‘So much to sea’ in Shet­land

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SEAFOOD played a star­ring role in Shet­land’s an­nual Food Fair with lead­ing seafood or­gan­i­sa­tions be­com­ing ma­jor spon­sors for the first time.

The Scot­tish Salmon Pro­duc­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion Shet­land, Seafood Shet­land and Cooke Aqua­cul­ture Scot­land were be­hind the event, which ran for three days in Ler­wick.

Un­der the ‘So Much to Sea’ ban­ner, they mounted an in­dus­try ex­hi­bi­tion and film, seafood cook­ery demon­stra­tions and a ‘fish shop’ sell­ing the best lo­cal fish and shell­fish.

A range of newly pro­duced recipe leaflets, fea­tur­ing well-known lo­cal chefs and food en­thu­si­asts, were made avail­able to fair-go­ers to help them cre­ate their own fish sup­pers.

Chair­man of the Mas­ter Chefs of Great Bri­tain (MCGB) Ge­orge McIvor and cur­rent hon­orary vice-pres­i­dent Bill Bryce cooked up some of Shet­land’s finest seafood dur­ing the event.

David San­di­son (pic­tured), gen­eral man­ager of Scot­tish Salmon Pro­duc­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion Shet­land said: ‘We of­ten take for granted the qual­ity of the pro­duce on our doorstep and it is use­ful to re­dis­cover, through the eyes of others, just how for­tu­nate we are to have di­rect ac­cess to food that is cov­eted by food con­nois­seurs through­out the world.’

Ruth Hen­der­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Seafood Shet­land, said: ‘Shet­land’s seafood sec­tor is the largest con­trib­u­tor to the isles’ econ­omy, sup­ply­ing farmed and caught fish and shell­fish all over the world. We’re proud to be sup­port­ing the growth of this im­por­tant event.’

Cooke Aqua­cul­ture Scot­land man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Colin Blair said: ‘As a com­pany at the fore­front of high qual­ity salmon pro­duc­tion in the north­ern-most farm­ing region in the UK, we wanted to con­trib­ute ac­tively to this im­por­tant event for Shet­land.

‘The Shet­land Food Fair plays a vi­tal role in the pro­mo­tion of all that’s great about Shet­land food and drink – and, most im­por­tantly, the com­pa­nies be­hind the prod­ucts.’

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