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Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards

Back for 2022

Call for Entries | Deadline 31May 2022

Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards

Back for 2022

14 Categories to enter

Deadline 31st May

Start your entry now

After a two year hiatus, the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards will be held for the 17th time in 2022.

The Awards showcase and celebrate excellence and achievements in the food and drink industry in the region - from world-renowned businesses to small innovative producers.

Now a firm favourite in the industry calendar, we are so pleased to be able to return to the pre-covid format of hosting the awards in person later this year on Friday 28 October at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness.

The Awards are developed and driven by a Steering Group – currently

Marian Armitage

Shetland Food & Drink

Douglas Hardie

Bad Girl Bakery

Sam Faircliff

Cairngorm Brewery

John Scott

Fearn Farm

The group is supported by Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Lux Events.

We have refreshed the categories this year to include:

2022 Categories

Best Drink: Brewed // Distilled // Whisky

The judges will be looking for a business, big or small, that can demonstrate success in the alcoholic market; a commitment to locally sourced products where possible; robust processes and research that led to the product(s) being created in the first place; a sound marketing strategy for sustainability.

Best Food: Retail

This award is for the best retail product (food and non-alcoholic drinks) launched between 1 January 2020 and 31 January 2022. Excludes brewed and distilled products.

Best Food: Foodservice

This award is for the best foodservice product launched between 1 January 2020 and 31 January 2022. Excludes products that are brewed/distilled.

Independent Retailer of the Year

This category is open to all food and drink retailers within the region, both those with a shop front, those solely trading online and those who do both. Examples include farm shops, delis, fruit farms, butchers, corner shops.

Primary Producer Award

This award is open to all primary producers who have developed a food or drink product from farm to fork.

Sustainability Award


This award will recognise businesses or organisations who have taken their environmental, social and financial responsibilities to the next level -showcasing best practice in the production and distribution of food and drink products or services.

Best Eatery


This award has been created specifically to include those eateries, e.g. a café, bistro, deli, pub, takeaway or visitor attraction serving food, etc, who deserve to be recognised but not against those who class themselves solely as ‘restaurants’.

Restaurant of the Year


This award is given to the restaurant that can demonstrate the most innovative and consistent use of produce from food or drink suppliers in the region, great tasting food, outstanding service levels and a pleasant environment.

Best Food & Drink Tourism Experience

*NEW FOR 2022*

This award will recognise the best food or drink tourism experience in the region. The successful business will demonstrate excellence in customer engagement, attracting visitors from both the Highlands and Islands and further afield.

Supply Chain Business Award

 *NEW FOR 2022*

This new award is open to any business who is operating in any part of the Highlands and Islands food and drink supply chain. Food supply chain businesses include those in food and drink preparation, processing, manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, wholesaling and retailing.

Young Ambassador of the Year


This award recognises a young person’s outstanding contribution and achievement in the Highlands and Islands food and drink sector, celebrating their commitment, passion and work to develop the industry in the region, their outstanding qualities and potential.

Ambassador of the Year


This special award recognises the outstanding contribution in the Highlands & Islands food and drink industry, be they male or female, young or old. The award celebrates and pays tribute to the hard work, commitment, dedication, passion and innovation demonstrated within the sector.

What next…

If you're considering entering your business in this year’s Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards here are just some of the reasons why we think you shouldn’t put it off any longer.


We have sponsorship opportunities available from title and category sponsorship to host and entertainment support. Please contact us to find out more.

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Entry Deadline 31st May

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