A fine array of fresh Scottish produce including products from local Dalbeattie based Roan’s Dairy  will form NFU Scotland’s Annual Dinner, taking place at St Andrews on Thursday 11 February.
The fantastic menu boasts produce from across the country, from lamb and potatoes for the starter, to beef fillet and cheeks for the main course, and ice cream, ginger and beetroot for the dessert; accompanied by chocolate, cheeses and oatcakes to round off the tasty fare.
Diageo – a global leader in beverage alcohol with an impressive collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine – is the pre-dinner drinks reception sponsor for the event once again.
NFU Scotland President Allan Bowie commented: “This dinner offers us the chance to reflect and savour the great food that Scottish farming delivers day in and day out and allows us all to take a bit of time out to appreciate the fantastic results of these endeavours.
“I am particularly grateful to the companies throughout Scotland who have sponsored or supplied the produce for this year’s dinner. I know that Scottish farming takes great pride in what we grow and, to have a stronger food and drink industry that same passion has to go all the way to the table or shelf. This menu reflects exactly that.
“I am very much aware that consumers, here and abroad, recognise and value the provenance and quality of the food we produce here in Scotland and I will continue to champion this cause.”

• NFU Scotland’s Annual Dinner will take place on Thursday 11 February at the Fairmont, St Andrews as part of the Union’s AGM.
• The menu for the occasion is as follows:
– Starter: Scotch Lamb shepherd’s pie with minted mash topping and pea purée
– Main course: roast fillet of Scotch Beef, slow cooked cheek, mealy pudding, creamed cabbage, salt baked carrot, Mull Cheddar potato gratin.
– Dessert: Sticky carrot cake, beetroot and ginger mousse, with vanilla ice cream.
– Cheese and chocolate: Mull of Kintyre, St Andrews Cheese and Caledonia Cheeses served with Nairn oatcakes and Isle of Arran chutney. Mackies chocolate.
• Key suppliers for the menu include: ANM Thainstone, Braehead Foods, Caldwells, ABP, Muller, Boghall Butchers, Diageo, Stewart Tower, Roan’s Dairy, Caledonia Cheese, St Andrews Cheese, First Milk, Nairns, Mhor Bread and Mackies.
• The pre-dinner drinks reception sponsor is Diageo:
– Scotland is one of Diageo’s largest spirit supply centres responsible for producing nearly 50 million cases of leading brands of Scotch whisky and white sprits annually.
It employs more than 4,000 people in Scotland, working in over 50 communities across the country.
It values its long-established relationship with the agricultural sector and grain merchants and recognises the importance of a healthy and sustainable future for the agricultural industry.

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