Royal date for food firms

The Oban Times - - Districts -

TWO AR­GYLL food com­pa­nies, Gigha Hal­ibut and Alba Smoke­house, met the Princess Royal re­cently when she opened Scot­land’s Boat Show 2016 at Kip Ma­rina on Fri­day.

The Gigha Hal­ibut team of Amanda An­der­son, mar­ket­ing, Jamie Ste­wart, fish farmer, and Fin­lay An­der­son, a pupil at Stra­chur Pri­mary School, were run­ning the award-win­ning com­pany’s stall in the Clyde Life food and drink pavil­ion.

Amanda and Jamie work at Gigha Hal­ibut’s hatch­ery at Ot­ter Ferry; from there the fish are trans­ferred to the farm at Gigha where they are farmed for three years.

HRH had to can­cel a visit to Gigha Hal- ibut ear­lier in the year when she suf­fered a brief pe­riod of ill health.

Karen Mac­Don­ald of Alba Smoke­house, Kil­more was also ex­hibit­ing in the Clyde Life food and drink pavil­ion, where the Princess Royal also chat­ted to her; staff from the smoke­house travel through­out Scot­land to shows and farm­ers mar­kets.

‘The princess made a point of vis­it­ing all the lo­cal food com­pa­nies with stalls in the pavil­ion,’ said Karen.

Clyde Life food and drink pavil­ion also fea­tured demon­stra­tions by top Scot­tish chef Nick Nairn and ran along­side the com­pany’s life­style pavil­ion fea­tur­ing crafts­men and women and artists from across Scot­land.

Life. Phot­graph: Joanne Simms/Clyde

The Princess Royal chats to Amanda, Jamie and Fin­lay at the Gigha Hal­ibut stand.

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