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Shortlist announced for 2011 Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards

Seafood, ice cream, salad leaves, chocolate, restaurants and brewers are just some of the 28 first class products and businesses celebrating today after being shortlisted for this year’s Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards.

Recognising excellence and achievement in the food and drink industry, the Awards are organised by the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Forum, and supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. With strong competition amid a larger entry field than previous years, the shortlisted businesses and organisations demonstrate the top quality produce available across the Highlands and Islands today. 

Ian McWilliams of Keltic Seafare and Lucy Midgley-Smith of the Crannog Bistro are in the running for the Young Ambassador this year, an Award recognising their outstanding contributions to the industry. Other award categories recognise healthier food and drink, innovation, new products, new businesses, and businesses working in collaboration with each other.

Quintin Stevens, co-chair of the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards, said: “All of the companies and organisations short-listed for this year’s awards deserve our huge congratulations – this year has attracted more entries than ever before, with many from new businesses. The Forum is pleased to acknowledge the support of our partners who have chosen to sponsor the awards, and contribute to the campaign for excellence in the food and drink industry in the Highland and Islands.”

Iain Sutherland, Senior Development Manager for Food and Drink at Highlands and Islands Enterprise said: “HIE is delighted to be supporting the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards again this year, and the record number of entries shows how the sector in the area is going from strength to strength. Last year’s winners, including Isle of Eriska Hotel and Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK Ltd have found that being awarded such a prestigious accolade is an excellent marketing tool. In terms of the 2011 shortlist, it is clear that these very high standards are continuing and Scottish food and drink can be considered some of the best in the world.”

The winners in each category will be revealed at a spectacular Awards Dinner hosted by BBC Scotland’s Catriona Shearer and showcasing delicious, quality food and drink from the region at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness, on Friday 21 October 2011. Tickets for the Awards Dinner are available by visiting or by telephoning 0845 838 2748.
The shortlist for the Highlands & Islands Restaurant of the Year Award will be announced in September. More information on the Awards is available at .

The full shortlist for the 2011 Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards is given below:

Best Use of Local Food and Drink, sponsored by Swansons Fruit Company and Speyside Specialities

Comfort Foods, Rosemarkie, Ross-shire
Craggan Mill Restaurant, Grantown on Spey, Moray
Crannag Bistro, Bonar Bridge, Sutherland
Creelers of Skye, Broadford, Skye
Red Roof Café Gallery, Glendale, Skye
The Puffer Bar & Restaurant, Easdale Island, Argyll

Distance No Object Award

Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK Limited, Lerwick, Shetland
Millers of Speyside, Grantown on Spey, Moray
Reids of Caithness, Thurso, Caithness

Environment Award, sponsored by Tio Ltd

Highland Eggs, Arderseir, Inverness
Red Roof Café Gallery, Glendale, Skye
The Ethical Shellfish Company, Aros, Isle of Mull, Argyll
Wester Ross Fisheries Ltd, Ardmair, Ullapool, Ross-shire

Healthier Food and Drink Award, sponsored by Robert Wiseman Dairies

Aquascot, Alness, Ross-shire
Highland Wholefoods Workers Cooperative Ltd, Inverness
Saladworx Mill Farm, Dornoch, Sutherland
The Larder Alness, Ross-shire

Innovation Award, sponsored by Scotland Food and Drink

Café Artysans, Inverness
Isle of Skye Brewing Co Ltd, Uig, Isle of Skye
Saladworx Mill Farm, Dornoch, Sutherland

New Business Award, sponsored by JBT Distribution and J&D Cowper

Argyll Smokery, Sandbank, Dunoon, Argyll
Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour, Fochabers, Moray
Red Roof Café Gallery, Glendale, Skye
The Ethical Shellfish Company, Aros, Isle of Mull, Argyll

New Product Award, sponsored by Polaris Learning Ltd

Edinburgh Salmon Company – Garnished Boneless Salmon Steak Dingwall, Ross-shire
Keltic Seafare – Crab Product Range, Dingwall, Ross-shire
Loch Duart Ltd –Smoked Salmon Range, Lochcarnan, South Uist, Western Isles
Oban Chocolate Company – Scottish Artisan Chocolates, Oban, Argyll
Reids of Caithness – Range of Shortbreads and Oat Biscuits, Thurso, Caithness
Saladworx – Range of Salad Dressings, Mill Farm, Dornoch, Sutherland

Partnerships for Success Award, sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Loch Fyne Oysters, Cairndow, Argyll
Orkney Fishermen’s Society, Stromness, Orkney

Young Ambassador, sponsored by The STOREHOUSE & The DORES INN

Ian McWilliams, Keltic Seafare, Dingwall, Ross-shire
Lucy Midgley-Smith, Crannag Bistro, Bonar Bridge, Sutherland