Enjoy a Taste of The Highlands at the NFUS AGM

NFU Scotland’s Highland Region will welcome almost 500 diners to the NFU Scotland Annual Dinner on Monday 13 February at Fairmont, St Andrews, to sample some of the very best food that local producers in the Highlands have to offer. 

The NFU Scotland Annual Dinner is the highlight of the social calendar for many NFU members, with a menu too tempting to pass up. This year is no exception, and we are, as ever, delighted to have so many willing contributors who have so generously donated produce, and financial assistance, to ensure the success of the event. 

This year is particularly special as Lady Claire Macdonald, owner of the Michelin starred Kinloch Lodge on Skye, and winner of the 2011 NFUS Ambassador Award for her contribution to the promotion of Scottish produce, has designed the menu for the evening.

Lady Claire Macdonald said:

“The food from the Highlands and Islands is simply superb. The coast produces fish and shellfish that are the envy of all other European countries; beef, lamb and pork is farmed to the highest standard of excellence; and fantastic dairy produce is made by artisan producers throughout the region. Some have now achieved global recognition for their delicious cheeses.

“There is also a legion of highly skilled bakers throughout the Highlands and Islands as well as enterprising individuals who grow herbs, and a wide range of salad leaves. While all varieties of root vegetables are grown, the most famous of all must be the tatties; those grown on the beautiful Black Isle are wonderful. And as for the soft fruit - well, that grown in the Highlands and Islands easily rivals that grown elsewhere in Scotland!

“It would be hard to name a better region of Scotland for the sheer quality and wide variety of foods produced within the area.”

Highlands Regional Chairman, Hugh Fraser added:

“It has been an absolute pleasure for the members of the Highland Region to have the opportunity to showcase our finest quality produce, and we are privileged that Lady Claire Macdonald has designed us such a wonderful menu. 

“The Highlands of Scotland are renowned for their spectacular beauty, and we are fortunate to farm within this landscape on agricultural land that allows us to produce a diverse range of food and drink.

 “A huge thanks must go to all who have been involved in preparing for this Annual Dinner, with particular thanks to those companies supplying produce and supporting the event with sponsorship and donations.  Your help has allowed us to showcase the very best Tastes of the Highlands.”

Notes to Editors

  • Special thanks to the following companies who have been supplied food and drinks for the 2012 NFUS Annual Dinner: Cullisse Highland Rapeseed Oil, Mey Selections, Tio (This is organics), Connage Highland Dairy, Cromarty Brewing Co, Dingwall and Highland Marts Limited, Golspie Mill (oatmeal), Highland Fine Cheeses, J Rhind & Co Farmers, Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd, Woodhead Bros, WW Martin & Son (potatoes).
  • The main sponsor of the NFUS Annual Dinner for 2012 is Morrisons. Diageo has sponsored the drinks reception and canapés for the drinks reception have been provided by The Cook School Scotland.


Contact Wendy Fleming on 0131 472 4020

Date Published:

News Article No.: 15/12

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