Orkney makers head to Glasgow

14 of Orkney’s finest food, drink and crafts businesses are set to showcase their products at a major trade fair event in Glasgow this weekend.

The Taste of Orkney and Creative Orkney members will be attending Scotland's Trade Fair & Speciality Food Show in the city’s SEC between 22 and 24 January.

The event gives local companies the chance to promote their products to buyers from shops and retailers from across the country. More than 500 businesses will be taking part, exhibiting thousands of items to department stores, online outlets, independent retails stores and more.

The Creative Orkney exhibitors are Aurora Jewellery, Chimene Taylor Glass, Celina Rupp Jewellery, Flow Glass, Leo Kerr Mirrors, Ortak, and Sheila Fleet Jewellery.

The 2023 Creative Orkney Trail will also be launched at the event. It features 26 talented makers across six islands who open their studio and workshop doors to visitors, offering a unique chance to explore Orkney and see members of our creative community at work at the same time.

Representing Taste of Orkney at the Speciality Food Show this year will be Argo’s Bakery, J. Gow Rum, Island Smokery, Jollys of Orkney, Orkney Creamery, Stockans Oatcakes, and the Westray Bakehouse.

Project Manager for Orkney Food, Drink and Crafts, Edgar Balfour, said: “Trade Fairs such as these play a vital role in promoting Orkney’s businesses and products to a wider audience, especially during the challenging times we’re all facing at the moment. The quality of produce from Orkney’s food & drink and creative sectors always attracts plaudits from visitors to our stands, and we’re looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and new customers in Glasgow this weekend.”

Attendance at the event is being supported by an Orkney Marketing funding package. An initiative between Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Orkney Islands Council, 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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