Shetland businesses will be represented at the Highland Show

Shetland businesses will be represented at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh in June, as Scotland’s annual celebration of rural life returns in person for the first time since the pandemic began.

It follows news earlier this year that the Cunningsburgh Show will be making a long-awaited return.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the show, which was first held at Canongate, near where the Scottish Parliament currently sits.

Since moving to its permanent home in Ingliston, each region of Scotland has taken its turn to be host and 2022 is the turn of the Highlands and Islands.

Shetland participants include Nielanell Designs in Hoswick, Glansin Glass of Unst, Yala Jewellery, Shetland Reel, Shetland Deli, Island Larder, Nort Finest and Shetland Lamb.

Local artisans and artists will also include Silly Sheep Fiber from Walls.

Honorary Chairman Ewan Macdonald said: “We are extremely proud to have the chance to be the host region in this very special year for the Royal Highland Show.

“And we take this opportunity to demonstrate how we have survived and thrived for centuries in this part of the world, using our natural resources.”

A specially created exhibition will focus on the rural economy, tourism and culture, food and drink, as well as renewable energy and the fight against climate change.

The Shetland Food Truck, sitting next to the marquee, is likely to be a big draw.

Budge sisters Kirsty and Aimee, from Bigton Farm, will hold an ‘In Conversation’ session at the Food for Thought Theatre.

The Royal Highland Show will take place at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, from June 23-26.

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