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February 8, 2023

Local Heats in Highland wide Shortbread Showdown

SkyeConnect, in collaboration with VisitInverness Lochness and other Destination Management Organisations across the Highlands, is holding a “Shortbread Showdown” competition to identify the best shortbread producer in the region.

Regional heats are taking place across the Highlands, with the Skye and Lochalsh event taking place at Dunvegan castle on the 16th of February during the Castles popular ‘Snowdrop day’. 

Contestants registered so far include two local bakeries and two B&B / guesthouses.Visitors to the event will be asked to vote for the best shortbread on offer. The top three will go forward to represent Skye and Lochalsh at the final in Inverness Cathedral on March 25th.

The Highland Shortbread Showdown is being supported by Scotland Food & Drink, Walker’s Shortbread and Dean’s. The shortlisted shortbread biscuits will be judged by four well-known bakers from the Highlands – Kirsten Gilmour (KJ) from the Mountain Café; Jeni Lannetta  from Bad Girl Bakery; Craig Wilson aka The Kilted Chef; and Andrew Mackay, Head Pastry Chef at Gleneagles.  

A recipe book of all the shortbread recipes that entered the Highland Shortbread Showdown will be on sale at the final event at Inverness Cathedral to raise funds for Highland Hospice.

Alistair Danter, Project Manager of SkyeConnect is looking forward to Skye Bakers making their mark in the competition.

“Shortbread is one of the Highlands’ favorite Food and Drink offerings. Having local businesses representing the area in a regional competition is great and we welcome the support of Dunvegan Castle in allowing us to hold the area event during the popular ‘Snowdrop day’ on the 16th of February.

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