New look North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards

The North East Scotlabd Food & Drink Awards

Practical support for businesses from The North East Scotlabd Food & Drink Awards

The North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards, delivered by Opportunity North East (ONE) in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, has a new-look offering practical benefits to entrants and winners, to support the next generation of food and drink manufacturers and producers with a range of market development opportunities.

Industry-leading judges from across the UK – including from Waitrose & Partners, Naked Wines and SPAR – will provide feedback on entries.

The North East Scotlabd Food & Drink Awards

New category prizes will provide practical growth support, including use of the new product development kitchen at ONE SeedPod.

Shortlisted and winning entries will benefit from enhanced profiles with industry buyers, influencers, and consumers, and products entered will also feature at the gala awards dinner in May – the region’s premier industry event.

ESS Compass Group is the title sponsor for the awards, and SPAR/CJ Lang, Strachans, Serco North Link Ferries, CMS and Scotland Food & Drink support the awards.

The awards are free to enter for Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray-based businesses. This year’s categories include the best new food and drink products through to the most innovative company, rising star and team of the year.

How to enter The North East Scotland Food & Drink Awards

Businesses should enter the 2024 awards via the website.

The closing date for entries is 8 March 2024, and winners will be announced at the awards dinner on 9th May 2024 at Meldrum House Country Hotel, Oldmeldrum.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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