Media Release: Career change leaves pair tasting sweet success

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AN ice cream duo are preparing to mix things up at an Aberdeen craft beer festival this Spring, following a successful first year in business.

Stewart Sutherland and Drew Parkes who established Stew n’ Drew’s ice cream manufacturers and wholesalers, which is headquartered in Hopeman, Moray, in February 2014, will be exhibiting at the North Hop Aberdeen Festival, taking place in Aberdeen on 11 April.

The duo plan to break into the Aberdeen market at the event, showcasing their exciting range of iced treats, including Wolf beer ice cream, which has been created with the help of Windswept Brewery, based in Lossiemouth on the Moray Coast.

The young entrepreneurs took over Miele’s of Hopeman, when Mario Miele sold his ice cream business due to retirement in January 2014, after previously employing Stewart to work in his factory when he was a young boy.

Former VAT specialist Stewart, and Drew who worked as an engineer, now use their previous skills and experience to create and experiment with a number of different flavours.

Owner and ice cream maker at Stew n’ Drew’s, Stewart Sutherland, said: “I’ve always had a passion for ice cream. I used to make ice cream when I was younger working at Miele’s of Hopeman, right until I finished University. When the owner of the ice cream company decided he would retire in January 2014, Drew and myself saw the perfect opportunity to get involved and make it into our own business.

“It’s been a huge risk for both of us and it’s a demanding 24/7 job, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our line of work allows us to get creative and experiment with a number of different flavours so that we get the exact tastes we want.

“We only pasteurise our milk once which gives our ice cream its distinctive taste. We use small batch freezers that benefit the overall taste of the ice cream and we also add in our top secret special ingredient, which really helps bring out the flavours.”

Drew Parkes, owner and ice cream maker at Stew n’ Drew’s, added: “We got involved in the Inverness festival last year and had a great time meeting a number of new clients and customers. We have some extremely interesting flavours for festivalgoers at the Aberdeen event and have already partnered with some of the exhibitors like Windswept Brewery to create our Wolf beer ice cream, which was very popular.”

Other exhibitors for North Hop Aberdeen from in and around the Granite City will include Adelphi Kitchen, 10 Dollar Shake and BrewDog. Scottish exhibitors will feature Williams Bros Brewing Co, Windswept Brewing Co, Cromarty Brewing Co, Thistly Cross Cider, Aye Love Real Food and Edinburgh’s Fresh Revolution.

North Hop Aberdeen will run over two sessions, one taking place from 12 noon until 6pm on Saturday 11 April 2015, and the other from 7pm on Saturday 11 April 2015 until 1am on Sunday 12 April 2015. Tickets are priced at £15 for each session and all tickets are subject to booking fees. One third of the tickets have sold already.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit The Lemon Tree website or call the Box Office on 01224 641122.

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