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A Taste of Shetland Food Festival

The Taste of Shetland Festival is the highlight of Shetland’s ‘foodie’ calendar. It brings together live entertainment and cooking inspiration with some of the best food and drink Shetland has to offer.

2022 Shetland Food & Drink Festival - 22nd – 23rd October 2022

Shetland Food and Drink welcomes visitors and locals to attend its annual Taste of Shetland Food and Drink Festival on the 22nd - 23rd October 2022 at the Clickimin Leisure Centre.

Hosting a number of culinary events across the two days, this festival is the highlight of Shetland’s ‘foodie’ calendar. It brings together live entertainment and cooking inspiration with some of the best food and drink Shetland has to offer.

This year, we are delighted to announce that Nick Nairn will be headlining the event. From restaurateur to celebrity chef and food campaigner, Nick has had a long and pioneering career in the UK food industry. Nick was impressed with the quality of the Shetland produce he tasted while filming earlier this year for BBC Landward and is looking forward to the festival.

This year’s festival covers three key themes – sustainability, community and knowledge as we serve up an enticing range of exceptional food and drink experiences.

Events with sustainability at the core provide the opportunity to learn about sustainable seafood and agriculture and how different food producing industries are addressing the challenges that come with climate change – all while tasting the spoils of the harvest.

Our theme of community has curated exciting partnerships where people and small businesses are brought together to support and build one another, showcasing what our island has to offer as a whole.

Our last theme revolves around food events and masterclasses that share food and drink knowledge, showcase exceptional cooking or distilling talent, inspire the next generation, and entice our taste buds with food offerings that challenge our ideas by looking at other cultures.

Scottish Sea Farms Shetland Regional Manager Richard Darbyshire said: ‘Scottish Sea Farms is delighted to support the festival again this year and help promote the superb produce of the Shetland Islands. We see first-hand the hard work that gives Shetland its deserved reputation for excellence and we are proud to be part of this celebration.’

Marian Armitage, Chair of Shetland Food and Drink, says:

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back to our Taste of Shetland Festival where there is something for everyone. Come and be part of this great celebration of our delicious local produce, meet the people who fish, grow, pickle, preserve and bake. Hear their stories, taste their food and support their hard work.”

Tickets cost £5 at the door, under 16s are free.

Events not to be missed

Cookery Demonstrations – come and watch celebrity chef Nick Nairn delve into the topic of sustainability and show us how we can cook Shetland salmon, sassermaet and lamb to perfection - Saturday 21st October.

Peerie Bites Cookery Competition – the return of this popular event, this time under the watchful eye of Nick Nairn, sees Primary-age and Secondary-age children whip up a savoury meal in under 30 minutes using Shetland-grown produce with a range of prizes for the best recipes. – Sunday 23rd October.

Masterclass Sessions – held in the Loch Bar over both days, these exclusive, small learning sessions will cover topics such as cocktail making, fish filleting, how to make the perfect cup of coffee, cake decorating and much more. Book your space at the door. - Saturday & Sunday.

Shetland's Best Banger Competition – a cookery competition showcasing local butchers and their finest quality sausages. Who makes the best banger in Shetland? Judging by Nick Nairn and the festival team. - Saturday 21st October.

Meet the Producers – Shetland boasts a wide variety of food producers, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the people who make your favourite Shetland food and drink. Saturday & Sunday.

International Cuisine Stall – Shetland is called home by people from a wide range of cultures. Their recipes and food stories form part of our modern cultural identity, and this year you will have the chance to enjoy some of the recipes they have brought with them from their homelands. Saturday & Sunday.

Island Deli Café – enjoy a tasty and delicious lunch made with as much local produce as possible from the Island Deli. Saturday & Sunday.

Children’s Entertainment – including an art workshop, games and face painting. Saturday & Sunday.

The Haltadans – live entertainment will be provided by some of Shetland’s finest folk musicians throughout the festival. Saturday & Sunday.

Thank you to our main festival sponsor Scottish Sea Farms, to Northlink Ferries, our Peerie Bites sponsor and to EnQuest, our Masterclass and International Cuisine sponsor for their ongoing support.

We look forward to you joining us as we showcase, celebrate and indulge in our local produce, incredible talent and unique vision that drives Shetland’s reputation as a culinary destination.

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