Scotsman sets up new store in Bendigo

WHAT do haggis and black pudding have in common?

The answer - both are are Scottish delicacies and, in Stevie Mowett's Ironbark store, both are homemade.

In fact, every item in Mr Mowett's new shop is created from a homemade recipe. 

Mr Mowett, born in Glasgow, entered into the butchery industry when he was 15 - by mistake. 

"I was helping a friend get a job, we were in England, and I told him to apply for a job as a butcher," he said.  

"I ended up applying and I got the job."

That was more than 30 years ago. 

Nowadays, Mr Mowett lives in Sunbury and three weeks ago opened a store, Mowett, in Eaglehawk Road. 

He said business was booming but "you could never have enough customers". 

He said his store offered an authentic version of Scottish goods. 

"Some people would call me bloody stupid for (opening a shop in Bendigo)," he said. 

"I believe in my products.

"There are a fair few Scots in and around Bendigo - I think they will enjoy it."

Mr Mowatt said he catered for markets, highland gatherings and other events across the state. 

The shop is open Monday from 9am to 5pm, and on Saturday from 8am to 1pm. 

It is located at 56 Eaglehawk Road in Ironbark. 

Meanwhile, an event celebrating all things Scottish is on at the Brian Boru Hotel on August 30 from 6.30pm.

Scots Night In is a mid-year teaser for Scots Day Out in February next year.

Entertainment will include bagpipe music making, dancing and a traditional Scottish meal - consisting of lamb for the main course and the traditional Scottish meal Clootie dumplings for dessert. 

Tickets are limited. To book for Scots Night In call Mr Earl 0419 549 743.

Scots Day Out is on February 14 in Rosalind Park. 

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