Field sports, family fun and the best food and drink from across the Highlands as Moy Country Fair returns
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Moy Country Fair makes a welcome return this summer with two days of country pursuits, family fun, wonderful exhibits, competitions and the best food and drink from across the Highlands and beyond.
The hugely popular event is being held on Friday, August 5, and Saturday, August 6, at Moy Estate,10 miles south of Inverness.
From 11am on each day, there are a host of activities and displays within the Main Ring including pipe bands, a spectacular birds of prey demonstration, gundog demonstrations, pets parade, and everyone’s favourite – foxhounds and terrier racing!
Country pursuits and field sports are at the heart of the fair. Visitors can try their hand at a range of activities, from clay pigeon shooting, musket shooting and air rifles to catapults and archery where experienced staff will be on hand to help you. The gundog tests are always a great spectacle to watch or take yourself down to the shores of the loch and enjoy some of the fishing pursuits in Anglers Corner.
The RNLI will also be attending Moy Country Fair this year offering water safety demonstrations as more and more people are enjoying wild swimming and paddle boarding in the Highland countryside.
The fair has lots of activities for wee ones too, including donkey rides, a bouncy castle, face painting and Bubbles the Clown. Junior Macnab Challenge will be hosted by The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) and involves hitting a target with an air rifle, shooting clay pigeons and fly casting.
There will be over 160 trade stands offering a wide range of the highest quality goods and gifts including clothing and footwear, indoor furnishings, artwork, garden furniture, vehicles, land equipment as well as a large selection of animal-related goods.
You can also explore the two craft marquees to discover some of the many artisan products made here and further afield. There will also be advisory stands with information on land and property management.
No country fair would be complete without enjoying the best food and drink around!
There will be an increased emphasis on the Highland food scene with local producers, chefs and caterers all playing their part.
Visitors can indulge their taste buds with delicious fare from the 20 traders in the Food Hall. Enjoy a taste of the Highlands with Moy’s very first food theatre!
The fair will be showcasing a number of local producers, chefs and caterers who will demonstrate their culinary skills and allow visitors to enjoy countryside cuisine. The demonstrations are sponsored by Bonk & Co and Williamson Foodservice.
Presenter, demonstrator and professional chef, Christopher Trotter, will be presenting cookery demonstrations at the fair using produce from the food and drink traders in the Food Hall.
The cookery demonstrations will show visitors simple ways of preparing and cooking with these wonderful ingredients and Christopher will be taking culinary questions throughout the event.
A supporter of 15 local charities, the fair is an important date in many people’s calendars both locally and in the wider Inverness area, donating £792,600 to local causes over its 40-year history.
The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust is the leading UK charity conducting scientific research to enhance the British countryside for public benefit. For over 75 years they have been researching and developing game and wildlife management techniques. Visitors can meet the GWCT team at the fair.
JP Campbell, a director on the Moy Country Fair Committee, is excited to see the event return and welcomes families to have a great day out. He said: “The Moy Country Fair is a great way for everyone to come together in the countryside and celebrate the traditions that rural communities enjoy.
“After a challenging few years, we are thrilled to be able to see large events like this returning and are looking forward to welcoming many visitors as well as the many vendors and competitors in August.”
The fair is open from 9am to 5.30pm both days.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day although savings can be made when pre-booking tickets via the Moyfield Country Fair website. Adult tickets are available from £17 if using the online early bird offer. Under 16s go free.
Tickets purchased on the day are £20 per adult. Visit www.moycountryfair.co.uk for more information.