Orkney based The Island Smokery is celebrating after being named as a finalist for the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2019.
The Island Smokery was named as a finalist in the Cheese & Dairy category of the awards for its Dark Island Cheddar.
Now in its 20th year, the Excellence Awards has been restructured for 2019 and focuses on the standout products driving value and consumer choice in the market, in line with the overarching Ambition 2030 strategy to double the value of the industry.
Winners from all 19 categories will be announced in front of 800 guests at a prestigious awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday 23 May 2019, in the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh.
Callum MacInnes, owner of The Island Smokery, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected as one of the finalists at the Excellence Awards. We’re a small team and dedicated to only producing the best we can. I’m very proud of the staff who do a great job and are always looking for the next product.”
James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink, added: “Every year the Excellence Awards attract an incredibly diverse range of entrants, all of which are of a very high quality. This year we’ve had a record number of entries and the standard has never been higher.
“While tasting each of the products entered into the awards sounds like a dream, in reality, selecting the very best of the best has been extremely difficult for our expert judging panel.
“Now celebrating its 20th year, the Awards will yet again be the premier night in one of Scotland’s most valuable and successful industries. Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists.”
Tickets for the glittering awards ceremony and dinner are available from Scotland Food & Drink priced at £125+VAT for Scotland Food & Drink members, or £250+VAT for non-members. Finalists are offered tickets at the discounted rate of £95+VAT. Tickets can be purchased from Scotland Food & Drink here.
The event is organised by Scotland Food & Drink, in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) and headline sponsor Asda.