Organisers of the Royal Highland Show (23-26 June), Scotland’s largest celebration of farming, food and rural life, are ready to host three fiercely contested dairy competitions at this year’s Show.

Ice CreamThe Scottish Cheese, Scottish Butter and Scottish Ice Cream Championships will take centre stage at Scotland’s Larder Live!, the Show’s vibrant food and drink destination.

With a joint prize fund of £1,500, the championships will feature familiar favourites such as the Caledonian and Orkney Cheese Companies along with artisan producers such as St Andrews Cheese Company, Errington Cheeses, Highland Fine Cheeses, Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour, Peter Equi & Sons and last year’s ice cream champions, New Lanark Ice Cream.

In addition to Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, entrants will also be competing for additional accolades such as Best Scottish Cheddar, Champion Butter and Champion Ice Cream. This years experienced judges include Mr Stephen Brown (Scotmid), Mr Jim Mathie (Caledonian Cheese), Keith Marley (La Potiniere) and Ms Diane Brown (Provender Brown).

Alongside the championships, showgoers will have the opportunity to listen to talks about the manufacturing processes of cheese, butter and ice cream following which there will be mini-tastings of the finest produce from around Scotland. This will help to open a window on the Scottish dairy industry estimated to be worth over £400million to the economy.

Commenting on the three championships, David Jackson, Royal Highland Show Manager said: “Scotland’s food and drink sector is a pivotal part of the Show. These Championships attract excellent entries from within the industry, with both large and small producers eager to have their produce pitted against rivals and benchmarked. The Show is more than happy to provide this opportunity to showcase these entries, particularly to buyers from across the retail and restaurant sectors.”

The Royal Bank of Scotland, partner since 1981, continues to support the Show and the agricultural industry in Scotland.

The Champion of Champions will be judged around midday on the 23 June with the Best Cheese going head to head against the Best Butter and the Best Ice Cream.