The fledgling Loomshed Hebridean Brewery in Tarbert has won respect across the north of Scotland.

Head brewer Calum Bennett was voted Young Ambassador of the Year at the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards which took place on Friday evening (Novermber 15th) at a glittering ceremony at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness.

Business and organisations came together to celebrate the success of food and drink in the Highlands and Islands.

A list of the winners and finalists can be seen at the link below.

The awards are supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Elaine Jamieson, Head of Food and Drink at HIE said: “HIE are delighted to again support the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards.

“The region has much to be proud of when it comes to food and drink. It is no surprise that we have an enviable reputation associated to provenance, people, place and culture.

“I encourage every food and drink business in the Highlands and Islands to consider entering.

“The awards are a tool in the business toolbox – participation creates an opportunity for free marketing and can improve brand awareness, whilst an award is a sign of quality that creates a point of difference which sends out positive signals to customers and opens new doors.”

YOUNG AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Brook Street)

Calum Bennett, Loomshed Hebridean Brewery - WINNER

Jodie Grierson, Associated Seafoods Ltd   

Bailey Hallas, Sligachan Hotel          

Ewelina Laguniak, Nessgro - HIGHLY COMMENDED

EXPORT AWARD (sponsored by XPO Logistics)

Dornoch Distillery Company (SME) - WINNER

Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd

Scottish Salmon Company (LARGE) - WINNER

FOOD AND DRINK BUSINESS GROWTH AWARD (sponsored by Johnston Carmichael)

Scottish Salmon Company - WINNER

The Island Smokery

Williamson Foodservice - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Sligachan Hotel were also finalists in the 'Best Eatery' category.