Gordon MacPhail once again sponsors the Highlands Islands Food and Drink Awards

Gordon amp; MacPhail, one of the UK’s leading independent wine, spirit and whisky wholesalers, is once again sponsoring the Highlands amp; Islands Food amp; Drink Awards.

Entries are now being accepted for 12 categories – an earlier start to the process than in previous years – with increased interest anticipated from businesses across the region and organisers hoping to surpass last year’s high number of entries.

Supported once again by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the awards, which this year celebrate their 10th anniversary, recognise and reward businesses across the Highlands and Islands and the Cairngorms National Park area. They also complement the work of the Highlands amp; Islands Food amp; Drink Forum.

Stephen Rankin, director of UK sales at Gordon amp; MacPhail, said: “This event both showcases and rewards all that is good about the best of food and drink in the Highlands and Islands. The awards really help to put the Highlands and Islands on the map as a region renowned for quality produce.”

And Quintin Stevens of the HIFDA committee said organisers were passionate about generating even more interest in the awards across the industry this year: “We’ve specifically brought forward the opening and closing dates for entries this year to give businesses a chance to consider, complete and submit their entry before they get too distracted when the main season gets well and truly under way.

“Throughout the spring we will be actively encouraging producers to enter their products into one or more of the award categories; owners and managers of pubs, restaurants, cafés, shops and delis to enter the restaurant, eatery and/or retail categories; and businesses throughout the industry striving for quality and exceptional standards to claim recognition for their efforts.

“In fact, everyone who believes in the high quality of local and regional food and drink should be involved in these worthy and prestigious awards.”

The shortlisted finalists will be announced in late June, and full details of the awards dinner and ceremony on Friday, October 24 at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness will be announced in due course.

Further information on all the award categories and how to enter can be found at www.hifoodanddrinkawards.com. Entries can be submitted until Wednesday, April 23.

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