An Orcadian feast this Christmas

December 18th 2017

With just a week to go until Christmas people up and down the country will be busy preparing their menus for the big day.

Here in Orkney some of our fantastic local producers have pulled out all the stops with new Christmas specials – mouth-watering additions to your festive feast! Here are some of Orkney’s food and drink highlights for the holidays…


The Island Smokery

Purveyors of delicious smoked cheese, the team at the Island Smokery have added a Christmas Spice version to their range this month – perfect for your festive cheese board! Also on offer this Christmas is a bumper smoked cheese gift box, featuring six varieties from the Smokery. Pick up your pack online or via local shops.

Christmas Spice smoked cheese from the Island Smokery - image by Colin Keldie Christmas Spice smoked cheese from the Island Smokery - image by Colin Keldie


Find out more about the Island Smokery.


Orkney Fishermen’s Society

Why not try something different this Christmas and have a taste of the finest Orkney fish? Orkney Fishermen’s Society has a range of festive platters on offer, featuring fresh Orcadian lobster, crab, prawns, smoked salmon and much more! There are a wide variety of platters on offer, coming in all shapes and sizes - view the range via this special online leaflet.

Part of the seafood platter range from Orkney Fishermen's Society - image by Colin Keldie Part of the seafood platter range from Orkney Fishermen's Society - image by Colin Keldie


Find out more about Orkney Fishermen’s Society.


The Orkney Roastery

Everyone loves a Christmas coffee, and the Orkney Roastery has some very special blends for you to try over the coming weeks. Christmas Carol is a Costa Rican coffee with dark chocolate, caramel and clementine qualities. It’s available in whole bean, cafetiere, filter or espresso grinds.  Also on offer this season is Winter Wonderland, a special roast only available at William Shearers in Kirkwall. You can order online or buy from selected stockists in Orkney.

Christmas Carol coffee from the Orkney Roastery Christmas Carol coffee from the Orkney Roastery


Find out more about the Orkney Roastery.


Argo's Bakery

Orkney fudge is famous around the world, and what better way to end your Christmas dinner than with something sweet? Argo's Bakery has Orkney Fudge gift bags available, and there are four special flavours on offer this year. Tuck into Mulled Wine, White Chocolate and Cranberry, Mint Chocolate and Chocolate Orange flavoured fudge over the holidays – and it comes with a lovely festive ribbon too! Pick up bags in shops across Orkney.

New varieties of Orkney fudge are available from Argo's Bakery for Christmas New varieties of Orkney fudge are available from Argo's Bakery for Christmas


Find out more about Argo's Bakery.


Stockan’s Oatcakes

Stockan’s Oatcakes are the perfect addition to the Christmas cheese selection, and the mini oatcakes are ideal for those fancy finger food ideas. Try them with the Island Smokery’s Christmas Spice cheese, or how about an oatcake topped with Orkney Isles Preserves Chilli Jam? The award-winning Orkney Beremeal oatcakes are great with Orkney Crab Pate and fresh crab from Westray too!

Try Stockan's Oatcakes with some festive toppings this Christmas Try Stockan's Oatcakes with some festive toppings this Christmas


Find out more about Stockan’s Oatcakes.


Deerness Distillery

It has been a busy year for the Deerness Distillery and the team is marking its first Christmas in style with the launch of a brand new liqueur. Midnight Moon Coffee Liqueur is a smooth blend of coffee and the Distillery’s own rum, with a hint of vanilla and undertones of chocolate and caramel. It’s perfect to enjoy over ice or in a cocktail. Bottles can be bought across Orkney in the run-up to Christmas and will be available further afield in the New Year.

Brand new Midnight Moon Coffee Liqueur from the Deerness Distillery Brand new Midnight Moon Coffee Liqueur from the Deerness Distillery

Find out more about the Deerness Distillery.


Whatever is making it onto your menu this year, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all at Orkney Food and Drink!

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