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Food and drink finalists

Lerwick Brewery's Pilsener beer

THREE Shetland businesses have been shortlisted in the Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards.

Lerwick Brewery have been picked as one of three firms competing for the alcoholic drink award, with the Pilsener lager 60° North up against Glasgow-based Pincer Vodka and Spencerfield Spirit Co Ltd, of Inverkeithing.

In the dairy section Shetland Cheese, based in Skeld, are in the final alongside Graham’s The Family Dairy, of Bridge of Allan, and Glenrath Farms, in West Linton, Peeblesshire.

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And once more in the running for an award, Brae’s Frankies Fish & Chips are up for the Scottish sourcing award against Eilean Dubh Restaurant, Fortrose and The Bridge Inn at Ratho, near Edinburgh.

The Shetland Cheese creamery in Skeld

The awards are run in partnership with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, with 45 businesses competing for 21 different trophies.

Judges picked the finalists from 102 entries, tasting 115 different products on the way.

The sold-out award ceremony will be the biggest ever and held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 22 May, with Scottish television presenter Kaye Adams in front of 700 guests.

Scotland Food & Drink chief executive James Withers said the standards of entries was high “across the board”.

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