So much more to “sea” at the Shetland Food Fair

Shetland’s annual Food Fair, dedicated to all that’s great about locally-produced food and drink, returns to Clickimin this weekend at almost double its previous size as Shetland’s leading seafood organisations become major sponsors for the first time.

Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation Shetland and Seafood Shetland are headline sponsors of the Food Theatre, and, together with the wider seafood industry, will be major exhibitors, while salmon producer Cooke Aquaculture Scotland will be the main supporter of Saturday’s programme.

The Chairman of the Master Chefs of Great Britain (MCGB), George McIvor and current Honorary Vice-President, Bill Bryce, will cook up some of Shetland’s finest seafood and other local produce during the three-day event.

David Sandison, general manager of Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation Shetland said:

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome George and Bill to this year’s Food Fair. Not only will visitors have the opportunity to pick up some useful cooking tips from the Masters, if they are very lucky, they may also get the chance to sample some of the many delights that they will be serving up.

“We often take for granted the quality of the produce on our doorstep and it is useful to rediscover, through the eyes of others, just how fortunate we are to have direct access to food that is coveted by food connoisseurs throughout the world.

“Shetland’s food and drink industry is at the heart of the economic success of the islands”

Local salmon producer, Cooke Aquaculture Scotland signed-up as sponsor of the Food Fair. Colin Blair, managing director, said:

“As a company at the forefront of high quality salmon production in the northern-most farming region in the UK, we wanted to contribute actively to this important event for Shetland.The Shetland Food Fair plays a vital role in the promotion of all that’s great about Shetland food and drink – and, most importantly, the companies behind the products.”

Visitors will see an industry exhibition and film, seafood cookery demonstrations and a ‘fish shop’ selling the very best local fish and shellfish. A range of newly-produced recipe leaflets, featuring well-known local chefs and food enthusiasts, will be available for fair-goers and will help them to create their own tasty ‘fish supper’.