Kangaroo Island’s outstanding products and experiences were showcased on Friday June 16 at the annual Food, Wine and Tourism Awards at Dudley Cellar Door.
Guests enjoyed an exquisite menu prepared by Chef Marion Trethewey of St Austell Farm, featuring authentic local produce, accompanied by a wide range of local beer, wine, and spirits.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and the Minister for Tourism, The Hon. Leon Bignell MP was the keynote speaker on the night.
“Kangaroo Island offers some of Australia’s best culinary tourism experiences, and these awards recognise and celebrate everyone who works in the food, beverage and tourism sectors on Kangaroo Island,” Minister Bignell said.
The awards were jointly hosted this year by the Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Association (KIFWA) and Tourism Kangaroo Island (TKI).
In a joint statement, KIFWA Chairman, Tony Nolan, and TKI Chairman, Pierre Gregor, said, “After the tremendous success of the relaunch of these awards last year, it is with great satisfaction we have now included specific tourism awards.
“These recognise how closely related these two sectors are, in the minds of our consumers and also business on Kangaroo Island.”
The winners were chosen from a number of finalists who all demonstrated a commitment to providing high standard of food, beverage and tourism products and experiences on Kangaroo Island.
The Commissioner for KI, Wendy Campana who jointly judged the award for Business Development said, “The bar has been set extremely high this year with businesses, across each of the categories, living up to KI’s reputation for providing premium and authentic culinary and tourism experiences.
“KI’s visitation continues to grow and these awards celebrate the diverse and authentic offerings that KI businesses provide, which continue to attract visitors from across the world.”
For the first time this year, the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual category, sponsored by The Islander, was awarded.
The award was presented by The Islander’s Senior Journalist, Sue Rawkins, to joint winners Pierre Gregor for Tourism, who was on holiday so the award was received by Peter Wyatt, and to Augie Boettcher for Food and Wine, the award received by niece, Judy Boettcher.
Kangaroo Island Dining: Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge.
Farm Gate Experience: Emu Ridge Eucalyptus.
Cellar Door Experience: Dudley Wines Cellar Door.
Unique Food and Beverage Experience: Hannaford & Sachs.
Business Development: Dudley Wines Cellar Door, KI Distillery.
Nature-based Tourism Experience: KI Ocean Safari.
Best Value-added Product: KI Shellfish – American River Snaptop Oysters.
KI Outstanding Contribution by an Individual; Pierre Gregor and William August Boettcher (Augie).
KI Wine of the Year: KI Trading Co – 2015 Shiraz.
Congratulations to all.