NFU Scotland’s Ayrshire region welcomed almost 500 diners to the Union’s Annual Dinner on Monday 14 February at Fairmont, St Andrews, where guests enjoyed the very best food that local producers have to offer.
For a number of years now the annual dinner has been the highlight of the social calendar for many NFU members, with an incredible menu too tempting to pass up. This year was no exception with many willing contributors generously donating produce and financial assistance to the event. NFUS has extended special thanks to its main sponsor this year, Morrisons.
Jimmy Ireland, Ayrshire regional chairman said:
“Ayrshire is steeped in both history and romance, so how appropriate that this event fell on Valentine’s Day. We were pleased to serve up a superb menu of Ayrshire food showcasing the delicious produce that is grown and made in our beautiful county.
Christine Cuthbertson, NFU Scotland’s Ayrshire regional manager, added:
“I am immensely proud to have been involved in sourcing Ayrshire produce for the NFUS Annual Dinner. The quality of food on offer from our region is incredible, and the support and generosity of the local businesses have been overwhelming.
“The starter of a Pheasant and Ayrshire Bacon terrine made by Braehead Foods tickled the tastebuds and the Beetroot glazed Ayrshire beef fillet from A K Stoddart was delicious. The dessert of a trio of sweet carrot with ginger ice cream also showed off the region’s innovative use of seasonal produce.”
“Ayrshire is most commonly thought of as a dairy region, but the menu on offer showed that while our region might be relatively small in size, we can pack a big punch across a wide variety of foods. Ayrshire is also home to one of the longest standing farmers’ markets in Scotland, and has its own food network. We were delighted to host the NFUS Annual Dinner this year and hope that all our guests enjoyed the evening.”