Orkney food and drink firms fly flag for islands at Royal Highland Show

Nine Orkney food and drink businesses will be flying the flag for the islands at this week’s Royal Highland Show, which celebrates the best of Scottish farming, food and rural life.

The local firms will exhibit their produce on special Orkney stands as part of the show’s Scotland’s Larder Live feature, within the Royal Highland Centre near Edinburgh.

Over 190,000 people are expected to attend the show – the 178thstaged – between 21 and 24 June.OFD finaldfdffd

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

Edgar Balfour, project manager for Orkney food, drink and crafts, said: “The Royal Highland Show has long been the premier agricultural event in Scotland and it continues to grow in terms of the number of visitors and exhibitors it attracts. That simply makes it a must attend event for Orkney’s premium food and drink firms, giving them the chance to showcase their products to a very wide audience of potential customers. It’s a very busy few days for our producers, but always worth the effort and it also gives us an opportunity to tell the wider story about Orkney and all its other attractions.”

Amongst the Orkney businesses travelling to the show will be newcomers, J. Gow Rum, makers of the county’s first locally produced rum.

Collin van Schayk of rum producers, VS Distillers, said: “We’re very much looking forward to introducing J. Gow Rum to the visitors at this year’s Royal Highland Show. The reception it’s had since its launch late last year has been fantastic, so we’re really excited about bringing it to a much wider audience, and sharing our story.

Collin van Schayk of VS Distillers, pictured with his new J. Gow rum. Image by Fionn McArthur, Orkney.com
Collin van Schayk of VS Distillers, makers of J Gow Rum. Image by Fionn McArthur, Start Point Media.

“One of the strengths of Orkney’s approach to marketing food and drink is the fact local businesses present a united front at these major events. We all share the same vision in terms of upholding Orkney’s reputation as a quality food and drink location and we’re all very proud to be representing the islands on the national stage.”

The full list of Orkney companies attending the RHS is:

Argo’s (Orkney Bakery)

Deerness Distillery

J Gow Rum

Orkney Creamery

Orkney Distilling

Orkney Gin Company

The Island Smokery

Stockan’s Oatcakes

Westray Bakehouse

Supported by The Royal Bank of Scotland, partner since 1981, the four-day Royal Highland Show is hailed as a once in a year opportunity to experience rural life, with over 6,000 farm animals and horses, rural crafts, a dedicated forestry area, award winning farriers’ display, and a busy countryside arena with a wide variety of exciting displays. It also plays host to the biggest food festival north of the border, with the Scotland’s Larder Live event.


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