Nairn businesses will be showcased at the Royal Highland Show in June

The Royal Highland Show has been canceled for 2021.

FIRMS from Nairnshire and Inverness will be in the spotlight at the Royal Highland Show in June as the event returns in person for the first time since the pandemic began.

This year’s show is particularly special as it is the 200th anniversary of the first show which took place at Canongate, near where the Scottish Parliament currently sits.

Since moving to its permanent home in Ingliston in 1960, each region of Scotland has taken turns hosting and 2022 sees the Highlands and Islands take the opportunity to showcase its innovation and resilience over the two past centuries, as well as highlighting the best of its products.

As Honorary Chairman Ewan Macdonald explained, “We are extremely proud to have the chance to be the host region in this very special year for the Royal Highland Show. And we take the opportunity to demonstrate how we have survived and prospered for centuries in this part of the world, using our natural resources.

Under the theme ‘Natural Capital of Scotland – Highlands and Islands’, a specially created exhibition will focus on our rural economy, tourism and culture, food and drink, as well as renewable energy and the fight against change. climatic. The different areas will tell the story of a region that has always used its natural resources to innovate, from the country’s first commercial hydroelectric project at Loch Ness to the groundbreaking marine energy center of Stromness. And it’s a region whose stunning landscapes, amazing wildlife, and fascinating history and culture draw visitors from all over the world.

The President’s Initiative marquee will tell the story of the Highlands and Islands region and its innovation in three areas – tackling climate change, food and drink and tourism.

Much of the popular Food Hall has been dedicated to food producers from the Highlands and Islands.

And through a partnership with Black Isle-based Exclusively Highland, there will also be a focus on the region in the Home and Gift Hall. A number of artisans and artists will be selling their wares, including Rose Cottage Kitchen, Jack Spowart, Gold Moss and Kirsten Hel.

This is a great opportunity for exhibitors to reach up to 200,000 visitors who will attend the Show over the four days from Thursday June 23 to Sunday June 26.

Ewan added: “Many of these small producers could never consider attending the show on their own, but through grants we were able to make it more affordable so they could test the waters. And we’re thrilled to have such a diverse array of talent from across our region. This is our chance to show the rest of the country the fantastic place we call home. It’s always been a place where we turn our challenges into opportunities.”

In addition to small producers, the President’s initiative will promote the work of some of the most established players in the Highlands and Islands region, such as Walkers, Johnston’s of Elgin and ANTA.

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