Shetland is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful island chains in the world. At the very edge of the UK, it is just 400 miles south of the Arctic Circle - as far north as St Petersburg, Russia, or Anchorage, Alaska. Its unique location makes for a very special food and drink offering.
Lapped by warm ocean currents, Shetland's pure, clean waters are some of the most productive in the world, producing fish and seafood of exceptional quality, in demand worldwide. Shetland’s heather-laden moorland is the home of the extremely special native Shetland lamb, which enjoys the protection of the European Union’s Protected Designation of Origin, in exactly the same way as Parma ham or Stilton cheese. And right across Shetland, our food and drink producers are producing the highest quality products with care and integrity in one of the world’s finest, cleanest environments.
A Taste of Shetland proudly promotes Shetland’s wonderful produce to the world. It is part of Shetland Food and Drink, the membership organisation which represents Shetland’s leading producers. Our members are honoured to represent Shetland - its heritage, its identity, its independent spirit. Shetland has a purity of environment which is largely unequalled in the UK and our members are driven by this unique provenance. We are extremely proud to work together to bring Shetland’s wonderful produce to the widest possible audience and, with that, grow production for this, and future, generations.
Shetland Food and Drink’s role spans both local promotion and development of markets outside of Shetland. We bring together a rich and diverse membership to celebrate and market Shetland’s produce. Shetland has, in the past, been low key about its industry-leading achievements in the food and drink sector and the breadth of producers on the Islands. Shetland Food and Drink’s role is not only proudly promote and market Shetland produce both locally and in external markets, but to fuel collaboration, share expertise, educate and inform.
Membership is available to all - whether you are an individual who would like to support Shetland’s local food and drink or whether you are a company involved in the industry. If you are a food and/or drink producer based in Shetland, please contact us for details of how to become a full member. Associate memberships are also available for producers and for those involved in the industry who are not directly involved in production. If you would like to become a supporter of Shetland Food and Drink and are an individual, you can find membership details here.
Shetland Food and Drink is able to do what it does because of our members, but also because of our funders and sponsors. Our launch was part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas Shetland LEADER programme 2014-2020. It was also part financed by Shetland Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Without them our launch would have not been possible.
We have also had substantial support from the private sector in Shetland, who support all aspects of our activity. Their commitment to us is vital in our continued success and we want to thank them here.