Celebrating Celtic Connections at the 200th Royal Highland Show

Welsh food and drink producers will be heading to Edinburgh this month to take part in the Royal Highland Show, Scotland’s pinnacle event of the agricultural calendar. And with 2022 marking 200 years since the very first Royal Highland Show in 1822, the event promises to be a great celebration. 

The Welsh trade stand is part of the “Celtic Connections” project, funded by the Decarbonisation and Covid Recovery Fund launched by Food and Drink Wales in 2021. Led by Porthmadog brewery, Purple Moose, 10 producers are collaborating to increase consumer and trade awareness of Welsh food & drink through a shared Celtic Heritage. The project aims to exploit the shared Celtic heritage between Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Cumbria to create opportunities to showcase Welsh food and drink to consumers and trade customers such as wholesalers and distributors. 

Ceri Owen from Purple Moose commented,

“We are very excited to be leading the Celtic Connections project and heading north to take part in Larder Live! at the Royal Highland Show.  We are keen to expand our distribution into northern England and Scotland and look forward to tickling Scottish taste buds with our fantastic Welsh produce.”

Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Government Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd, said:

“I am delighted our Welsh food and drink producers will have the opportunity to take part in Scotland’s iconic Royal Highland Show, especially as the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland celebrate their 200th anniversary.

“Wales and Scotland have much in common, including our shared Celtic heritage and distinct culture and language, and I wish the producers a very successful show as they make new connections with our Scottish friends.”

The 10 producers taking part in the Celtic Connections project are:

Bill Gray, Chairman of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland said,

“This is the first time that we’ve had a Welsh trade stand in Larder Live! and we are particularly delighted to welcome Wales to this very special 200th anniversary Royal Highland Show. 

Like Scotland, Wales has an enviable reputation for quality food and drink, rooted in tradition whilst embracing innovation.  I’m looking forward to sampling the Welsh food and drink and hope the producers enjoy their Royal Highland Show experience.”