Ginger Grouse Festival of Food & Drink Raceday, Hamilton Park – Sunday 4th May

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Hamilton Park’s 2014 season will get off to a flier with Ginger Grouse Festival of Food & Drink Raceday

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We are off to the races this Sunday, our first trip and hopefully to hob nob with James Martin who will be cooking at some demonstrations.  Never been to the races before or Hamilton Park properly so looking forward to this.

There is free entry for under 18’s  under-16s must be accompanied by a paying adult) and our first race is at  1.55pm.  Fingers crossed we get lucky as the seven races boast a total prize-money pot of £83,000 – now that would come in handy!

As Hamilton Park won the Scottish Racecourse Caterer of the Year title in 2013, we are hoping to try out some in house food on top of the stalls with samples and wares to sell.
The main part of the day is the aim to raise £19,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care this year, a fundraising raffle will take place with top prizes including a 32 inch HD TV, free Irn Bru for a year, free pizza for a year and a bottle of Ginger Grouse Gold Reserve on offer.
Tickets are priced from £18 in advance or £20 on the day and are available to buy online at, via telephone on 01698 283 806 or at the gates on the day.
The James Martin cooking demonstrations take place from 1pm, 2.40pm and 4.50pm.
The full race card for Sunday is as follows:
1:55 Best Odds Guaranteed At Handicap
2:30 Bet toteexacta On All Races Handicap
3:00 EBF Stallions Tangerine Trees Conditions Stakes (Bobis Race)
3:35 Sodexo Open Maiden Stakes
4:10 Ginger Grouse Handicap
4:45 totepool Buttonhook Handicap
5:20 Chris & Jennifer Forthcoming Wedding Handicap





I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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