There is a wealth of fantastic local produce farmed in Badenoch and Strathspey. Locally farmed cattle and sheep provide tasty ingredients for delicious recipes; both traditional and with a modern twist. The extensive grazing that is a feature of the Strath farmland also delivers great areas for wildlife, especially the massively declining population of breeding waders of the Strath – lapwing, redshank, snipe and curlew. To promote produce from the Strath and encourage people to use these wader-friendly ingredients, RSPB Cairngorms Futurescapes, supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and in association with Kingussie Food on Film Festival 2014, has launched a recipe competition with a fabulous prize.

Not only do you get a voucher for some top quality Creag Meagaidh venison, but you also get your recipe demonstrated on stage at the Food Hall in the Badenoch Centre on February 1st by Our celebrity chef, and your recipe published!

There are of course a few rules for the competition. They are listed below but basically the recipe must be based on beef or lamb / mutton, as these are the livestock that most contribute to efforts to sustain the breeding wader population, and we encourage the use of other local and wildlife-friendly ingredients. It also needs to taste good!

Prizes and Rules for Wader-friendly Recipe Competition

1. The recipe must be based around local lamb / mutton or beef
2. It must include local produce and biodiversity-friendly ingredients
3. Ingredients plus instructions must be less than 250 words
4. The weights and measures must be in metric
5. The recipe must be supplied in electronic format and emailed to
6. The closing date for recipe entries is receipt at the above email address at 12 mid day Thursday 19th December 2013
7. The finalists will be announced in mid-January
8. The winner will be announced at Food on Film Festival 2014 in the Food Hall on Saturday 1st February 2014
9. The judges decision is final
10. The finalists recipes will be available to RSPB Futurescapes and SNH for future media and web use
11. We regret that RSPB and SNH employees and their immediate family (children, parents, siblings), are not permitted to enter


1. The winning recipe will be demonstrating by the celebrity chef at the Food on Film Festival  in the Food Hall on Saturday 1st February 2014
2. The winning recipe will be published to promote wildlife-friendly local produce and farming
3. The winner will be presented with a voucher for a haunch of venison from Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve

Found out more on the RSPB Website :

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