Orkney businesses set to bring festive spirit to Glasgow

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19 talented makers from Orkney are heading to Glasgow this week to take centre stage at a Christmas shopping extravaganza in the city.

The Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair will be held at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) between 17 and 20 November, with 11 Orkney Food and Drink producers and eight Creative Orkney members set to take part.

Their attendance is being supported by the Orkney Marketing programme, a joint initiative between Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Orkney Islands Council (OIC).

Organisers describe the weekend as the biggest Christmas Fair in Glasgow and the event, which gives shoppers the chance to meet makers, designers, artisans and small businesses from across the country, will welcome thousands of visitors over the course of its three days. The Fair will also feature unique gifts, home styling ideas and cookery demonstrations, bringing the pages of the popular magazine to life.

Edgar Balfour, project manager for Orkney Food & Drink, and Creative Orkney, will be travelling to Glasgow with the Orcadian contingent. He said: “The Country Living Christmas Fair is always popular with the public and we’re delighted to be able to showcase so many producers from Orkney at this year’s event.

“The Fair traditionally marks the culmination of a busy year for our businesses, who have all worked so hard in sometimes challenging circumstances. The chance to meet customers face to face is always welcome and we’re sure shoppers will be amazed by the wide range of fabulous goods on offer from Orkney.”

The Orkney businesses attending the event are:

Annie Glue Knitwear, Aurora Jewellery, Celina Rupp Jewellery, Deerness Distillery, Flow Glass, Heilagr Jewellery, Highland Park, Hume Sweet Hume, J. Gow Rum, Orkney Bakery, Orkney Brewery, Orkney Gin Company, Orkney Isles Preserves, Orkney Marshmallows, Spirit of Creativity, Stockan’s Oatcakes, The Island Smokery, Westray Bakehouse and Zoe Davidson Jewellery.

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