Artisans triumph at Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards
Charlotte Flower Chocolates, Peelham Farm charcuterie, Isle of Skye Sea Salt Co were among a host of artisan businesses to walk away with Scottish food ‘oscars’
Perthshire’s Charlotte Flower bagged two awards, including the gong for best product at the 2015 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards.
The small Aberfeldy-based chocolatier’s Meadowsweet flavoured single origin chocolate thins were named Product of the Year in a ceremony held at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland on May 27.
Its wild flavoured single origin chocolate thins won the Confectionery & Snacking category.
Peelham Farm’s charcuterie won the Meat trophy while Golspie Mill’s Rustic Bites took the top honour in the Bakery & Cereal Based category and Isle of Skye Sea Salt’s fine grain was named the winner in Soup, Preserves & Accompaniments.
Katy Rodger’s Artisan Dairy’s Knockraich Crowdie and Knockraich Crème Fraiche took both the Dairy and the Foodservice Product of the Year awards.
Siblings Jo and James Macsween of Macsween Haggis were jointly awarded a surprise Outstanding Contribution to Food & Drink accolade on the night while Iain R Spink – famed for his Arbroath Smokies – was named 2015’s Food Hero.
Nineteen awards were handed out at the ceremony, which was hosted by broadcaster Kaye Adams.
A record number of 239 entries were submitted by 116 different businesses for the awards this year and a shortlist of 50 businesses was drawn up before the titles were awarded.
The awards are organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).
Entries for 2016’s Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards will open in January.