Homemade in the Parish Homemade in the Parish

Homemade in the Parish

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. Now organisers of the Homemade in the Parish competition are urging the county’s remaining parishes to get their entries in before the 27 April deadline.

Organised by Orkney Food and Drink, the event will see teams from throughout the islands submit 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.

Margaret Clouston will be competing for Orphir in the event.
Margaret Clouston will be competing for Orphir in the event.

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, twelve parishes – Birsay, Deerness, Eday, Firth, Harray, Holm, Orphir, Rendall, Rousay, Sanday, Shapinsay and St Andrews - have confirmed they’ll take part, with others likely to follow. With the competition date fast approaching, organisers are keen for Orkney’s remaining parishes to sign up.

“The response to date has been good, but we really want every parish in Orkney to enter and show us how talented their home producers are,” said Edgar Balfour, development manager for Orkney food, drink and crafts. “The event, while likely to be fiercely contested, is also going to be a lot of fun for everyone involved. It’s a real opportunity for parishes to come together and it’ll also be a nice showcase for Orkney’s great home produce tradition.”

Mr Balfour said he had been contacting community organisations, and advertising locally in a bid to encourage parishes to enter the competition.

Jamie Sutherland will be representing Holm in the 'Buns for Bairns' section.
Jamie Sutherland will be representing Holm in the 'Buns for Bairns' section.

“There’s a special Homemade in the Parish Cup up for grabs, with victory likely to be much sweeter for the successful community if we have every parish in Orkney competing,” he added. “It really is a case of the more the merrier with this event, so don’t be shy!”

Parishes can find out more about the competition and enter via Orkney Food and Drink website. Online entries have to be in by the 27th of April.

For further information, contact: Edgar Balfour, Development Manager, Orkney food, drink and crafts. Tel: 01856 761 430