Kangaroo Island Food, Wine and Tourism Awards Announced

Kangaroo Island’s outstanding products and experiences were showcased last night at the annual Food, Wine and Tourism Awards at Dudley Cellar Door.

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Kangaroo Island’s outstanding products and experiences were showcased last night 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, which was 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 key 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 the Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Awards last year, it is with great satisfaction we have now included specific tourism awards, recognising 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 KI. The Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, Wendy Campana who jointly judged the award for ‘Business Development’ stated “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.

“Kangaroo Island’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,” Wendy Campana said.

For the first time this year, the Outstanding Contribution by an Individual category was awarded.  The award was presented to joint winners Pierre Gregor for Tourism and Augie Boettcher for Food and Wine.  Read about Augie Boettcher here.

Kangaroo Island Dining
Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge – American River

Farm Gate Experience
Emu Ridge Eucalyptus – MacGillivray

Cellar Door Experience
Dudley Wines Cellar Door – Penneshaw

Unique Food & Beverage Experience
Hannaford & Sachs – Snellings Beach

Business Development
Dudley Wines Cellar Door – Penneshaw
Kangaroo Island Distillery – Cygnet River

Nature-Based Tourism Experience
Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari – Penneshaw

Best Value-Added Product
Kangaroo Island Shellfish – American River Snaptop Oysters

KI Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
Pierre Gregor
William August Boettcher (Augie)

Kangaroo Island Wine of the Year
Kangaroo Island Trading Co. – 2015 Shiraz

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