The Flavour of Shetland event, which showcases the isles’ food, music, crafts and culture opens on Thursday morning on Victoria Pier in Lerwick.
This year there are several new additions to the line-up of the four-day festival, which is part of the Johnsmas Foy celebrations.
Traditional food enthusiasts Margaret Stuart and Wilma Couper will be demonstrating how to make bannocks and beremeal bannocks daily at 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.30pm and 4.00pm and discussing other traditional recipes.
Chef Glynn Wright has teamed up with Seafood Shetland and Shetland Aquaculture to serve up a menu of dishes including fish and chips, creamy smoked fish chowder and a deluxe seafood platter, as well as daily specials including seafood paella. North Atlantic Shellfish is joining the stand and will be cooking up a variety of mussel dishes.
On the music front Thursday’s line-up includes Kollifirbolli, Fishing Notes and Fullsceilidh Spellemenslag, while Davy Cooper will be telling tales of myth and legend, together with stories from the Old Norse sagas between 1.30pm and 5.00pm.
On Friday Jordan Ogg, as well as Sandy Legget and Peter Wood, will be playing during the day. On Friday night the Revellers and Hom Bru will take to the stage.
Event organiser Nicola Halcrow said: “I’m delighted that, once again, we’ve kick-started Flavour of Shetland in style. The full programme of activities on offer makes this a great event for all the family. Its success is testament to the hard work of so many individuals. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has played a part in ensuring we stage an event that will be a big hit with all who visit, and will make Victoria Pier the place to be this weekend.”
Full details on all events can be found at www.flavourofshetland.com