Is there food and drink available at festival venues?

_DSC0112If the event is a ceilidh, you can expect to get a supper of tea and sandwiches, perhaps oatcakes and cheese, as well as a selection of cakes and biscuits. These events are normally also licensed.

There is a small bar in the Stromness and Royal Hotel function rooms (Festival/Lunchtime, and Song, Clubs respectively), and so drink is also in plentiful supply here. Rolls and crisps etc are usually available as well.

The Stromness Town Hall has no catering or bar, however do feel free to bring in bottled water or soft drinks. The consumption of alcohol is prohibited in the Town Hall, and please – please – do not bring in any rustly sweet packets.

Late-night events in the Stromness Academy (Academy Clubs) are licensed, and takeaway vans usually pitch-up outside, for closing time.

Otherwise, we would advise planning when and where you might want to eat. Stromness gets very busy over lunch and dinner times, yet most eateries are open throughout the day, so it might be worth eating mid-afternoon/early evening, or allowing yourself extra time, to beat the crowds.