The shortlist for this year’s Orkney Food and Drink Awards has been revealed, with the winners set to be announced at a gala event in Kirkwall next month.

Twenty-eight local food and drink business are in the running for 12 different awards, covering everything from the best breakfasts, lunches and evening meals, to the finest bakery, drink and dairy products. Prizes for the top marketing initiative and new product are up for grabs too, with a special continued excellence award also being presented on the night.

The awards – organised by Orkney Food and Drink and sponsored by NorthLink Ferries – form part of a re-energised and expanded Orkney Food Festival, which has been running over the summer months.OFD finaldfdffd

Over 2,500 public nominations have been received since the awards were launched in April, with the shortlist drawn up by Orkney Food and Drink and an independent adjudicator.

Award winners will be announced at a special ceremony and dinner in the Pickaquoy Centre on Saturday, 4 October.

Orkney Food and Drink’s Edgar Balfour said: “The public response to the awards has been tremendous and far exceeded our expectations for the competition’s first year. Of course, it would be nice if we could honour every single business nominated as they’ve all made a good impression on customers, but those shortlisted are the standouts from the voting and clearly going the extra mile with what they do. And, regardless of the final outcome on the night, the top three businesses in each category should be commended for making it to the finals as they’re all great ambassadors for Orkney.”

Mr Balfour added: “The awards ceremony promises to be a fantastic night, with the very best of Orkney food and drink on offer. Tickets are going fast, so anyone who’d like to take part in this fabulous showcase event should book their spot now.”

Tickets, costing £30 each, are available via the Orkney Food and Drink website at www.orkneyfoodanddrink.com, and directly from Edgar Balfour on 01856 761 430, or email at orkneyfooddrinkandcrafts@outlook.com.

Award categories and shortlisted businesses are as follows:

Best Evening Meal

Foveran Restaurant

Hamnavoe Restaurant

Kirkwall Hotel

Best Lunch or High Tea

Judith Glue

Orkney Brewery

Willows Coffee Shop

Best Breakfast

Eastward Guest House

Julia’s Café and Bistro

Orkney Auction Mart

Best School Dinners

Papa Westray Primary School

Papdale Primary School

Westray Junior High School

Best Local Food Retailer

E Flett Butchers

Jolly’s of Orkney

William Shearer

Best Marketing Initiative

Highland Park Distillery

Orkney Brewery

Orkney Buffalo

Best New Product

Donaldson’s of Orkney

Orkney Buffalo

Orkney Chocolate Company

Best Meat Based Product

Craigie Butchers

E Flett Butchers

Orkney Buffalo

Best Dairy Based Product

Gerri’s Ice Cream Parlour

Orkney Cheese

Orkney Creamery

Best Bakery Based Product

Barony Mill

W F M Brown

Stockan’s Oatcakes

Best Drink Product

Highland Brewing Company Ltd

Highland Park Distillery

Orkney Brewery

Special Prize for Continued Excellence (any area)

E Flett Butchers

Foveran Restaurant

Willows Coffee Shop

ENDS

 

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