MORE than 40 food and drink businesses spanning the Highlands, Islands and Cairngorms National Park have been unveiled as finalists at the Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards.
Judges from across the country gathered at Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness to whittle down the list to 41 finalists.
Drinks producers who made the final list for Best Drink included Dunnet Bay Distillers, Highfern Ltd, Speyside Distillers Co Ltd, The Walled Garden Trading Company Ltd and Tomatin Distillery.
Food businesses who made the cut for Best Eatery included Corner on the Square in Beauly, Harbour Lights in Lossiemouth, Oban Chocolate Company in Oban, The Pier, in Lairg, Sutherland, The Puffer Bar & Restaurant, in Easdale, and the Walled Garden Trading Company, in Fochabers.
Category winners will be unveiled on October 21 at the Kingsmills Hotel.
Elaine Jamieson, head of food and drink at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: “It is great to see a strong field of entries in the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards and we look forward to an evening of showcasing, celebrating and meeting friends old and new on 21st October.”