More visitors than ever flocked to the Gordon Castle Highland Games & Country Fair on Sunday (17th May) to enjoy an action packed day of family fun in the spring sunshine. The highly successful event took place as part of the Year of Food and Drink and included a celebration of the best in Scottish food and drink.
As well as thousands of visitors, a number of special guests were present including a delegation from the Chinese Embassy led by Minister Jin Xu. The party met owner of Gordon Castle, Angus Gordon Lennox and his wife Zara, as well as Moray MP, Angus Robertson and MSP Richard Lochhead.
Among the highlights of the day were the Food Court funded by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland, where an excellent array of quality Scottish produce was on offer, and the spectacular fire stunt show, while in the heavyweight events several new records were set for the games. Gordon Castle also hosted its own stand selling its award winning products including Gordon Castle Scotland Gin and the delicious whisky cask cider, which quickly sold out.
Angus Gordon Lennox, Owner of Gordon Castle said: “Thank you to everyone who came and took part in making the day such a success and thanks to EventScotland for their support in helping it continue to grow. We have tried to create an event with a huge variety of attractions to appeal to all members of the family, young and old, and it is wonderful that this is now one of the biggest and most exciting events of its type in the region. Visitors came from far and wide to experience the world-beating quality of our local produce and the beauty of this part of the UK.”
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “The Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair has once again proven to be a huge success, with the event attracting thousands of visitors to Moray. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, and the Gordon Castle Highland Games is a wonderful celebration of our rich heritage and traditions.”
Minister Counselor Jin Xu of the Chinese Embassy in the UK said: “This being my first time to Scotland, I was delighted to attend the Highland Games at Gordon Castle. It was a wonderful opportunity to appreciate and enjoy Scottish tradition first-hand. Clearly Scotland has a lot to offer in history, culture, produce and tourism, and I am certain the numbers of Chinese tourists is sure to grow, as will trade with China. A highly memorable experience in a wonderful place.”
The Gordon Castle Highland Games & Country Fair took place in the grounds of the historic Gordon Castle Estate on the banks of the River Spey in Moray. It combines a traditional highland games with country fair that includes a huge range of music, food, shopping and country pursuits activities and is one of the most high profile and well attended events taking place in the region. During the earlier part of the 20th century the Gordon Castle Highland Games was a prestigious annual event regularly attracting over 30,000 visitors. It was re-launched in 2011 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.