Inverness Shortbread Showdown 2024

Inverness sees the return of the Shortbread Showdown in March, and you are invited!

The first round kicks off on the 24th of February at Inverness Botanic Gardens. Then, the grand finale will take place on the 17th of March at Eden Court Highlands in front of a line-up of judges. Join talented bakers and fellow enthusiasts for a fantastic day filled with delicious shortbread creations and friendly competition.

Book a short-stay at Kingsmills

Kingsmills Hotel is offering an exclusive direct-only deal for guests, bakers and enthusiasts attending the Inverness Shortbread Showdown Grand Final. Stay for one night on Sunday 17th March and enjoy a discounted rate.

Included in your stay;

  • Overnight stay in a Classic King or Twin Room
  • Complimentary Leisure Club Access
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Extensive free parking on site

Offer code ‘SHORTBREAD’ entitles you to £85 Bed & Breakfast (single occupancy) or £90 Bed & Breakfast for two adults sharing a room.


By choosing Kingsmills Hotel as your base for the evening after the Inverness Shortbread Showdown, you can truly unwind after a day of anticipation. After indulging in a day filled with sweet creations, you can return to the comfort of your luxurious room. Time to relax in style and recount the day’s highlights.

Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness is located just 1 mile from Eden Court Highlands. A leafy walk from the hotel will take you just over 20 minutes through a peaceful residential area and along the cities high street to the riverside. Alternatively, the 5 minute car journey will cost you approximately £7-10 with SafeKab.

A Whisk Through Shortbread History

Before we delve into the excitement of the upcoming showdown, let’s take a moment to appreciate the history of shortbread. This timeless treat traces its roots back through many decades of Scottish History. Over the centuries, shortbread has evolved into a symbol of Scottish hospitality and craftsmanship, capturing the hearts of sweet enthusiasts worldwide.

Traditionally made with a simple blend of butter, sugar, and flour, shortbread embodies the perfect balance of crumbly texture and buttery richness. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a cup of tea, shortbread continues to be a delightful indulgence that transcends time.

The Inverness Shortbread Showdown 2024

Master bakers and aspiring confectioners from across the region will converge at Inverness Botanic Gardens for the first round! At this event the general public will be in charge of preceedings. They will be entrusted with sampling all of the business’s shortbread and voting for their favourite! The top 3 businesses who get the most votes on the day will go through to the final.

Grand Finale at Eden Court Highlands

In 2023, eight Highland destinations and 63 entrants were represented at the show. And, 21 finalists made it to the finale with Head Chef Paul from Mackenzies Bakery on the Isle of Skye crowned the first Shortbread Showdown winner. 

On Sunday 17th March 2024 at Eden Court, Inverness, the final will take place from 10am to 3pm. The air will be full of anticipation as participants showcase their creativity and expertise to win the hearts of our esteemed judges. Who will be crowned the winner?!

Book Your Sweet Escape

Inverness Shortbread Showdown 2024 promises to be a feast for the senses. And, Kingsmills Hotel is your gateway to this delectable experience. Book our Shortbread exclusive rate and stay on Sunday 17th March from £85 Bed & Breakfast for one or £90 Bed & Breakfast for two adults sharing. Whether you’re a passionate shortbread enthusiast. Or simply looking for a delightful escape. Kingsmills Hotel is your home away from home.


Book your stay now and be a part of this sweet celebration. We look forward to welcoming you to Inverness and treating you to the sweetest showdown of the year!