RHASS prepares for ‘behind closed doors’ Royal Highland Showcase

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) is gearing up to host their livestreamed ‘behind closed doors’ event – the Royal Highland Showcase, in Partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland.

Taking place over the week of June 14 – June 20, the showcase, a first of its kind event in the UK, will see the best in livestock judging, equestrian, food and drink and rural skills streamed live and in high definition, from the Ingliston showground in Edinburgh, to a global audience online.

The showcase was created following the cancellation of the Royal Highland Show earlier this year.

Thousands are expected to tune in online to watch farm animals, witness Scotland’s delicious larder and experience the country’s vibrant culture including music, traditional crafts and rural skills – all from the comfort of their home.

All online access will be free, and with four live streams providing nine hours of action on each of the seven days, the showcase will give the audience an “unprecedented view of the finest livestock in Scotland” and also provide a greater insight into the world of judging than has been possible before.

It will also have hours of on-demand content that can be accessed throughout show week.

It will provide programming and exciting insights not only for the agricultural enthusiast, but for those who might never have been to the show before.

Pre recorded features

The showcase will include pre-recorded features on the Scottish Championships for bread, dairy and handcrafts alongside sheep shearing, forestry and farriery skills, and a range of presentations and industry talks provided by our partner organisations.

Educational content from the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) will include engaging videos, suggested activities to do at home or the classroom, a teacher-focused webinar, and meeting their volunteers.

Over 5,000 schoolchildren have already signed up to participate in the showcase direct from their classrooms.

For food lovers there is a host of well-known celebrity chefs lined up for presenting live cookery demonstrations.

The chefs selected for the cookery shows have all featured at previous Shows and come from across Scotland, from Aberdeenshire in the north down to Border country, with a fantastic range of dishes to inspire you at home.

Chefs include Neil Forbes of Café St Honoré and Craig Wilson, ‘The Kilted Chef’.

The announcement follows detailed planning in collaboration with the Scottish government to develop an event that highlights the best of farming, food and rural life, both for a domestic audience and internationally, reinforcing Scotland’s reputation as the ‘perfect stage’ for major events.

Work will continue in the run up to the event to ensure that strict Covid-19 protocols are in place for staff and participants making the event happen.

All content will be free to view and can be accessed via their website from June 14.