Updated: Sep 24
The GWCT Scottish Game Fair returns this weekend. Here's what to expect at this year's event.
The GWCT Scottish Game Fair has officially begun today at Scone Palace in Perthshire. This years event was kicked off by none other than Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal who unveiled a brass plaque in the main arena in front of the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band to commemorate her visit.
Celebrating both conservation and the countryside, the GWCT Scottish Game Fair promotes the use of science to promote the safe game and wildlife management and influences government policy to create effective and progressive change.
With a large amount of the event sold-out and nearby hotels and restaurants fully booked, local businesses have welcomed a potential £5 million economic boost that the fair will provide.
Businesses are set to benefit from the arrival of more than 30,000 visitors and nearly 300 exhibitors for the three-day annual festival of countryside and conservation.
Show director James Gower said: “This much-loved annual event draws people from all over Scotland, so the material increase in tourism will be tangible. Pretty much every hotel and restaurant surrounding Scone Palace are fully booked. Tens of thousands of people venturing to Perthshire will provide a timely economic injection to the hard-hit hospitality sector post-pandemic. The benefits of an event like this are far-reaching for so many, from those with a single room airB&B through to multi-national hotel groups.”
Guests can expect a wide range of events throughout the weekend, including fishing, clay shooting, falconry, and a plethora of food and drink related fun for the whole family to enjoy. The fair is also dog friendly so mans-best friend will be able to join in on the excitement.
Renowned ex River Cottage game chef Tim Maddams has created a bespoke breakfast and lunch menu for the Enclosure Restaurant at this year’s Fair.
Located in the GWCT Members Enclosure, the table service Restaurant is exclusively for GWCT members on the Friday with Grouse, Pheasant and Stag packages and is open to both members and non-members holding Grouse, Pheasant and Stag packages on both Saturday and Sunday.
For 2021, The Richmond Kettle Company Kitchen Theatre and Food Hall will see top game chefs and industry experts giving demonstrations and talks, along with a whole host of food vendors to try.
If you enjoy journeying off the beaten path, then the foraging experience, coinciding with Nature Scot’s annual Foraging Fortnight, will help teach visitors valuable identification skills, gather a range of edible plants, seeds, fruit and fungi, and prepare a wild food-inspired dish at the Food Hall.
For further information regarding the GWCT Scottish Game Fair as well as what's on throughout the weekend, check out the Scottish Fair website here
Be sure to visit us at the Scottish Game Fair this Saturday and grab a free copy of the magazine!