Orkney food and drink firms head for the Royal Highland Show

June 21st 2017

Six Orkney food and drink businesses will be flying the fly for the islands at this week’s Royal Highland Show.

The local firms will exhibit their produce on special Orkney stands set up in the event’s food halls.

Around 180,000 people are expected to attend this year’s show – the 177th held – which runs at Ingliston, near Edinburgh, between 22 and 25 June.

The Orkney presence at the event is being supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Orkney Islands Council.

Edgar Balfour, development manager for Orkney food, drink and crafts, said: “The Royal Highland Show remains the flagship agricultural event in Scotland and, as such, it’s the perfect showcase for Orkney’s premium quality food and drink. Not only does it give our local firms the chance to share their produce with the thousands of people who visit the show, it’s also an ideal platform for making important trade connections and securing new orders.”

Amongst the Orkney businesses travelling to the RHS for the first time will be two of the county’s three gin producers - Deerness Distillery and the Orkney Gin Company.

The Orkney Gin Company will be attending the Royal Highland Show for the first time

“It’s our first ever show so we’re going with an open mind, trying to promote our Sea Glass gin and our Into the Wild vodka, while exposing the company brand to as wide an audience as possible,” said the Deerness Distillery’s Stuart Brown. “It’s fantastic to be part of the Orkney contingent and the joint marketing is really helpful for us. Everyone’s working together, so it’s a good atmosphere.”

Gary Watt of the Orkney Gin Company echoed Stuart’s enthusiasm for the joint Orkney marketing approach.

“It definitely makes things a lot easier when it’s organised as a group,” said Gary, who will be showcasing the company’s Mikkelmas, Johnsmas and Rhubarb Old Tom gins at the RHS. “We’re very excited about it, but not very sure what to expect! It is a bit less daunting though when there are other locals there.”

The full list of Orkney companies attending the RHS is:

The Island Smokery

Orkney Cheese

Orkney Creamery

Williamson’s Butchers

The Orkney Gin Company

Deerness Distillery 

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