With having a great big gun dog it’s only normal that you attend lots of game fairs right? Well that technically isn’t the case but I actually love the buzz at these events and having Beau is just an even bigger excuse to go!
Back on the 6th July we attended the Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace, it was a great day in a stunning location with perfect summer weather and this was Beau’s first game fair…it was also his first at the Gun Dog Scurry, but we won’t mention that again! #epicfail
Friday 2nd July and Saturday 3rd July 2013 saw this years Moy Game Fair take place at Moy Estate, 10 miles outside of Inverness. This event always takes place on the first weekend of August, usually following on from the Black Isle Show and happening at the same time as Belladrum Festival (a very busy weekend for the Highlands). The forecast for this years event was very changeable, and after the Black Isle Show having a complete downpour on the Thursday we all thought Moy would be the same but in true unpredictable Highland weather style the sun made an appearance, along with the wind (which was great for keeping the dreaded Highland midges at bay) and made for a dry, warm and fun filled weekend!
We went along on the Friday and kickstarted the afternoon with a toasted slice of Really Garlicky ciabatta bread (yum!) and of course a visit to the beer tent (something that could be improved upon choice wise given the fantastic range of craft beers and ciders now available in Scotland…Tennent’s Lager and Strongbow Cider just doesn’t cut it anymore!). Throughout the day the main ring had various demonstrations and activities on but we were having far too much fun catching up with friends (human and canine), checking out some of the great products for sale and sampling goodies in the food hall.
Some of our favourite stands at the event included The Drawing Room (lovely gifts and accessories), Eoghain Maclean Photography (stunning wildlife prints) and Darach (unique furniture and gifts made out of barrels). All local businesses and all lovely folk!
Within the food hall there was a fantastic range of local businesses offering samples and lovely produce including Berry Good, Wine Time, Macbeth’s Butchers, CULLISSE Highland Rapeseed Oil, Connage Highland Dairy, Really Garlicky and Great Glen Game.
As well as the food hall there was also a lovely craft tent and a cafe area provided by The Dairy at Daviot. Other fun activities going on throughout the day around the site included Clay Pigeon Shooting, Gun Dog Scurry, Fly Fishing Demonstrations, Try A Gun, Terrier Racing and Field Archery but Beau’s favourite bit about the whole day was playing with his friends…Berry Good Pip and Really Garlicky Fennel!
All in all the Moy Game Fair 2013 made for a great day out and we would certainly recommend you check it out for next year…