Homemade in the Parish

Orkney’s parishes are being urged to get their entries in soon for our unique community wide home produce competition being staged this year.

Our Homemade in the Parish event will see teams from throughout the islands submit products across a wide range of categories – everything from jams, chutneys, shortbreads and cakes, to home brew, cheeses and savoury pies. There’ll also be a special ‘Buns for Bairns’ baking category for children under 12.

A panel of judges will sample the parish team produce at an event in Kirkwall Grammar School on 9 May, before deciding on category winners and ultimately awarding a special Parish Cup. Members of the public will also have the chance to taste and vote on the presentation of food being judged.

So far, eight parishes – Birsay, Deerness, Eday, Firth, Holm, Orphir, Rousay and Shapinsay - have confirmed they’ll take part, with Sanday likely to follow. With the competition date fast approaching, we are keen for Orkney’s remaining parishes to sign up.

“The response to date has been good, but we really want every parish in Orkney to enter and show us how talented their home producers are,” said Edgar Balfour, our development manager. “The event, while likely to be keenly contested, is also going to be a lot of fun for everyone involved. It’s a real opportunity for parishes to come together and it’ll also be a nice showcase for Orkney’s great home produce tradition.”

Mr Balfour has been contacting community organizations, and advertising locally in a bid to encourage parishes to enter the competition. 

“There’s a special Homemade in the Parish Cup up for grabs, with victory likely to be much sweeter for the successful community if we have every parish in Orkney competing,” he added. “It really is a case of the more the merrier with this event, so don’t be shy!”

Parishes can enter online by clicking on "Contact Us"

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