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Winners of Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards 2023 announced


By Rachel Smart

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Ciara Bow.
Ciara Bow.

The annual Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards 2023 announced its winners at a ceremony at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness.

The awards celebrate the talent, quality and diversity across food, drink and hospitality in the Highlands and Islands with a total of 15 award categories.

This year's winners include Ciara Bow as young ambassador of the year and Dunnet Bay Distillers Visitor Experience.

Husband and wife and owners of Good Highland Food, Yvonne and Mike Crook, took home the prize for ambassador of the year.

Yvonne Crook, paying tribute to her husband said: "Mike’s passion for developing great food and drink experiences has been made easier by the fantastic array of producers in the Highlands and Islands, whose passion shines through and makes it easy for us to deliver some of the best hospitality experiences in the world.

“During covid, it was a chance for us to reflect and to consider the future of Good Highland Food, which is wider than business growth. Our passion is the community we work with, the Highlands as a destination and a commitment to using local producers and creating the best local food and drink experiences we can as well as leaving a legacy for the future.”

The full list of winners:

BEST DRINK

Winner: North Uist Distillery – Downpour Scottish Dry Gin, North Uist

BEST EATERY AWARD

Winner:No 88 Ltd, Shetland

Highly commended: The Pier, Lairg, Caithness and Ross-shire

BEST FOOD & DRINK TOURISM EXPERIENCE

Winner: Dunnet Bay Distillers Visitor Experience

Highly commended: Islay Sea Adventures and The Majestic Line (Scotland) Ltd

BEST FOOD – RETAIL

Winner: Island Bakery – Isle of Mull Cheese Biscuits Range

BEST STREET FOOD AWARD

Winner: Tagliotello, Inverness

INDEPENDENT RETAILER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Winner: Lochcarron Food Centre

BEST START UP

Winner: The Islay Spirits Company

PRIMARY PRODUCER AWARD

Winner: Bakkafrost Scotland

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Sun Dancer

SUPPLY CHAIN BUSINESS AWARD

Winner: Williamson Foodservice

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Winner: Windswept Brewing Co

YOUNG AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

Winners: Ciara Bow, , Gledfield Distillery, Tain, Caithness and Ross-shire. Finlay MacDonald, Chocolates of Glenshiel, Lochaber.

Highly commended: Paige Dennis

JUDGES AWARD

Winner: Shetland Islands Council Local Food Procurement

AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

Winner: Yvonne and Mike Crook, Good Highland Food

Chair of the judging panel, Elaine Jamieson, head of food and drink and life sciences at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), said:

“Congratulations to all the winners and finalists. These businesses truly represent the very best of Scotland’s larder from the Highlands and Islands.

“This year we’ve had more entries than ever before, giving our judges a difficult job. The level of innovation, expertise and quality of our entries never ceases to amaze me and I feel incredibly grateful that the Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards gives us the opportunity to celebrate the amazing work that is being done within the sector.”


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