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Finalists announced for a record-breaking Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards

2nd July 2015

Thirty-eight businesses across the Highlands, islands and Cairngorms National Park area have been shortlisted for the area's most prestigious food and drink awards.

Finalists ranged from new businesses to established producers; family-run restaurants to Michelin-starred establishments and demonstrated the strength and diversity of food and drink businesses across the region.

The awards, now in their 11th year include 13 categories ranging from the Young Shining Star and Restaurant of the Year to Export and Healthier Food & Drink.

The Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards 2015 has seen a 39% surge in entries with a total of 100 entries received for this year's awards.

The awards are delivered with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Crystal Mackay, development manager at HIE, said: "We would like to thank the companies and individuals who entered the awards and congratulate them on their submissions. We are very pleased to see such a high level and quality of entries received from across the region. Our fantastic natural larder is one of our key strengths and growing the food and drink sector is a priority for us. We wish all shortlisted companies and individuals the very best of luck in the forthcoming Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards during this Year of Food & Drink 2015."

Judging for the awards took place last week at The Storehouse at Foveran with a panel of 13 judges examining the entries and tasting produce from across the Highlands and Islands and Cairngorms National Park.

With 2015 marked across Scotland as the Year of Food and Drink, this year's awards look set to be higher profile than ever before. Gordon & MacPhail, one of the UK’s leading independent wine, spirit and whisky wholesalers, is headline sponsor.

Full details of all the award categories can be found at www.hifoodanddrinkawards.com.

The winners will be announced on Friday 23rd October at a glittering awards ceremony at the four-star Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness. Tickets cost £75 + VAT and include a welcome drink and sumptuous four-course dinner with a menu showcasing local food and drink. The host for the night is comedian and broadcaster, Fred MacAulay who is returning for a third year by popular demand.

Tickets can be booked by emailing kristin[AT]luxevents.co.uk or telephoning 0131 466 7199. The event is expected to sell out so early booking is advised.

Shortlist 2015

Best Drink Award

Rock Rose Gin - Dunnet Bay Distillers
Gordon Castle Scotland
Angels' Nectar - Highfern Ltd
Speyside Distillery
Windswept Brewing Co

Best Eatery Award

Eileandubh Restaurant
Gille Brighde Cafe & Restaurant
Harbour Lights
The Pier Cafe

Best Marketing Initiative Award

Great Glen Charcuterie Ltd
North Hop
Orkney Fishermen's Society Ltd
Seafood Shetland

Environment Award

Isle of Eriska Restaurant
Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd
Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd

Export Award

Associated Seafoods Ltd
Speyside Distillery
Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd

Food & Drink Business Growth Award
Cobbs Group

Orkney Fishermen's Society Ltd
Spey Valley Brewery

Healthier Food and Drink Award

Highland Crackers (Highland Cordials)
Juicy-Ness
Skye Farm Shop

Independent Food & Drink Retailer of the Year Award
Buth Bheag

Gordon Castle Scotland
Skye Farm Shop
The Old Post Office & Lochbuie Larder

New Business Award

Dunnet Bay Distillers
Gordon Castle Scotland
Muckrach Country House Hotel
North Hop
Stew 'n' Drew's Ltd

New Product Award

Applecross Smokehouse
Rock Rose Gin - Dunnet Bay Distillers
Great Glen Charcuterie Ltd
Angels' Nectar - Highfern Ltd
Strathconon Highland Preserves
Windswept Brewing Co

Restaurant of the Year Award

Flodigarry Hotel
India on the Green
Isle of Eriska Restaurant
Kylesku Hotel
Ninth Wave Restaurant
The Whitehouse Restaurant Lochaline

Young Shining Star Award

Tammy Rendall, Associated Seafoods Ltd
Fraser Fotheringham, Clubhouse Hotel and Orchid Restaurant
Hector MacLeod, Flodigarry Hotel
Sinclair Bain, Orkney Fishermen's Society Ltd
Andrew Fraser, Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd
Barbora Gaborova, Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd

 

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