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2019 Food & Drinks Awards Categories

The Mid & East Lothian Food & Drink Awards 2019 is now open for nominations. Traditionally held as 2 separate events in East Lothian & Midlothian, the Awards have recognised the success of the region’s food and drink industry for a number of years by highlighting innovation and business excellence in the sector.

Delivered in partnership with East Lothian:Scotland's Food & Drink County and Midlothian Council, the Mid & East Lothian Chamber of Commerce is delighted to be given the opportunity to host this now joint Midlothian & East Lothian Food & Drinks Awards for the first time.

Open to food and drink businesses in East Lothian and Midlothian area, it is the only awards event created to support and boost local producers and suppliers, chefs, restaurants, pubs and hoteliers, and people who care about the countryside and the future of our local environment. *The awards are now closed for entry. Finalists will be announced soon!

Main Entry Criteria:

    • All entrants must come from within Midlothian & East Lothian

    • Judges are especially looking for the use of locally or regionally sourced produce; imaginative, creative dishes using seasonal produce; food quality and presentation; hospitality and service efficiency; cleanliness; facilities, decor and ambience among other criteria

    • Judges will also be looking for evidence of good environmental practices

Awards Categories:

Best Eatery in a Visitor Attraction (sponsored by RBS)

Judges of this category will be looking for a café / eatery located in garden centres, museums, farm affiliated venues or other visitor attractions that really meet the needs of its customers. Does it demonstrate attention to details both in terms of its food offering, atmosphere, information and variety of menu? 

Restaurant / Bistro of the Year (sponsored by Midlothian Council)

The restaurant of the year will offer a fabulous dining experience, everything from ambience to service and most importantly, the food. Are ingredients locally sourced? Is the drinks list local as well as international? Service should be of an extremely high standard and staff will be judged on their knowledge of the menu and wine to complement the dishes. 

Café / Tea Room of the Year 

The establishment must serve a range of teas and coffees. Judges will be looking for a selection of bites to eat, cakes as well as a welcoming, comfortable and relaxing environment. 

Pub of the Year

It is awarded to an establishment that offers consistency and excellence. The panel will judge on staff knowledge and service, the overall feel and facilities, as well as use of local breweries. The panel will also be looking for good atmosphere and a friendly welcome. 

Excellence in Customer Service (sponsored by the HR Dept)

Judges will be looking for an outstanding level of customer service throughout with evidence of continuous staff training and customer feedback processes. 

Local Producer of the Year (sponsored by Shawfair Park)

This award recognises local producers whose passion for Midlothian / East Lothian produce is at the heart of their business. It’s open to all producers who demonstrate a real passion for our food and drink. 

Most Innovative New Product (sponsored by CATAX)

This is awarded to a food / drink producer who can demonstrate a high level of innovation and how this has had a positive impact on their business. Judges will be looking at new flavours, new concepts, all the way to clever packaging and successes in environmental responsibility.  

Takeaway of the Year (sponsored by Costco)

It is awarded to an establishment who can demonstrate best quality food combine with a fast, efficient and reliable service as well as value for money. 

Commitment to Developing Young Talent (sponsored by DYW) 

It is awarded to a young pupil / student who is currently working with a food / drink business and who can demonstrate great skill in their chosen sector of the food and drink industry.

Who can enter?

• Food and drink manufacturers

• Retailers, producers, growers, hospitality, restaurateurs

How to enter?

              • Visit our website and find a category to enter see above - Awards Categories

              • Make sure you read the above Main Criteria

              • Download the F&D Awards Form and submit your application for free by email to dita@thebusinesspartnership.org.uk  by 12 Noon on Wednesday 6th February 2019 

              • After uploading your entry, you should receive an email receipt of your  submission

              • Judging process will commence from Early February 2019

              • The shortlist will be announced mid-February. We will send you an email first before we make the shortlist public.

              • The judging visits will be made over a four-week period and will be unannounced. 

              • We will send out a press release, post on social media, and feature it in the MELCC e-newsletter and website.

              • Winners will be announced at the Food & Drink Awards Ceremony and Dinner on 27th March 2019 at Eskmills Venue, Musselburgh

              • Finalists are entitled for 1 free place each at the awards dinner.  Extra tickets can be purchased at £45 plus VAT pp 


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