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Community / Plenty on offer at this weekend’s food and drink festival

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MORE details about what is on the menu at this weekend’s Taste of Shetland festival have been revealed.

The event will be held both in person and online on Saturday (23 October).

For those attending in person, the Clickimin Leisure Centre will be open between 10am and 5pm.

In the main hall, local businesses including Waas Bakery, Shetlandeli, Whalsay Made, Islandeli, Shetland Reel, Shetland Sea Salt, Thule Ventus, The Fungi and Mix Up Sweets will be selling food and drink on their market stalls.

Free tasters of classic Shetland delicacies will also be provided by organiser Shetland Food and Drink, alongside culinary merchandise and festival raffle tickets.

In the Clickimin’s multi-use studio the council’s school meals service will be selling refreshments, including soup, bannocks, stovies, fishcakes and traybakes plus tea, coffee and juice.

In this space children can also take part in a range of free activities including hook a deuk, splat the rat, buzz wire, food-themed Bookbug and art sessions, and a sensory quiz.

By the festival main entrance Frankie’s Fish & Chips will be trading from the new Taste of Shetland trailer.

Between 11am and 3pm (BST) in Clickimin’s main hall festival-goers can seat themselves in the audience for Shetland Food and Drink’s live online broadcast.

Cooking demonstrations, short films, live music, culinary discussion and quizzes will combine in four hours of entertainment, which will be broadcast across the world.

This year’s broadcast contributions come via everyone from Thule Ventus, Marian Armitage, Blyde Welcome and the Scalloway Meat Company to Uradale Farm, Shetland Tourism Association, Scottish Sea Farms, Good Nude Food and Culswick Beef.

Last year’s online-only festival played out to more than 45,000 people in at least 53 countries.

Shetland Food and Drink manager Claire White said: “This year’s pioneering dual format is a response to member requests that we run in person and broadcast festivals simultaneously.

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“It gives local businesses the best of both worlds: face-to-face trading with customers and international profile to help cultivate the global appetite for Shetland’s exceptional quality produce long term.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our members who are contributing generously to market stalls, the festival broadcast and our fabulous raffle. We are also incredibly grateful to Scottish Sea Farms who are sponsoring our festival for the third year running.”

Scottish Sea Farms’ Northern Isles regional manager Richard Darbyshire said: “There’s always a healthy appetite for the Taste of Shetland Festival but there’s a particular buzz about this year’s event with the return of the hugely popular market stalls and the option for those further afield or unable to attend in person to be a part of things online.”

Festival wristbands are available to purchase on the door at Clickimin. The cost is £5 for over-16s, while it is free for under-16s.

Everyone attending the festival is asked to adhere to all current Covid guidance and take responsibility for their own health and safety and that of their dependents at the event.

The online festival can be viewed on the Taste of Shetland Facebook page and at between 11am-3pm on Saturday.

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