A gin created by a Sooke distillery is the toast of the province’s food and beverage industry.
Sheringham Distillery’s Seaside Gin has won the Gold Award for Product of the Year at the annual B.C. Food and Beverage Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars for the sector.
Jason and Alayne MacIsaac have been operating Sheringham in Sooke since 2015. Last year, Seaside Gin won the the Best Contemporary category at the World Gin Awards.
“To receive an award like this is such an honour and I wanted to share my gratitude,” Jason MacIsaac said in a statement. “There is a lot of work that has gone into this project.”
The awards highlight the talent and world-class products created and manufactured in B.C.
Cascadia Seaweed, which last year established a kelp farm off the west coast of Vancouver Island and is planning to make the move from seaweed cultivation to seafood production, won the Innovation Award.
The other winners were:
• Product of the Year Silver — Zesty Cheeze Crackers by Free Yumm, Vancouver
• Product of the Year Bronze — Nut-Free Tigernut Butter by Farafena, Vancouver
• Hall of Fame Inductee — The KB Honey Family, Surrey
• Sustainability Award — Coastal Shellfish, Prince Rupert
• People First, Health, Safety and Cultural Excellence Award — Vitalus Nutrition, Abbotsford
• Export Award — Hardbite Chips, Surrey
• Best in Brand, Marketing Award — Hippie Snacks, Burnaby
• Leadership Award — Christine Coletta, Okanagan Crush Pad, Summerland and Kelowna
• Rising Star Award: Connie Marples, Boosh Food, Surrey
• BCFB Processor Member of the Year Award — Mogiana Coffee, Burnaby
• BCFB Associate Member of the Year Award — Glenmore Custom Print + Packaging, Richmond