Shetland MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrat Beatrice Wishart, has highlighted Shetland’s food and drink sector ahead of the annual Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight which begins this weekend. The two-week promotion seeks to encourage more people than ever to buy, eat and enjoy Scottish food and drink.
Ms Wishart also looks forward to the Taste of Shetland Festival next month. The festival will take place in person and online Saturday 23rd October this year.
This week Ms Wishart questioned the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands over the twin challenges of Brexit and ferry freight capacity limitations that the seafood and other sectors faced on the Northern Isles route. Ms Wishart also joined the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment (RAINE) Committee this week. As a member Ms Wishart will be a part of the hearings and committee process to introduce the proposed Good Food Nation Bill.
Ms Wishart said:
"This is a really exciting time for the food and drink sector which has faced a tough time during the pandemic.
“The pandemic has shown how fragile supply chains can be, and it’s a big challenge if you are at the end of that supply chain both in terms of exporting from the Northern Isles and importing food necessities.
“Events like the Food and Drink Fortnight and the Taste of Shetland Festival celebrate and promote excellent local food and drink. Buying local helps local people, reduces food miles and helps protect our environment.”
Notes to editors
You can find out more about Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight 2021 here.
You can find out more about the Taste of Shetland Festival here.
You can find the full exchange between Ms Wishart’s and the Cabinet Secretary here.