In this Year of Scottish Food and Drink, we were looking forward to our annual visit to The Scottish Speciality Food Show in Glasgow. Over 140 exhibitors from all over Scotland and the very north of England come together to promote their wonderful products.  The cold and snow didn’t stop us – we just love catching up with everyone and seeing and tasting all the new products.

Here’s our show top 11 in no particular order:

Summer Harvest:  A wonderful selection of Rapeseed dressings and marinades along with fruit vinegars from Madderty close to Crieff in Perthshire.  We absolutely love the Lemon Vinegar – ideal for adding a wonderful flavour to salads and stir fries.   Gift Boxes are available along with an amazing truffle oil.  There’s also a few special edition dressings coming soon!  Check out the website for the full range or give Mark and Maggie a call.

Chrystal’s Shortbread : This is our most favourite shortbread in the world.  Chrystal’s recipe has been handed down from her mum and it’s all handmade in Helensburgh.  The shortbread comes in a range of pack sizes from individual packs for hotels and catering, small packs of 4 fingers, boxes of cubes as in the picture and beautiful metal gift tins. Nothing is added – this is traditional shortbread as it should be.
Coco Chocolate:  Based at Summerhall in Edinburgh with a couple of shops in the city Coco Chocolatier have a lovely range of chocolate bars and hot chocolates.  The bar packaging really makes this delicious chocolate feel luxurious.  Flavours such as Rose and Black Pepper, Gin and Tonic and Haggis Spice really tempt the taste buds.  We tried the Haggis Spice and it was unexpectedly delicious!  We have still to try the hot chocolate but it looks luxurious and ideal for these frosty nights.
Fife Jamming Co:  A new launch at the show, Fife Jamming company have three flavours available initially.  Raspberry and Elderflower, Bramble and Apple and Rhubarb and Fig.  We tried both the Raspberry and Rhubarb combination and both were extremely fruity and flavoursome.  I’m sure there will be lots more combinations to follow.

Rock Rose Gin: This wonderful Gin is produced by husband and wife team at Dunnet Bay Distillers and comes in a beautifully designed ceramic bottle. Rock Rose Gin is made  in Caithness right at the top of Scotland. This very northerly gin features an alluring botanical selection including locally harvested Rhodiola Rosea, Rowan Berries, Sea Buckthorn, Blaeberries, which is complimented by the exotic Verbena, Coriander Seed, Cardamom and Juniper from two different countries – Italy and Bulgaria. They use a traditional copper pot still, and vapour infuse their gin.  Look out for a Vodka coming soon.

Pittenweem Chocolate Company Single Malt Whisky Liqueurs:  These are my absolutely favourite chocolates in the world.  Each cloud of chocolate comes filled with a different single malt.  You pop the whole chocolate in your mouth and either let it melt or just bite into it to release the malt. Sublime!  Hot chocolate is also available.

Brodies of Edinburgh: Brodies are an Edinburgh Institution and have been producing Tea and Coffee since 1867.  Last year they launched their new Pyramid Tea Bags in 6 new flavours:  Breakfast, Earl Grey, Camomile, Peppermint, Green Tea with Japanese Cherry and Red Berry Crush.  The Green Tea with Japanese Cherry won a Best Product award Highly Commended at the show.  They also do amazing Scottish Berry Chocolates!

Perthshire Oatcakes:  We love this range of really crisp oatcakes from Perthshire. Chris makes these wonderful oatcakes with 100% Scottish Oats and Scottish spring water.  The traditional and cracked black pepper are our favourites.  They also produce cheese, chilli, sweet, ginger and thin and crispy, so something for everyone.

Summerhouse Drinks: Claire Rennie from Fraserburgh started Summerhouse Drinks last year via crowdfunding.  Claire will be travelling around summer fairs and events with her Summerhouse, providing craft sodas and handmade Scottish Lemonades for all.  They have just launched a Lavender Lemonade which is lovely.  The walled garden on their farm is being reinstated allow them to grow the mint, lavender and other additions for their lemonades.  Keep and eye out for a Cherry one coming soon.

Poporopo:  Scotland’s first Gourmet Popcorn company based in Stirling has flavours such as Sea Salt Caramel using Isle of Skye Sea Salt.  Word has it that there will be lots of new flavours coming from this vibrant new business.  Very tasty!

Your Piece Seeded Oatcakes:  These Handmade Oatmeal Oatcakes with seeds  are our favourite oatcakes. With absolutely no shortage of seeds the oatcakes are beautifully crisp, and very moreish.  Your piece also do Highlander Shortbreads, Oatmeal shortbreads and porridge bars. 

As we continue to Eat Scotland, it’s great to see such a vibrant, confident and expanding food scene. Let us know your favourite Scottish products so that we can try them too.

The Scottish Speciality Food Show is on at the SECC until Tuesday so pop along if you get the opportunity.

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