A hamper full of goods from Moray and the surrounding area will be given to each of the 127 Pipe Bands competing at Piping At Forres, sponsored by Benromach Speyside Single Malt Whisky, to raffle or auction towards the costs of attending Pipe Band competitions.
As well as putting in many hours of practice, competing bands must pay for accommodation, food and transport which can mean considerable costs for bands, especially those who have ferry or air fares to pay. Even local bands have to meet the costs of transport and catering.
The companies who have contributed to this exclusive Piping At Forres Hamper include: Benromach Speyside Single Malt Whisky; Ashers of Nairn; Baxters of Fochabers; Gardiners of Scotland; Gordon & MacPhail; Hamlyn’s Oatmeal and Porridge Oats; Mackay’s jams; Nairn’s Oatcakes; Speyside Water; Johnstons of Elgin; Mackie’s of Scotland; Summer House Drinks; Deans Shortbread; Walkers Shortbread and Windswept Craft Beers.
Joanna Taylor, a Director of Forres Events Ltd, which runs the event as not-for-profit said: “This is a wonderful way of supporting the pipebands who make a considerable effort to be here and showcasing the great produce we have in Moray and the local area. We are very grateful to the companies who have contributed to the hamper and we hope the bands will take these hampers back home to raffle and use the money to come back to Forres on Saturday 24 June 2017.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Scotland is known the world-over for the quality of its food and drink offer, so it is terrific that all bands competing at Piping at Forres will leave with a wonderful hamper to contribute towards their fundraising efforts.
“This terrific gesture from some of Scotland’s most famous suppliers will help each band, including those who have travelled from far and wide, to cover some of their costs and we’re sure that this taste of Scotland will prove very popular with the eventual recipient.”
This weekend (18/19th) is the last chance to buy advance tickets online or in shops. From Sunday tickets will only be available at the event at the full price.
Until Saturday 18 June in shops and 19 June online tickets at advance prices are available at Beaver Travel in Forres and Elgin; Brodie Countryfare; The Bookshop, Logie Steading; Brambles Boutique, Nairn; Ewe & Me, Aberlour and Grantown-on-Spey or online at www.pipingatforres.com. Tickets are in the form of wristbands allowing the ticket holder to exit and enter the park throughout the day.
Advance ticket prices offer a saving over the price of tickets sold on the day as follows:-
Adult (18-59) £11.00 (£13.00 on day)
Youth (12-17) £7.00 (£8.00 on day)
Senior Citizens (60 +) £10.00 (£11.00 on day)
Children under 12 Free of charge when accompanied by an adult, although they must be in possession of a wristband.
Family Ticket 2 adults, 2 youths £30.00 (£32.00 on day).
In addition to the Piping there will be a Retail & Craft village and a Food & Drink village, including a Walkers shortbread sponsored marquee featuring some of the finest produce in Moray and the surrounding area. Brodie Countryfare café will be serving teas and coffees in a seated area. There will also be beer tents, including craft beers, fairground areas, and other entertainment and stalls for all the family including the World Tattie Scone Championship.
Anyone interested in volunteering at the event who has not already done so is invited to contact Sandra MacIver on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the Title Sponsor of the Championships which will be held 25 June 2016 in Grant Park, Forres.