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Community / Food and drink festival moves venue

Compere Jane Moncrieff (right) in conversation with chef Jonathan Williamson and 'assistant' Marlene Hunter.Compere Jane Moncrieff (right) in conversation with chef Jonathan Williamson and 'assistant' Marlene Hunter at last year's Taste of Shetland event.

THE TASTE of Shetland festival is returning this year in a new venue.

The food and drink event will take place in the Islesburgh Community Centre in Lerwick on the weekend of 23/24 November.

The festival was previously held at the Clickimin.

This year’s event has a family and community focus, with new children’s activities and live music featuring in the programme.

There will also be cookery competition finals in Peerie Bites (under-18) and Muckle Bites (over-18) categories.

Potential competitors are still encouraged to apply via heats in Vidlin, Baltasound, Skeld, Bigton or Sandwick.

Under 18s prepare one savoury dish and over 18s make two courses.

Peerie Bites winners receive a day at Gary Maclean’s Saturday Cook School in Glasgow and the Muckle Bites victor will enjoy a six course tasting menu with matching wines at Restaurant Martin Wishart in Edinburgh.

The main festival sponsors are Scottish Sea Farms, with their Heart of the Community coordinator Georgie Mackenzie saying: “Shetland and quality home-grown produce go hand-in-hand: from seafood, beef and lamb, to dairy, bakery, preserves and gin, the list is as long as it is impressive.

“The Taste of Shetland Festival brings all of this together under one roof for young and old alike to celebrate, enjoy, experiment with, learn about and unite behind. It’s a celebration of eating well and eating ‘local’, and as such it’s an event that we are really delighted to be part of.”