Taste of Shetland 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.

This year's Taste of Shetland Festival takes place from 5-7 October 2018, at the Clickimin Leisure Complex, and we are delighted to announce that Gary Maclean, MasterChef: The Professionals Champion and Scotland’s first ever National Chef will be attending. A huge fan of Shetland and a passionate advocate for cooking fresh, nutritious and locally sourced food, Gary will be demonstrating his inspirational culinary skills.

Gary says:

“I cannot wait to taste the produce available at the Taste of Shetland Festival, and meet the producers behind it. It’s very exciting to be returning to Shetland and be invited to lead such a high-profile event.”

We hope you'll join us and browse the wide range of food and drink stalls from local producers, be the first to try new products launched at the Festival, and have some of Shetland’s finest ingredients cooked to order in our hot food section.

Our Food Theatre has a wide range of demonstrations from leading cooks and chefs running throughout the weekend, and our Heritage Area shows why Shetland has such a special relationship with food and drink with exhibitions and live sessions. The climax of the weekend is the live final of the Taste of Shetland Cooking Challenge, when the judges crown who they believe is Shetland’s best amateur cook.

Whether you’re someone who loves food and drink, someone who wants to taste the best of Shetland or a business wanting to showcase your products, we would love to see you at the Festival.

The Festival is one of the hottest tickets in the foodie calendar. It attracts thousands of visitors from all over Shetland, the UK and the world. If you would like be notified when tickets go on sale for this event, or when booking opens, please register for our email bulletin here. If you would like to be first in the queue for tickets, why not become an individual member?

If you'd like to become an exhibitor at the Festival, you can find more information here.

And if you'd like a flavour of the event, take a look at our film about the 2016 Festival:

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