Great Taste 2018 from the Guild of Fine Food Five Orkney Food and Drink producers are celebrating Great Taste 2018 awards this week, highlighting the quality products available here in the islands.
Widely regarded as a stamp of excellence, the awards recognise taste only with all products removed from their packaging before taste-tests by a panel of expert judges. This year, MasterChef 2018 winner, Kenny Tutt, chef and food writer Elly Curshen and food buyers from Harrods and Selfridges were all on the judging team.
The Orkney Creamery claimed two ‘2-star’ awards for its Original Orkney Dairy Ice Cream and its J. Gow Rum Soaked Raisin Orkney Ice Cream.
Orkney Craft Vinegar was awarded 2-stars for its Bere Malt vinegar, and 1-star for its Honey and Meadowsweet vinegar. Three gins from the Orkney Gin Company – Johnsmas, Mikkelmas and Rhubarb Old Tom – were given 1-star awards, as was Sea Glass Gin from the Deerness Distillery.
Donaldsons of Orkney also took a 1-star title for its Hot Smoked Salmon.
Project Manager for Orkney Food and Drink, Edgar Balfour, said: “The Great Taste awards showcase the very best food and drink in the country and it’s fantastic to see five Orkney businesses be so successful. We’re very proud of our producers here and they continue to create innovative, exciting and delicious products. These awards from the Guild of Fine Food show that all their hard work is paying off.”
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