Two of Kangaroo Island’s newest and unique businesses have been awarded for their creativity and passion at the 2018 Kangaroo Island Food, Wine and Tourism Awards.
At a gala dinner for 100 people at the Dudley Wines Cellar Door function centre in Penneshaw on Friday night, June 15, Wandering Souls Australia and Table 88 were awarded for best in their category.
Wandering Souls is a unique product for Kangaroo Island and was awarded the New Tourism Business award for their “glamping” tent-style accommodation which can be set up in various scenic locations around the Island.
Judges were particularly impressed by the marketing and online presence of the new business, established in January this year by Alec Hall.
Table 88 meanwhile is a new tapas-style restaurant, which takes advantage of its picturesque North Coast location.
Judges awarded the Unique Kangaroo Island Dining Experience to Table 88, highlight the passion and creativity of the young owners - Stacee Duka and Caleb Pratt.
Value-Added Product was awarded to one of Kangaroo Island’s most recognised products – Kangaroo Island Free-Range Eggs.
“No salt and pepper required” was the accolade from the judges who said the eggs were a flavour-filled, premium product and the business was well-situated to meet its growing market demand.
One of Kangaroo Island’s best-known tourism ambassadors – Craig Wickham – was awarded Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.
His successful business with wife Janet – Exceptional Kangaroo Island - was just the start of his contribution to the success of Kangaroo Island as a destination.
Craig spends considerable time “pounding the pavement” in North America, promoting Kangaroo Island and many other businesses besides his own. He has done this all while also contributing to the community and civic life of Kangaroo Island in his many volunteer roles.
Young co-owner of Emu Bay Lavender – Eliza Sheridan – was awarded Rising Star for her commitment and passion for the tourism and hospitality sectors, and will spend a week at Southern Ocean Lodge as part of her award.
False Cape’s 2015 The Captain Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded Kangaroo Island Wine of the Year from a large field of diverse wines with judges noting its elegant structure and ability to age graceful over the next 10 to 12 years.
Winners from last year who impressed judges again and backed up their awards from 2017 were Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge – Kangaroo Island Dining; Dudley Wines Cellar Door – Cellar Door; Emu Ridge Eucalyptus – Farm Gate Experience; Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari - Nature-based Tourism Experience.
KI Food and Wine Experience Awards:
Kangaroo Island Dining
Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge
Farm Gate Experience
Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery
Cellar Door Experience
Dudley Wines Cellar Door
Unique Food and Beverage Experience
New Tourism Business
Wandering Souls Australia
Nature-Based Tourism Experience
Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari
Best Value-Added Product
Kangaroo Island Free Range Eggs
Kangaroo Island Rising Star
Kangaroo Island Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
Kangaroo Island Wine of the Year
False Cape 2015 The Captain Cabernet Sauvignon