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Community / Hebridean Baker to headline food festival

THE ANNUAL Taste of Shetland Food and Drink Festival is set to return next month – with the ‘Hebridean Baker’ booked as the celebrity guest.

The event will take place at the Clickimin Leisure Complex in Lerwick on 28 and 29 October.

Coinneach MacLeod, aka The Hebridean Baker.

Organiser Shetland Food and Drink said Coinneach MacLeod, aka The Hebridean Baker, will be headlining the event.

He is described as an international bestselling author and “social media sensation”.

MacLeod will be doing baking demonstrations and can sign copies of his new book The Hebridean Baker at Home.

He will travel to Shetland with his partner Peter MacQueen, author of The Highland Hutter and presenter of BBC Alba’s Gàrradh Phàdruig (Peter’s Garden).

MacQueen will be delivering free workshops in how to forage and hutting.

This year’s festival will host the usual variety of cooking and baking demonstrations, along with free workshops on a variety of subjects.

More information about the specifics will be released in the coming weeks.

There will also be a café, free children’s activities and live music from Haltadans.

Shetland Food and Drink is also keen to hear from any non-native Shetlanders who would like to get involved in the ‘International Kitchen’, where they would demonstrate their favourite dishes and share their cultural traditions.

There will also be the Peerie Bites competition, where this year local bairns are asked to make peerie pastries – savoury filled pastries with local ingredients.

Anyone interested can get their recipes to Shetland Food and Drink by Friday 20 October.

Shetland Food and Drink chair Marian Armitage said: “We can’t wait to see you at this year’s festival where we’ll have something for everyone to enjoy.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the wide variety of Shetland foods on offer and hope that you can come along to experience the varied demonstrations and workshops on offer.”

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

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