Orkney’s finest food and drink businesses were recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony held in Stromness last night (Saturday, 15 October).

Thirty-six local food and drink business were shortlisted for 16 different awards, covering everything from the best breakfasts, lunches and evening meals, to the finest bakery, drink, meat, fish and dairy products. Prizes for the top marketing initiative and new product were also presented, along with awards for continued excellence and outstanding customer service.

The biennial event – re-launched in 2014 – was organised by Orkney Food and Drink, with sponsorship from NorthLink Ferries and Highland Park Distillery.

The awards shortlist was drawn up following a public vote earlier this year that attracted 4,000 nominations. The winners, listed below, were announced at last night’s gala awards dinner in Stromness Academy, with each receiving a unique crystal trophy.

Edgar Balfour, development manager for Orkney food, drink and crafts, said: “The event was a truly fantastic showcase for Orkney’s food and drink sector and we should congratulate all the businesses that were nominated by the public, and ultimately shortlisted. Of course, particular recognition must go to the winners for the incredibly high standards they have set. Their dedication contributes greatly to Orkney’s reputation as a food and drink centre of excellence and it’s wonderful that we have this opportunity to reward and celebrate their commitment.”

Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2016
Some of the winners from the Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2016. Pic by Tom O’Brien.

Peter Hutchinson, customer service director at NorthLink Ferries, said: “NorthLink Ferries would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners. As a company that sources quality on board produce from across the Northern Isles, we are very pleased to once again support the competition and its successful applicants.

“The Orkney Food and Drink Awards are a great opportunity for a range of businesses to showcase their commitment to local produce and this year we have seen an outstanding number of entries from restaurants, hotels and food retailers striving to offer customers and guests the best food and drink experience.”

WINNERS – ORKNEY FOOD AND DRINK AWARDS 2016

Best Restaurant Evening Meal

Foveran Restaurant

Best Hotel/Bar Evening Meal

Kirkwall Hotel

Best Lunch or High Tea  

Willows Coffee Shop – Wellpark Garden Centre

Best Breakfast   

Eastward Guest House

Best School Dinner    

Westray Junior High School

Best Local Food Retailer 

The Brig Larder

Best Marketing Initiative  

The Brig Larder

Best New Product      

Island Smokery – Sweet Chilli Smoked Cheese

Best Meat-Based Supplier/Producer 

Craigie Butchers

Best Fish-Based Supplier/Producer  

Pierowall Fish Ltd

Best Dairy-Based Supplier/Producer

Orkney Creamery

Best Bakery-Based Supplier/Producer  

Rendall’s Bakery

Best Drink-Based Supplier/Producer

Swannay Brewery

Best use of OFD Products     

Foveran Restaurant

Outstanding Customer Service    

The Brig Larder

Special Prize for Continued Excellence  

W F M Brown

ENDS

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