A business in the Western Isles is playing a waiting game to see if it has won the award at the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.
Showcasing the innovation and diversity of food and drink in the region, the shortlisted island finalist is Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate Products for their ‘Amhuinnsuithe Castle Estate Vension cuts’ entry in the Red, White and Game category.
With 21 award categories celebrating excellence across Scottish food and drink, the Scotland Food & Drink Awards promise to be the food-lovers’ event of the year and will take place on 22nd May.
The awards range from Scottish Food & Drink Entrepreneur to ten food product awards that are largely judged on taste as well as the introduction of two new categories, Scottish Sourcing and Brand Success of the Year.
In the course of their assessment of the entries, the judges tasted 115 food and drink entries and examined submissions from 102 businesses across Scotland.
The awards are organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).
The event’s headline sponsor is Asda and the awards are supported by Think Local.
Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, James Withers, said: “These awards celebrate the best of Scottish food and drink products and businesses, recognising the quality of produce and excellence in a range of fields from innovation to sustainability and the development of health initiatives.
“Feedback from the judges was very positive and the standard of entries was high across the board.
“Entries have come from individuals, artisan producers and global brands reflecting the wide variety of our food and drink companies as well as their strengths and expertise. All play their part in the continued development and growth of the industry to a value of £16.5bn by 2017.”
He continued: “We look forward to the biggest ever awards ceremony and dinner in May at which we will toast the success of the industry and reveal the overall winners in the company of a record number of attendees- 700 of food and drink’s finest will come together at this sell out night.
“The awards take place during an important year for Scotland and will only contribute to cementing Scotland’s deserved reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.”
Adding his praise to the shortlisted businesses, Stephen Hutt, RHASS’ Chief Executive, said: “It is the Society’s remit to promote primary producers and the exceptional standard of entries demonstrates just how vibrant and innovative our food and drink sector is.
“To be shortlisted is a huge achievement and congratulations must be awarded to all those who have been selected. RHASS is very proud to be a part of such a thriving and passionate industry which comes together at the Royal Highland Show each year.”