East Antrim contenders as Best Scone NI Competition receives almost 15,000 votes
The Dairy Council for Northern Ireland is celebrating the success of its Best Scones NI competition, which received almost 15,000 public votes for 107 local businesses across the hospitality sector in Northern Ireland.
The finalists include a number of East Antrim contenders, including [email protected], Carrickfergus in the Best Café category; The Dairy, Gleno in the Best Restaurant category, and Dobbins Inn, Carrickfergus in the Best Hotel category.
The search to find the best scones in cafes, hotels and restaurants across Northern Ireland was launched by the Dairy Council in August as part of a campaign to support local hospitality businesses across Northern Ireland who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following the vote of the general public, it is now down to the judges to make their final decision on who they think is worthy of the £1,000 hospitality voucher prize and the title, Northern Ireland’s Best Scone 2021.
The judging panel includes local celebrity chef, Paula McIntyre, food education consultant, Glynis Henderson and Dairy Council NI representative, Valerie Rossborough.
The three strong panel will visit the 15 café, hotel and restaurant finalists across Northern Ireland in the bid to find the Best Scone in NI.
Paula McIntyre, who recently debuted her new BBC one show Hamley Kitchen focusing on local produce, comments: “It is fantastic to see such huge engagement from the general public of Northern Ireland for this competition. Each and every one of our entries this year were of an incredibly high standard. I look forward to visiting and tasting great produce from our top fifteen hospitality businesses”.
The finalists are: Café Vic-Ryn, Ciara’s Home Bakes, Espresso at Etc, Patricia’s Coffee House, The Cottage Coffee Shop, Adair Arms Hotel, Dobbins Inn Hotel, Leona’s Tea Room at Magherabuoy House, Oranmore House, The Conservatory – Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, Harrisons of Greyabbey, Logans Restaurant and Café, Restaurant Sorrento, The Dairy and the Millwheel Restaurant.
The winners will be announced on October 18 in the Merchant Hotel, Belfast.
To find out more information about the competition, visit www.bestsconesni.com