The cream of the crop of Scotland’s food and drink industry descended on Edinburgh this week for the return of the Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.

The event, which featured more than a dozen specially chosen categories, saw the top prizes awarded to those businesses and individuals who have helped make a huge success of the country’s food and drink sector.

Kicking off the night, The Scotsman’s editorial director Frank O’Donnell, who was introduced by host Stephen Jardine, gave a rousing speech about how the media must get behind the Food and Drink industry to continue to build on its established success, he said: “Everyone in Scotland must be proud of our food and drink offerings. And Scotland’s media must play a role in that. It’s vital that success is shouted about. That new ideas are nurtured and given exposure.

Scotsman Food and Drink Awards 2018

The Scotsman’s editorial director was keen to point out that there was plenty to smile about when it came to Scotland’s food and drink sector. Picture: Ian Georgeson

“My commitment is that The Scotsman, through our newspaper and through our online offering, including our dedicated food and Drink site, will champion the victories, act as a hub for new ideas, and challenge the sector to go further.

“In short, there are many reasons to be cheerful. And here tonight we have more reasons to whoop, and clap and scream. The @Scotsman Food and Drink Awards are about celebrating the best, honouring excellence and raising the bar.”

The excellent Millie McGinnes provided the soundtrack for the night. Picture: IG

Emma Mykytyn of Foodie Explorers, who took home the Most Dedicated Blogger award said: “We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our blog. It’s a labour of love but we would never have it any other way.

“Our enthusiasm for the food and drink sector has grown since the site started way back in 2007 and we hope to keep supporting the industry for many more years”

While Giovanna Eusebi of Eusebi’s Deli in Glasgow, which took home two awards on the night, added: “It’s a real honour to have won these awards. It’s a true testament to the hard work of our team and the great Scottish and Italian produce that we love so much.

“My Nonnas would be tickled to have seen us receive these awards, having opened the original Shettleston deli over 40 years ago. This one is definitely for them!”

To celebrate the occasion we’ve pulled together a selection of the photos of the winners on the night. Congratulations to everyone involved including all of our finalists.

The Winners

Best Craft Beer:

Winner: Stewart Brewing

Picture: Ian Georgeson

Best Bar and Kitchen:

Winner: Scotch and Rye, Inverness

Picture: Ian Georgeson

Use of Scottish Produce:

Winner: Thule Ventus, Shetland

Picture: Ian Georgeson

Best Scottish Spirit:

Winner: Aelder Elixir

Picture: Ian Georgeson

Best Newcomer:

The Fishmarket, Edinburgh

Picture: Ian Georgeson

Most Dedicated Food Blogger:

Winner: Foodie Explorers

Best Street Food:

Winner: Dockyard Social, Glasgow

Best Dining Experience:

Winner: Eusebi Deli, Glasgow

Best Eco Friendly:

Winner: Hickory Catering Company, Edinburgh

Picture: Ian Georgeson

Best Chef:

Winner: Paul Kitching, Edinburgh

Best Cafe:

Winner: Eusebi Deli, Glasgow

Picture: Ian Georgeson

Best Local Pub:

Winner: The Steam Packet Inn, Dumfries and Galloway

Picture: Ian Georgeson

Hidden Gem:

Winner: Sun Dancer, Nairn

Picture: Ian Georgeson

All of the winners on stage:

Pictures from the event itself:

 

From L-R: Wee Nudge Coaching life coach and blogger Spoonful of Sugar. Picture: IG

Wester Spirit Company, Zander Macgregor and Laura Bell. Picture: IG

The team from the Station Buffet, Elie. Picture: IG

The team from Edinburgh’s Aurora. Picture: IG

 

L-R: Joe Baldwin, Mark Hyson and Jakub Kebisek

The team from Cru Holdings. Picture: IG

Food Pioneer Calum Richardson and Katy Stollery. Picture: IG

Luss Smokehouse’s Kirsty George and Kirstin Marshall. Picture: IG

The Scotsman’s Editorial Director Frank O’Donnell (centre) with our very hard working events team Lauren White (left) and Rebecca Thompson (right)

The team from Provender in Melrose. Picture: IG

More of the team from Cru Holdings. Picture: IG

The team from Pennygate Lodge on the Isle of Mull. Picture: IG

Zack Brotheron of Paul Tamburini, Keith Shearer of MacDonald Hotels and Roy Brett of Ondine

George Lavery and Alistar MacDonald of North Harbour Bistro on the Isle of Scalpay

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things whisky-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink.

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