OFFSHORE EUROPE DELEGATES TO SAMPLE THE BEST OF NORTH-EAST SEAFOOD

Around 50, 000 delegates attending a major international oil and gas conference will be treated to some of the best seafood from the north-east of Scotland.

Aberdeenshire Council is working with the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) to promote the benefits and quality of locally-produced food at this year’s Offshore Europe from 3 – 6 September.

The delegates from all over the world will be treated to a selection of local and seasonal produce during the three day event.

The council has contributed toward the cost of uniforms for 250 food-serving staff. The garments will highlight the fact that delegates are being served local seafood and seasonal produce, showcasing some of the high-quality food and drink Aberdeenshire has to offer.

A selection of seafood, including smoked haddock, salmon and prawns, will be served at the six main dining areas throughout Offshore Europe.

Promotional banners feature John Buchan, skipper of the Ocean Venture and whose catch is highly prized by King Foods, a key supplier of seafood to the AECC. In addition to highlighting that the seafood is local, the banners also carry details of the Responsible Fishing Scheme.

This is the third time that the council has worked with the AECC to promote locally-produced food at the biennial Offshore Europe event.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, which incorporates Economic Development, Councillor Peter Argyle, said: “Aberdeenshire is responsible for a large part of Scotland’s seafood industry and produces a huge range of high-quality food.”

“With tens of thousands of delegates visiting Offshore Europe from across the world, this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase what we have to offer and get people excited about the high quality and wide variety of seafood coming from Aberdeenshire.”

Committee vice-chair, Councillor Alan S Buchan, said: “The fisheries industry is vital to the ongoing success of the north-east economy.”

“I am pleased to hear we are once again working in partnership with the AECC to take advantage of a prime opportunity to deliver examples of some of Aberdeenshire’s finest food products to an international delegation.”

Brian Horsburgh, AECC Managing Director, said: “We understand the importance of working with local suppliers and are keen to showcase the range of produce, food and drink produced locally to all visitors, both at OE and all other conferences and events held at AECC. This also supports our sustainability policies of sourcing locally, which is key to uphold our GTBS Gold rating and our journey to achieve ISO20121 accreditation.”

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For more information please contact Leanna MacLarty,  Communications Officer on 01224 664235 or email  leanna.maclarty@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

 

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