Venison makes it to the top table

Hopetoun's deer herd provides top quality venison
Hopetoun's deer herd provides top quality venison

Hopetoun Farm Shop is amongst an elite group of businesses shortlisted for the prestigious Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards.

The already award winning Farm Shop has been shortlisted in the Meat category for its Hopetoun Estate venison, and was among a record 163 businesses that submitted 239 entries to 19 award 
categories, which recognise excellence across the Scottish food and drink industry.

The Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards promise to be the food-lovers’ event of the year and will take place on May 27 at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland.

Speaking as he received the good news about their shortlist success, Hopetoun Farm Shop general manager, Marc Cherrie, said: “We are 
delighted to have been 
nominated in what will be an extremely competitive 

‘‘It is testament to our 
Hopetoun Estate game-
keepers and Hopetoun Farm Shop butchery team who 
ensure the provenance and quality of our venison.

“With generations of 
expertise rearing the finest quality meat, game and poultry, we are thrilled customers are enjoying what we have 
created. Food is our passion.’’

Broadcaster Kaye Adams will host the sell-out awards ceremony in May.

Dubbed the Scottish food and drink ‘Oscars’, the ceremony sold out in record time and will be bigger than ever before with more than 800 guests attending on the night.

Attendees will be treated to a drinks reception and delicious dinner, showcasing the very best of Scotland’s larder.

The awards are organised by Scotland Food and Drink in partnership with The 
Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.

The title sponsor is Asda and the awards are supported by Think Local.

A spokesman for the awards said: “The Excellence Awards recognise the incredible quality that Scotland’s food and drink industry has to 
offer, the outstanding achievements of individuals and 
businesses as well as the high standard of our products and the level of innovation we’re seeing across the sector.

‘‘The shortlist recognises big businesses to smaller, 
artisan producers ranging from new to long established.

‘‘Our expert judges have remarked on the impressive quality of products and the high standard of entries.’’