Orkney Tourism Group appoint new project officer

Orkney Tourism Group has appointed a new project officer to help support tourism businesses in the islands and drive forward plans to extend the county’s visitor season. Kerry Wilson will also be working to identify any improvements needed in visitor…

Entrants sought for Orkney MasterChef competition

Orkney’s best amateur cooks are being urged to dust off their recipe books and aprons and enter this year’s local MasterChef competition. Four people will be selected by organisers Orkney Food and Drink to pit their culinary skills against one…

Aquatera’s bright new talent in running for awards

Two members of the team at Orkney based energy and environmental consultancy Aquatera are in the running for prestigious national renewables awards. Gotzon Garcia and Jamie Pratt have both been shortlisted as finalists in the inaugural Young Professionals Green Energy…

New Orkney Craft Trail brochure launched

The latest edition of Orkney’s unique craft trail brochure, which highlights the workshops, studios and shops of local artisans, is launched this week. Eighteen businesses - covering everything from jewellery, ceramics and artwork, to textiles and traditional Orkney chair making…

Electric car hire first for green Orkney self catering business

A green Orkney self-catering business is thought to be the first in the country to offer electric car hire to its guests. The Sankey family, who also operate tour firm Orcadian Wildlife, plan to rent the Renault Zoe to tourists…

Drive underway to make Orkney a WorldHost destination

Tourism leaders in Orkney are urging local businesses to sign up to a top customer service training scheme in a bid to secure special WorldHost status for the islands. The WorldHost programme is regarded as the gold standard for training…

Orkney’s marine energy industry focus of Japanese visit

Orkney’s marine energy industry has been the focus of a fact-finding visit by Japanese politicians and business leaders. The 10-strong party from the Nagasaki Prefecture, on the island of Kyushu, toured the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Stromness at…

Winners of Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2014 announced

Orkney’s finest food and drink businesses were recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony held in Kirkwall tonight (Saturday, 4 October). Twenty-eight local food and drink firms were shortlisted for 12 different awards, covering everything from the best breakfast, lunch and…

Shortlist for Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2014 revealed

The shortlist for this year’s Orkney Food and Drink Awards has been revealed, with the winners set to be announced at a gala event in Kirkwall next month. Twenty-eight local food and drink business are in the running for 12…

New Orkney food and drink website launched

A new website showcasing the very best of Orkney food and drink has been launched today (Tuesday, 10 June). The site - http://www.orkneyfoodanddrink.com - aims to promote local food and drink firms, while highlighting news, events, awards and other activities…

Highland Park lovers can have their cake and eat it

Lovers of Highland Park Scotch whisky can now have their cake and eat it, thanks to a new collaboration between the world famous distillery and a leading Orkney bakery firm. Working closely with Highland Park, the Stromness based Argo’s Bakery…

Orkney firms keen to get on board with Serco NorthLink Ferries

Thirteen Orkney food, drink and crafts businesses will take part in a special meet the buyer event this week in a bid to have their products sold on Serco NorthLink Ferries’ services to the northern isles. The firms will meet…

Voting underway in Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2014

Voting in this year’s Orkney Food and Drink Awards is now underway, with fans of great local produce being urged to nominate their favourite business. The awards form part of a re-energised and expanded Orkney Food Festival, which will run…

Plans for major Orkney food festival unveiled

Plans for a major Orkney food festival, aimed at celebrating and rewarding the very best of local produce, have been unveiled. The festival – expected to be launched around the end of March - will run over several months, with…

Sainsbury’s award for Orkney Brewery’s Dark Island ale

Orkney Brewery’s Dark Island ale has won a top award from major supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.  The 4.6 per cent ale was given a Best Product Launch prize at Sainsbury’s Scotland and Ireland Regional Supplier Conference 2014, held in Glasgow’s Hampden…

Global collaboration vital for growth of marine energy

INCREASED connectivity and collaboration between the world’s wave and tidal power test sites is vital to ensure resources are used strategically and to help boost the development of international markets. That was the key message from delegates attending a major…

International marine energy experts head for Orkney

FINAL preparations are underway for a major international ocean energy conference, set to take place in Orkney next week. The two-day Global Ocean Energy symposium - part of a programme of events aimed at celebrating the tenth anniversary of the…

Orkney to host major global ocean energy event

A MAJOR international ocean energy conference is set to take place in Orkney next month, with wave and tidal test experts from around the world travelling to the islands to see first hand the pioneering work carried out by the…

Orkney Brewery’s Dark Island Reserve scoops up top national award

Orkney Brewery’s Dark Island Reserve ale has scooped up a prestigious national food and drink honour. The world famous 10 per cent speciality brew came out top in the Drinks – Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic category of the Scotland Food and…

Orkney Brewery in running for national food and drink award

Orkney Brewery’s Dark Island Reserve is in the running for a prestigious national food and drink honour. The world famous 10 per cent speciality ale has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Drinks – Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic category of…

Orkney tapestry gallery weaves new chapter with expansion

A family run tapestry studio and gallery in Orkney is set to reopen next week after a major expansion. The Hoxa Tapestry Gallery in South Ronaldsay showcases the work of renowned Orcadian tapestry artist Leila Thomson. A graduate of Edinburgh…

Host of awards for Orkney Brewery at national beer event

The Orkney Brewery has scooped a host of awards, including a prestigious business development accolade, at a major national beer competition. The brewery’s 5.0 per cent Wayfarer IPA took Bronze in the Champion Strong Bitters category of the recent Society…

Schoolhouse origins of Orkney Brewery celebrated with new beer

The educational origins of the Orkney Brewery have been commemorated with a special new beer, christened 1878. The 5.5 per cent brew, made with malted rye and USA hops, takes its name from the date the Quoyloo School – now…

Orkney Norseman sails into Shetland for Up Helly Aa

Revellers at this year’s Up Helly Aa Viking fire festival in Shetland will be toasting their traditional longship burning ceremony with a new ale specially crafted by the Orkney Brewery for its northern neighbours. Norseman Pale Ale has been created…

Major expansion underway at Orkney crab processing plant

A major £400,000 expansion is underway at the Orkney Fishermen’s Society (OFS) crab processing plant – already the UK’s largest - as the business moves to meet a growing demand for its products from leading supermarket chains. Six new jobs…

New joint venture for iconic Orkney brands

A new and exclusive variety of Orkney Fudge, flavoured with 12-year-old malt whisky from the islands’ iconic Highland Park Distillery, has just been launched. The whisky fudge is expected to become a much sought after addition to the popular Orkney Fudge range,…