Here you'll find details of all the activities and events involving OFD members.
Orkney Amateur Master Chef 2017 - 26th September - Tickets £10 from Argo's, Kirkwall
Great food and drink is part of everyday life in Orkney, but throughout the year many special events take place – from the Orkney Folk Festival and world-renowned St Magnus Festival and the Orkney Science Festival, to our busy local agricultural shows and farmers’ markets – with local produce always available to try or buy.
During the year OFD members also attend key trade shows throughout the country, including the Scotland’s Speciality Food Show and the Royal Highland Show, flying the flag for the Orkney brand and introducing their products to new customers.
All local activities carried out by Orkney Food & Drink are supported by our main sponsor NorthLink Ferries. With NorthLink Ferries, travelling to Orkney and Shetland is more convenient than ever before. Choose from up to three sailings a day from Scrabster (near Thurso) to Stromness in Orkney and nightly sailings from Aberdeen to Lerwick in Shetland – with four of these sailings going via Orkney’s capital, Kirkwall. www.northlinkferries.co.uk
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Orkney Amateur Master Chef - 2017
Now firmly established as a favourite in the local food calendar, this biennial event is once again to be held in the Orkney Theatre in 2017. If you want to put yourself forward as one of the four amateur chefs on the night - just click the "View More Information" link below and enter your details. Alternatively you can contact Edgar Balfour on 01856 761430, 07762 596983 or email email@example.com
Trade "Meet the Buyer" event where companies get to meet a large number of potential clients in a kind of business "speed-dating" environment! Four Orkney members attending this year's event in the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel
At least four members are heading to the 2017 show, which has become one of our flagship annual events. Island Smokery and Argo's Bakery will once again be in Glasgow giving samples and selling their popular and tasty products to the many shoppers that flock to this vibrant event. This year they are joined by a newcomer from Westray - Louise from Westray Bakehouse.
Pre-Christmas public event at Scapa Distillery. Following on from the very successful inaugural running of this event, held in Highland Park Distillery in 2016, it is to feature again in 2017. This time it is in Orkney's other famous whisky distillery - Scapa. A Christmas fayre with local producers and makers selling their wares. Stalls will be dressed for Christmas and there will be a range of other features, new and old, that will be taking place on the day. Full details will be publicised later in the year.
Scottish Speciality Food Show
This trade show has become a regular for OFD members. Attending in 2018 are regulars: Jollys of Orkney, Orkney Creamery, Orkney Bakery and Orkney Distilling. Joining them this year will be The Orkney Gin Company. New and existing trade customers will, as usual, be welcomed to the new look "Orkney" stand.
Harrogate Fine Food Show is a 3 day event being held in February 2018 at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, United Kingdom. This event showcases products like high-technology food or beverage-related products etc. in the Food & Beverage industry.
Food & Drink Expo 2018, the biggest food and drink show in 2018 provides the number one route to the UK food and drink market, helping hundreds of companies showcase their wares. Buyers and decision makers across the whole industry, from grocery, wholesale and speciality retail to foodservice and manufacturing, will converge to uncover the hottest trends, latest product launches and the industry’s vision for the future.
Orkney's annual festival celebrating the vibrant folk music scene in Orkney. Orkney Food & Drink Members set up tents on the Stromness Pierhead on Saturday offering delicious Orkney fayre to festival revellers
This event is aimed specifically at the "Peedie Producers" in Orkney. We have a range of stands in the car park area next to St Magnus Cathedral with the smaller members and associate members of Orkney Food & Drink exhibiting. Goods available to sample and buy.
The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest specialty food industry trade event in North America, and the premier showcase for industry innovation. 2017 featured more exciting new events, programs, and exhibitors than ever before and 2018 look to be even better.
Once again Orkney Food & Drink members will populate the "Food Hall" within the Showpark on the biggest day of the West Mainland farming calendar. Burger Rolls, Crab Rolls, Smoked Fish Rolls, Home Bakes, Oatcakes, Cheeses, Ice-Cream, etc etc. Come along and see us - rain or shine. We also hope to have some new foodie demonstrations on the day.
Orkney County Show
Quite simply, the biggest day in the Orkney Calendar - bar none. Orkney Food & Drink will once again be there right next to the Main Ring. It really IS worth joining the queues to get that special Orkney steak burger, crab roll, cup of chowder, cake, cheese - or even a peedie dram!
Another event centred and focussed on our smaller members. A selection of top class Orkney Food & Drink products will be available to shoppers in Kirkwall on Saturday. Stalls are open from 12pm till 4.00pm. If you are looking for your lunch - try one of Naomi's Orkney Buffalo steaks, or maybe a fresh Orkney crab roll. Then maybe some of Peedie Chocs & Desserts fayre for pudding. Before you leave - be sure to buy some of Thelma's traditional Orkney home-bakes, jams and chutneys from Greentoft Free-range.
The culmination of the year’s events, when the winners of the thirteen categories will be announced in a prestigious gala dinner which is open to the locals and visitors alike. A fitting end to the year and a great night out to celebrate all that is best in Food & Drink in Orkney. The event will again be sponsored by our main partners: NorthLink Ferries.