NorthLink Ferries is set to bring a series of events on board its services in 2016 following a successful Year of Food and Drink in 2015.
The events will continue the Scottish Government’s celebration of food and drink from 2015 by showcasing local Orkney and Shetland producers throughout next year at a series of on board tastings.
Support for the campaign this year has included monthly on board events, competitions and promotions as well as a number of community initiatives. These included the Orkney Amateur MasterChef 2015 competition, Shetland Food Fair and NorthLink Ferries menu competition, which allowed local children to create dishes for the new on board restaurant menu.
Peter Hutchinson, Customer Service Director at NorthLink Ferries, said: “The Year of Food and Drink has been extremely successful by not only providing passengers with a real taste of what great produce is available in the Northern Isles but also allowing us to support local community initiatives.
“We very much look forward to developing a lasting legacy of the focus year into 2016 and plan to arrange a new series of tasting events with some of our key suppliers.”
NorthLink Ferries currently offers a number of on board menus prominently featuring local produce as well as an on board shop which stocks a range of gifts, crafts and food and drink items sourced from suppliers based within a 50 mile radius of the ports.
The company was awarded the Taste Our Best award from VisitScotland earlier this year in recognition of its commitment to using locally sourced food and drink.
For more information about NorthLink Ferries or to make a booking, visit www.northlinkferries.co.uk or call 0845 6000 449.