Firms in run­ning for food and drink awards

The Oban Times - - FEATURE -

FORTY- ONE food and drink busi­nesses from across the High­lands, Is­lands and Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park area cel­e­brat­ing be­ing short­listed for the re­gion’s most pres­ti­gious food and drink awards, to be held in In­ver­ness’s Kingsmills Ho­tel on Oc­to­ber 21.

Fi­nal­ists for the High­lands and Is­lands Food and Drink Awards range from new busi­ness such as Ballindal­loch dis­tillery to es­tab­lished com­pa­nies, such as Orkney-based Stockan’s Oat­cakes which has been op­er­at­ing for more than 100 years.

Suc­cess­ful eater­ies and restau­rants like the new Café Sia on Skye and Lossiemouth’s pop­u­lar Har­bour Lights res­tau­rant were in­cluded along­side food and drink re­tail­ers.

Busi­nesses are be­ing recog­nised for their suc­cess in cat­e­gories like best mar­ket­ing ini­tia­tive (spon­sored by Bid­vest Food­ser­vice Scot­land) and the busi­ness growth award (spon­sored by John­ston Carmichael).

Young tal­ent in the in­dus­try is recog­nised with four fi­nal­ists in the Young Shin­ing Star cat­e­gory: An­drew Fraser from Wester Ross Fish­eries Ltd, Caitlin Grainger from Cor­ner on the Square, Gil­lian Ross from MacGochans and Kirstin McGrath from the Club­house Ho­tel.

Judges in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE), Scot­land Food and Drink, cater­ers, chefs and cur­rent am­bas­sadors of the year, Jill and Cal­lum Clark of Con­nage High­land Dairy.

The awards, now in their 12th year, are de­liv­ered with sup­port from High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE).

Elaine Jamieson, head of food and drink at HIE, said: ‘ Our food and drink sec­tor is char­ac­terised by high- qual­ity pro­duce and ser­vice, and a strong sense of pride in peo­ple and place.

‘It is great to see a strong field of en­tries in the High­land and Is­lands Food and Drink Awards and we look for­ward to an evening of show­cas­ing, cel­e­brat­ing and meet­ing fronds old and new on Oc­to­ber 21.’

Fred Ma­cAulay will be host­ing the evening for the third time run­ning.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets are avail­able at www. hi­foodan­

Co­me­dian Fred Ma­cAulay will host the awards cer­e­mony.

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