Shortlist success for local businesses

Two Orkney Food and Drink members are in the running for major Scottish industry awards.

The Foveran Restaurant and Rooms and Stockan's Oatcakes have both been nominated in the 2016 Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards.

They join thirty nine other producers and providers from around the region in the prestigious event, with the winners to be announced in Inverness in October.

The Foveran Restaurant and Rooms has been shortlisted in the Restaurant of the Year category. The premises on the outskirts of Kirkwall underwent a major refurbishment last year and is well known for its use of local produce and excellent service, not to mention its stunning views over Scapa Flow.

The view over Scapa Flow from The Foveran in Orkney The view over Scapa Flow from The Foveran in Orkney

Paul Doull from The Foveran said ‘We are delighted and surprised to be shortlisted. We feel we have taken the restaurant to a new level following the revamp and we have been busier than ever. It’s great to see so many locals and visitors enjoying a real taste of Orkney from the abundance of local produce we have here. The whole team is proud to have been nominated’.

Stromness based Stockan’s Oatcakes is a finalist in the New Product section for its Orkney Beremeal oatcakes. The company launched the product at the start of the year. The oatcakes are made with bere, an ancient grain grown in the islands, to produce a traditional Scottish oatcake. The beremeal used in the recipe comes from the Barony Mill in Birsay, helping to create a uniquely Orcadian product.

Orkney Beremeal oatcakes from Stockan's Orkney Beremeal oatcakes from Stockan's

Business Development Manager with Stockan’s, Moira Cairns, said ‘We are very proud of our Orkney heritage so we are delighted that our delicious Orkney Beremeal oatcakes have been shortlisted. Using beremeal has helped us produce a unique tasting oatcake with a subtle wholesome flavour that also offers a useful range of micronutrients. It is a perfect partner to cheese, smoked fish or simply enjoyed spread with butter’.

Edgar Balfour from Orkney Food and Drink said ‘These nominations highlight that Orkney's food and drink is still at the forefront of the industry across the Highlands and Islands. Not only do we have some of the finest products, we also have restaurants and venues of the highest quality’.

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