Winners of 2018 Orkney Food and Drink Awards announced

October 14th 2018

Orkney’s finest food and drink businesses were recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony held in Kirkwall last night (Saturday, 13 October).

Thirty-one local businesses were shortlisted for 12 different accolades in the 2018 Orkney Food and Drink Awards, covering everything from the best bar and takeaway meals, to the finest bakery, fish, drink and dairy products. Voters were also able to nominate their favourite café, tearoom, or local food retailer.

A record 8,250 public nominations were received for the biennial event  - organised by Orkney Food and Drink (OFD) and sponsored by NorthLink Ferries and Highland Park.

The awards were held at Kirkwall Grammar School for the first time The awards were held at Kirkwall Grammar School for the first time

Unlike in previous years, the 2018 awards were judged solely on public votes, though a 13th award category, covering outstanding performance by a local food and drink business, was decided on the night by the directors of OFD.

Edgar Balfour, project manager for Orkney food, drink and crafts, said: “Many congratulations to all the winning businesses who have worked exceptionally hard to deliver consistently outstanding produce and service to customers, not just here in Orkney, but much further afield too. Their passion and commitment have been recognised in the enormous public vote for this year’s awards, and they should be very proud indeed.”

He added: “We must also congratulate all the shortlisted businesses. Despite not winning tonight, the very fact they were in the running is a major achievement, so well done to them too.”

Seumas Campbell, Serco’s customer service director at NorthLink Ferries, commented: “We would like to congratulate all of the winners of this year’s Orkney Food & Drink Awards. The awards celebrate the very best of the island’s talented food and drink industry and it’s great to see such a fantastic range of local businesses, including many of our own suppliers, building on the reputation that Orkney is a place of excellent produce.

“I would also like to congratulate the NorthLink Ferries team for winning Best Kids Meal, demonstrating our own commitment to providing great food and drink for all ages on board our passenger services.

“All finalists and winners should be extremely proud, and we look forward to continuing to work with Orkney Food & Drink and its network.”

The winners at the 2018 Orkney Food and Drink Awards - image by Tom O'Brien/The Orcadian The winners at the 2018 Orkney Food and Drink Awards - image by Tom O'Brien/The Orcadian

Category winners each received a special Orkney Food and Drink Awards trophy. All winners are listed below:

Best A-la-Carte Meal

Foveran Restaurant

Best Bar Meal

St Ola Hotel

Best Café or Tearoom

Birsay Bay Tearoom

Best Takeaway Meal


Best Local Food Retailer

The Brig Larder

Best Kids Meal

NorthLink Ferries

Best Meat-Based Product

Craigie Butchers Ltd – Highland Chicken

Best Fish-Based Product

Jollys of Orkney – Kirkjuvagr Gin & Orange Smoked Salmon

Best Dairy-Based Product

Orkney Cheese – Orkney Butter

Best Bakery-Based Product

Westray Bakehouse – Westray Rolls

Best Drink-Based Product

Orkney Gin Company – Johnsmas Gin

Best Peedie Product

Peedie Kirkwall Cakes – Peedie Kirkwall Cake

Outstanding Performance Award

Highland Park

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