Call for food and drink firms to take part in awards

4th May 2015

It is the ultimate recognition of excellence for local food and drink businesses. That is how Shirley Spear, chairman of the new Scottish Food Commission, describes the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards.

Mrs Spear – founder and director of Michelin-starred restaurant The Three Chimneys and The House Over-By on Skye – wants businesses to enter this year’s awards ahead of the deadline on May 8.

“I’ve relished my involvement in the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards over the past few years,” she said. “It’s the ultimate recognition of excellence for local food and drink businesses and a shortlist or win at the awards can provide a significant launch pad for businesses of all sizes.

“I’d urge new and established businesses to get involved and consider entering.” Mrs Spear – who was crowned Ambassador of the Year at last year’s Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards – is involved with the leadership and guidance of the Scottish Food Commission in its efforts to help improve Scotland’s attitude to eating fresh and healthy produce.
Food and drink businesses from across the Highlands and Islands and Cairngorms National Park area have the opportunity to enter a range of categories at this year’s awards, which are delivered with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

With 2015 promoted as Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, this year’s awards look set to be higher profile than ever before.

Gordon & MacPhail is headline sponsor of the event and Scottish Provincial Press is the media partner. Finalists will be announced on June 26 with winners announced on October 23 at the awards ceremony at Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness.

For details of all the award categories and how to enter, visit: www.hifoodand drinkawards.com

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