Winners of Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2016 announced

Orkney’s finest food and drink businesses were recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony held in Stromness last night (Saturday, 15 October).

Thirty-six local food and drink business were shortlisted for 16 different awards, covering everything from the best breakfasts, lunches and evening meals, to the finest bakery, drink, meat, fish and dairy products. Prizes for the top marketing initiative and new product were also presented, along with awards for continued excellence and outstanding customer service.

The Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2016, held at Stromness Academy The Orkney Food and Drink Awards 2016, held at Stromness Academy

The biennial event  – re-launched in 2014 – was organised by Orkney Food and Drink, with sponsorship from NorthLink Ferries and Highland Park Distillery.

The awards shortlist was drawn up following a public vote earlier this year that attracted 4,000 nominations. The winners, listed below, were announced at last night’s gala awards dinner in Stromness Academy, with each receiving a unique crystal trophy.

Edgar Balfour, development manager for Orkney food, drink and crafts, said: “The event was a truly fantastic showcase for Orkney’s food and drink sector and we should congratulate all the businesses that were nominated by the public, and ultimately shortlisted. Of course, particular recognition must go to the winners for the incredibly high standards they have set. Their dedication contributes greatly to Orkney’s reputation as a food and drink centre of excellence and it’s wonderful that we have this opportunity to reward and celebrate their commitment.”

Some of the winners from the 2016 Orkney Food and Drink Awards - image by Tom O'Brien Some of the winners from the 2016 Orkney Food and Drink Awards - image by Tom O'Brien

Peter Hutchinson, customer service director at NorthLink Ferries, said: “NorthLink Ferries would like to congratulate all of this year's winners. As a company that sources quality on board produce from across the Northern Isles, we are very pleased to once again support the competition and its successful applicants. 

"The Orkney Food and Drink Awards are a great opportunity for a range of businesses to showcase their commitment to local produce and this year we have seen an outstanding number of entries from restaurants, hotels and food retailers striving to offer customers and guests the best food and drink experience."  

WINNERS - ORKNEY FOOD AND DRINK AWARDS 2016

Best Restaurant Evening Meal 

Foveran Restaurant      

Best Hotel/Bar Evening Meal   

Kirkwall Hotel   

Best Lunch or High Tea           

Willows Coffee Shop - Wellpark Garden Centre  

Best Breakfast 

Eastward Guest House 

Best School Dinner     

Westray Junior High School      

Best Local Food Retailer         

The Brig Larder 

Best Marketing Initiative          

The Brig Larder 

Best New Product        

Island Smokery - Sweet Chilli Smoked Cheese   

Best Meat-Based Supplier/Producer    

Craigie Butchers           

Best Fish-Based Supplier/Producer     

Pierowall Fish Ltd         

Best Dairy-Based Supplier/Producer   

Orkney Creamery          

Best Bakery-Based Supplier/Producer 

Rendall's Bakery          

Best Drink-Based Supplier/Producer   

Swannay Brewery         

Best use of OFD Products       

Foveran Restaurant      

Outstanding Customer Service

The Brig Larder 

Special Prize for Continued Excellence           

W F M Brown                            

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