger with more space to wander, a larger area for kids to play, buggy parking, great live music, more seating and even more food producers.
 
The event will again be hosted by our friends at Leith’s Biscuit Factory on Anderson Place.
 
You can spend as much time as you like mooching around and soaking up the atmosphere with fantastic food and craft on offer. There’s a suggested donation of £2 on the door with all event profits going to Edinburgh Food Social.
 
We raised £2,000 from our November market which will help us teach cooking skills and provide good food to those who need it most. The market is on both Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of January from 12-6pm.

Social Enterprise

We had a visit from the lovely Sarah Mack of Landward fame last week and took her for a wee tour of the butchery.

She was here to film for this Friday’s episode of Landward where she will be talking about our Hebridean Lamb co-operative. In the programme she also visits the lovely Marian Bruce who was the first Hebridean farmer we took animals from over a year and a half ago now. We have worked closely with Marian ever since and are extremely proud of the ever growing group we have created. We now get these fantastic little sheep from various trusted sources across Perthshire and beyond, all with full Hebridean Sheep Society accreditation.

You will see for yourself one of the great little farms these animals spend their days living on and see Sarah sample some of their delicious meat.

We have just received our next lot of Hebridean Hogget, they will go extremely fast, so if you want to get your hands on some of this fantastic meat you need to order now!! You can place your order on our website or give us a call on 01738 561 523. Don’t leave it until after the show, we are expecting a lot of interest. We will, however, be starting a waiting list so if you do miss out this time round, never fear!!

The programme is on at 7:30 on BBC Scotland this Friday night (14th October). Don’t worry if you miss it or you don’t live in Scotland, the show will be available on the BBC iPlayer, just follow this link!

To whet your taste buds here is what Alex Barker of the Guild Of Fine Foods had to say about the meat from Hebrideans……

“The meat from Hebridean sheep is unique. It has a rich, dark colour, succulent tender texture, and a gamey, utterly delicious flavour. Tasted against locally produced butchers’ lamb and some very good Welsh lamb, there was no contest: the Hebridean won hands down. It was tender with a really good bite, and rich but didn’t leave that greasy, fatty taste in the mouth. And it was so full of flavour that some of the young tasters couldn’t believe it really was lamb.”

 

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