Food Forum awards open for entries

Nicola Bradford of Kincardine Castle Kitchen.
Nicola Bradford of Kincardine Castle Kitchen.
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Returning for their 24th year, The Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards, are continuing their search for the best quality products from various producers across Aberdeenshire.

The awards are open until to February 11 to entries from food and drink companies based in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Moray.

For the first time the competition will see the launch of the Youngs Seafood Ltd award for the best young business which is eligible to firms with less than 25 employees and have been running for no more than three years.

Another new category, sponsored by Mackie’s of Scotland in memory of their former colleague, will see the introduction of The Denis Emslie above and beyond award.

Announcing the winners at this year’s event will be Andrew Kenny, Commercial Director of Asda.

Mr Kenny said: “We’ve been working with Scottish producers in collaboration with Grampian Food Forum and we’re looking forward to discovering even more local talent as we grow our offering of over 1000 Scottish lines in our stores.”

Companies planning to take part should advise the organisers by Friday, January 31, which helps determine whether pre-judging of any category is needed. If this is the case, it will take place on Tuesday, March 4, at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa.

Final judging takes place on Thursday, March 20, again at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa followed by the awards presentation dinner later that evening.

A workshop to help entrants will be held on Tuesday, January 21.

Full details including entry forms, presentation dinner booking and the awards workshop can be found at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/foodawards.