A dozen Orkney parishes have so far signed up to go head to head in what promises to be one of the most fiercely contested – and fun – community food and drink events ever seen in the islands.
The event will see teams from throughout the islands submit home made 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, the communities of Birsay, Deerness, Eday, Firth, Harray, Holm, Orphir, Rendall, Rousay, Sanday, Shapinsay and St Andrews have confirmed they’ll take part.
“We’re absolutely delighted with the response to date,” said Development Manager Edgar Balfour. “Having a dozen parishes involved ensures we’ll have a great competition, with a good spread of products, but it would be a shame if the other Orkney communities missed out on this opportunity to show everyone what they can do. After all, the pride of the parish is at stake and, on the day, it might all come down to a single vote over a scone, bannock or bottle of home brew. It’s a serious business, but it’ll also be a hugely enjoyable day for folk of all ages.”
Parishes can find out more about the competition and enter online by clicking here