Moray firms celebrate Great Taste success
COMPANIES from across Moray are celebrating success in the coveted Great Taste food and drink awards.
Across Scotland, 284 awards were made after 75 days of judging by an expert panel.
Moray-based Elchies Estates’ Haunch of Ryeland Mutton, which is slow-reared for 37-50 months before being hung for 14-days, was among those to take the prestigious 3-star award.
The Speyside company was also celebrating a 2-star award for its Speyside Boer Goat Shanks.
El:gin was given a 2-star award for its oak distilled Coirce vodka, while the Elgin company's artisan gin received a 1-star award.
Lossiemouth-based Emma's Fancy Wee Piece won a 1-star award for its Cakes from the Cask, which combines the nutty vanilla and cinnamon spice tones of a Glen Moray Chardonnay cask whisky with cinnamon and apple in a soft cupcake.
A 1-star award went to the Buckie-based Orkney Food Company for its sweet cured herring fillets, while Lossiemouth's Beet This Food Sauce Ltd took a 1-star award for its Beet This Hot Sauce.
Elgin-based Don Miguel UK's Strictly COCO®️ took a 2-star award for its 100% Wild Raw Coconut Oil, while the Huntly-based Rizza's ice cream, which had its first premises in Keith's Mid Street, took a 3-star award for its Luxury Gold Double Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream.
Great Taste, organised by the Guild of Fine Food, values taste above all else, with all products removed from their packaging before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1, 2 or 3-star award.
While producers revel in their success and begin displaying the gold and black Great Taste logo, they will wait to see if they also scoop the top regional award.
These final honours, including the Great Taste 2019 Supreme Champion, will be announced at the Golden Fork Dinner on September 1, to be held at London's InterContinental Park Lane Hotel.