Business / Local businesses shortlisted for food and drink awards

The food and drink awards judging panel is chaired by Elaine Jamieson. Photo: Highlands and Islands Food & Drinks awards

THREE local businesses and projects have been named as finalist in this year’s Highlands and Islands Food & Drink awards.

Commercial Street based restaurant No.88 Kitchen and Bar is one of three shortlisted in the best eatery category, while the council’s local food procurement initiative is included on the five strong shortlist for the sustainability award.

Meanwhile, Paige Dennis of Lerwick-based Island Larder is one of six finalists for the young ambassador of the year award.

A total of 44 finalists from across the region were named for the 15 categories on Tuesday afternoon.

The winners will be announced during the award ceremony at Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness on 27 October.


Chair of the judging panel, Elaine Jamieson from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said the calibre of entries had been outstanding.

“Food and drink in the Highlands and Islands is truly exceptional: from street food and start ups to established producers, our region has a world class reputation,” she said.

“And these finalists demonstrate this. With a record number of entries for 2023, our panel of expert judges had their work cut out.

“We look forward to announcing the winners at the awards ceremony in October and reconnecting with our friends and colleagues in the industry.”

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