Review: Artisan’s Village at the International Sheep Dog Trials

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 15:15

Throughout Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink event and festival organisers have been encouraged to incorporate and showcase locally produced food and drink as a key part of their events. With the International Sheep Dog Trials being held in D&G during September 2015, event organiser Fiona McMillan saw it as a perfect opportunity to showcase local and artisan food and drink as part of a celebration of rural skills and crafts.

The idea wasn’t simply to retail local food and drink, but to positively celebrate it. Working with Moffat Farmers’ Market, and producers from other markets from across Dumfries & Galloway, an Artisan’s Village was created to create three food and drink zones, which complemented the commercial catering at this prestigious event – a Vintage Tea marquee, a Pies & Pints tent and a Sweets & Treats zone.

Attracting thousands of visitors from across the UK and Ireland, as well as the US, Canada and mainland Europe, this three day event provided an opportunity to showcase the quality and diversity of Dumfries & Galloway’s larder.

Farmers’ market producers tested out a new approach to presenting their products, and the Artisan’s Village combined the warmth of a farmers’ market, with the convenience of street food and the information of rural demonstrations.

With traditional teas and cake proving popular, crowds drawn by the aroma of hot, tasty pies and even Princess Anne trying out some of the more unusual food on offer, the International Sheep Dog Trials gave the participating producers an opportunity to shine and to try out something completely difference. Judging by the speed the cakes were disappearing, it’s a concept that seems to work!

We look forward to seeing this innovative, collaborative approach being tried by more events and festivals in the future.

Published by Lorna Young from DG Food & Drink on Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 15:15