Flying the flag for Orkney in 2019

December 13th 2018

The very best Orkney food, drink and crafts will be showcased at two major trade fair events in Glasgow in the New Year.

Fifteen local businesses will be attending Scotland’s Speciality Food Show and Scotland’s Trade Fair between 20 and 22 January at the SEC in Glasgow.

The two events run concurrently and will see exhibitors promote their products to thousands of buyers from shops, retailers and food halls from around the country.

Orkney Food and Drink will be represented by the Deerness Distillery, J. Gow Rum, Jollys of Orkney, the Orkney Bakery, the Orkney Creamery and the Westray Bakehouse.

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Nine Creative Orkney members will also be taking part in the trade fair element of the event. Aurora Jewellery, Celina Rupp Jewellery, Fluke Jewellery, Karen Duncan Jewellery, the Orkney Storehouse, Ortak Jewellery, Robin Palmer Ceramics, Sheila Fleet Jewellery and Zoe Davidson Jewellery will be flying the Orkney flag.

Edgar Balfour is project manager for Orkney Food and Drink and Creative Orkney. He said: “There has been a regular Orcadian contingent travelling to these events for a number of years now and they always report positive results. Both shows give our businesses the chance to meet existing customers and also create new connections with potential buyers, which will hopefully mean they can get 2019 underway in style. We’re always keen to showcase Orkney and our talented producers to a wider audience so we’re already looking forward to our visit.”

Attendance at the event is being supported by an Orkney Marketing funding package. An initiative between Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Orkney Islands Council (OIC), Orkney Marketing funding is available to projects that focus on bringing local companies together in joint promotions, ensuring the islands maintain a strong presence in competitive markets such as food and drink, the creative industries and renewable energy.

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