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Gary Maclean MasterChef The Professionals WinnerIn 2014 Stirling Highland Games made the decision to make sure its visitors had, as an enjoyable food and drink experience as the event itself. By adopting a tendering process, they were looking for food and drink producers that offered quality produce at a reasonable price. Following a review, the feedback from visitors was positive including a blogger who shared his thoughts on his highland games experience.

“The food options at these kind of events are very often dire. Overpriced, unhealthy and awful is to be expected far too often. The Stirling Games have excelled themselves though and the choice is actually pretty impressive. Angus beef burgers and even Asian influenced meat and veg dishes are on offer!”

Spurred on by the positive feedback the committee looked at expanding the food and drink offering. In 2015, funding was secured through the Year of Food & Drink which was the Scottish Government initiative led by VisitScotland, giving events an opportunity to showcase, celebrate and promote Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce to our people as well as our visitors. This allowed Stirling Highland Games to promote 6 Scottish producers and with feedback again positive they decided food and drink would play a key part in the event’s future sustainability. Fiona Richmond, Special Projects Manager, Scotland Food & Drink said:

“Scotland Food & Drink is delighted to be once again working with Stirling Highland Games. The food and drink sector is one of Scotland’s fastest growing and consumers are demanding more choice and more local produce to be available at events. Over the last few years, the Games have worked hard to reflect this demand and we are delighted to support them in the creation of the Stirling Foodie Fest area.”

Since 2014 the Games Committee have increased the food and drink presence year on year with also support in 2016 from EventScotland. This year, Stirling Foodie Fest will be a fully marqueed area for visitors to relax, wander, sample, purchase and enjoy the producer’s offerings. As part of this new feature, Stirling Foodie Fest warmly welcomes our celebrity chef of the day Gary Maclean, the 2016 MasterChef Professional Champion. He beat 47 other professional chefs over seven weeks of cooking and was named winner in December 2016 by Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace. Gary commented:

“I am really excited to be part of the inaugural Stirling Foodie Fest. I think having a quality food and drink offering as part of the main event will attract a massive following of foodies from through the UK. Stirling’s location is so central and visitors will be able to get a hands-on experience with some of Scotland’s award winning producers.”

To add to the Stirling Foodie Fest experience Gary is also scheduled to do a Q & A during the day, allowing all foodie fans in attendance a great opportunity to speak with him. There will be up to 25 Scotland food and drink producers on site showcasing including the likes of McQueen Craft Gin, The Wee Fudge Co, FizzBuz Prosecco, All That’s Delicious, Harviestoun Craft Beer and All Things Nice.

If you are a Scottish producer and wish to be part of this year’s Stirling Foodie Fest then opportunities are available to book your traders space. You can apply online by visiting the Stirling Highland Games web site at or emailing and request an application form.

stirling highland gamesStirling Highland Games event organiser, Matt McGrandles is delighted to announce that EventScotland has awarded funding through its National programme to help develop the growing cultural and sporting event for the Stirling area.
“We have some big plans for this year’s event,” Matt explained. “In addition to providing a highly successful competition for athletes we want a day out at Stirling Highland Games to be an experience for our visitors.”
“So, when they come along to enjoy the traditional highland games events this year, they will also be able to enjoy our Trade Village which includes an array of Scotland’s award winning food and drink produce, sample some craft beer at the Harviestoun draught keg beer bar, meet some Scottish Clans and give the younger audience the chance to participate in some activities with a mini highland games challenge for kids.”
The funding secured from EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, will allow Stirling Highland Games to develop its digital marketing campaign and food and drink offering. Building on the success of last year’s games the 2016 event will create more opportunities for Scotland’s Food & Drink producers to sell to a wider client base. The Stirling Games attracts many overseas visitors as well as visitors from across the UK to the region each year.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Stirling Highland Games again this year. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and Matt and his team have brought together another exciting programme, including a strong food and drink element. Our support will enable the event to develop and grow; delivering a significant economic impact and attracting visitors from across Stirlingshire and further afield.”
There is definitely something for everyone at this year’s event and Stirling Highland Games Chieftain, Lesley Paterson, looks forward to welcoming you on Saturday 20th August. Discounted tickets can be purchased online up until 31st July at

Lesley PatersonStirling Highland Games is delighted to announce Lesley Paterson as its 2016 Games Chieftain.

Event Organiser Matt McGrandles said, ‘The more I look into this part of the highland games, the more it amazes me the number of hugely successful people we have from Stirling and Lesley is a shining light in that respect. I had no problem putting her forward for consideration at the last Board meeting where the committee gave their full approval.’

Lesley, who now stays in San Diego with her husband Simon started her sporting career as a youth rugby player at Stirling County RFC.  She says, ‘I’m honoured to be chosen as Chieftain of the highland games as Stirling is my home town. I am really looking forward to the day.’

Lesley PatersonAt 14 she transitioned from rugby to triathlon where she competed 17 times all over the world for the British and Scottish triathlon team. Her results would be the envy of most athletes from being Scottish Youth Triathlon Champion in 1995 to recently winning Xterra events across the US in 2015.

An area that Lesley really enjoys is her fitness coaching where she gets to pass on her life experiences to others, helping them achieve their goals and ambitions. Lesley adds, ‘I am hoping I can talk to and inspire the younger generation to go out there and follow their dreams. My motto is simple, you are more than a data point and email address.’

Lesley Paterson, the 2016 Games Chieftain of Stirling Highland Games will be officially welcoming games visitors at 12 noon on Saturday 20th August. Discounted tickets can be bought in advance plus we have a limited amount of Chieftains Tickets for an added Scottish experience.

If you have someone in mind that is a famous son or daughter of Stirling and could be considered a future Chieftain then please contact us.



Stirling Highland Games PledgeStirling Highland Games Event Organiser, Matt McGrandles is delighted to support and work with Resource Efficiency Scotland through a pledge to develop an environment policy, engage staff about recycling at the event and encourage the use of public transport.

Resource Efficient Scotland believe that by joining the Pledge and successfully achieving the actions you will quickly see the benefits of resource efficiency.

In addition, they are delighted to offer each Pledge signatory marketing and support benefits to reward you for signing up.

Those benefits include:

Certificate to display within your premises;
Use of Resource Efficiency Pledge for print and online materials;
When you sign the pledge, you will feature on the Resource Efficiency Pledge website;
Feature in Resource Efficient Scotland ezine (40,000 recipients) featuring your business as a Pledge signatory;
Regional press release for newspaper in your area highlighting your inclusion in the Pledge programme;
Inclusion in @ResourceScot twitter campaign (circa 10,000 followers);
Opportunity to discuss involvement of your business with Resource Efficient Scotland engagement events.