Royal Highland Show Scottish Championships open for entries

Exhibitor Callum MacPhail with Garcalfra Sweet Iona at the Royal Highland Show 2018. Photograph: Jen Spiers of JSA Spiers Photography.

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The 2019 Scottish Championships are now open for entries, as The Royal Highland Show invites producers from across Scotland to apply for the prestigious awards.

The championships for bread, dairy, honey and handcrafts recognise excellence in Scottish produce and are judged by a panel of experienced judges at the 2019 Royal Highland Show on June 20-23.

Over the years the championships have attracted producers and crafters of the highest-quality in Scotland and are recognised as a respected accolade that can greatly benefit the successful entrants.

The dairy championships comprise competitions for cheese, ice cream, yoghurt and butter, with classes including those for specialty cheese, frozen yoghurt and flavoured butter.

The honey  championships, held in association with the Scottish Beekeepers Association, features several classes to include all things honey related, including honey, honey cocktails, artwork related to beekeeping and photography featuring bees.

A showcase of creativity, the handcrafts championships include a variety of art forms, from porcelain and beadwork to baskets and walking sticks. This year’s theme is Christmas.

Each year the bread championships, held in association with Scotland the Bread, attract a high calibre of entry.

Alandas Gelateria was the overall Champion in the dairy championships in both 2017 and 2018, with their Belgian Milk Chocolate flavour having won Gold for four years running.

Speaking about this accolade, Valentina Black, director of operations for Alandas, said: ‘It’s a great thing to be involved in because with small businesses like us entering alongside huge national businesses, you get the chance to see how your product compares to some very influential brands. It’s also quite fun!’

Entries close for the Scottish Championships on May 19 for paper entries and May 26 for online entries. Full details of entry criteria and classes can be found on the Royal Highland Show website