Lerwick set for gourmet feast

Visitors to The Tall Ships Races 2011 – Lerwick are set to savour the very best of food and drink as part of the four day maritime celebration taking place this July.

Shetland SeafoodA selection of the finest local food and drink producers as well as international food makers will be showcasing high quality produce of all kinds including everything from top quality seafood, locally produced beef, lamb and pork to German sausages, and traditional bannocks to Turkish baklava.

The Tall Ships Races 2011-Lerwick will play host to a fantastic programme of events including music, dance, drama and arts, running from Thursday 21 July until Sunday 24 July and is set to attract thousands of spectators to the Lerwick.

Fiona Dally, project manager for The Tall Ships Races 2011 – Lerwick, said: "Shetland's produce is amongst the best in the world and we're delighted to showcase it as part of The Tall Ships Races 2011 – Lerwick. This event is about international communities coming together to celebrate friendships, and we will also welcome produce from Scotland and an international food market to Lerwick."

Throughout the four day festival there will be a specially created food court at Victoria Pier offering revellers delights such as marshmallow skewers and toffee popcorn from Da Auld Sweetie Shop, hot roast pork rolls from JK Mainland, fresh seafood and fish and chips from local chef Glynn Wright at the Seafood Shack as well as lighter options including gourmet salad bowls and vegetarian choices from Shetland Cheese.

Café Consulate will also be hosting a small café with Italian coffees, Britain's most northerly barista's quality teas, sweet chai lattes, and specialty refreshments. Café Consulate owner and textile designer, Hilary Seater will also be showcasing her specially designed Tall Ships knitted hand-warmers. And for those looking for local produce with an oriental twist, Lerwick's The Great Wall will be cooking up sensational dishes such as spring onion, soya salmon, scallops with ginger and onions and lamb skewers.

Jacky's Cards & Gifts will also be offering the chance for revellers to send postcards to loved ones, whilst Mr Stripey helps them cool down with traditional ice creams.

Across at Albert Wharf and Alexandra Wharf, there will be a sizzling steak bar courtesy of G & M Whyte and a specially created continental market offering food from across Europe such as paella, crepes, German cured meats and French tartiflette. The traditional market will also have a number of stalls with sweet treats such as continental pastries and breads, dried fruit and nuts and German pick and mix.

Holmsgarth will welcome traders including Ashers Ice Cream, producers of the most indulgent dairy ice cream in Scotland made with fresh Jersey double cream, local catering duo, Marion and Grace, Gilchrist's Confectionery offering traditional and speciality confectionery and a Taste of China from local favourite, Castle Takeaway.

Family run G & M Whyte will also host a second scrumptious steak bar and coffee shop and The Café Consulate will be on hand with freshly made drinks and cakes.