Mrs Monkfish was lucky enough to attend the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards last night in Edinburgh at the EICC. Hosted by the Loose Woman herself, Ms Kaye Adams, seventeen of Scotland’s leading food and drink businesses were celebrating their wins in front of an audience of 700, double the size of last year’s event. It was high fives all round.
With 22 award categories celebrating excellence across Scottish food and drink, the Excellence Awards showcased a broad spectrum of food and drink companies from across the country. Winners included small start up companies like Island Girl (producers of Ooft sauce) and recently formed Ronan Foods (producers of a range of free-from foods); family farming businesses like Glenrath Farms (a free range egg producer) and Graham’s The Family Dairy (Scotland’s largest independent dairy); and Mathiesons Bakery, which dates back to 1872. There were celebrations in the Macsween camp who picked up both the ‘Meat’ award and ‘Product of the Year’ for their limited edition haggis. And ‘Small Business of the Year’ went to Spencerfield Spirits, home to Edinburgh gin and their new blended malt, The Feathery.
Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, James Withers, said:
“We are thrilled to celebrate the standout successes of the Scottish food and drink industry with a record number of attendees at this year’s Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards. The awards recognise our best food and drink products and businesses and each of our finalists merit the commendation. There is a food and drink revolution happening in Scotland, driving record sales at home and overseas. Tonight celebrates the talent that is driving that and which is cementing Scotland’s place in the culinary world.
“I would encourage all finalists and winners to make the most of this recognition and to shout about their strengths. The awards take place during a massive year for Scotland and as the nation enjoys the limelight we will reinforce Scotland’s justified reputation as a Land of Food and Drink.”
There was a definite buzz in the air and we managed to tweet all the winners as and when they happened….Mrs M’s fingers were on fire she was typing that fast 😉 Got a few pics too but none of her dressed up to the nine’s, pity, she looked a treat! For more info on the awards click HERE.
We’ll see you next week for Monkfish Monday, got some great bits n bobs lined up including more coffee geekery. Catch you then x