Vote in The Skinny Food and Drink Survey

We want your votes once again, as our Food and Drink Survey returns

Feature by Peter Simpson | 05 Sep 2019
  • Food and Drink Survey 2018

Oh God, this again. Yes, it’s that time of year where we get inquisitive about your culinary opinions, and we’re gearing up for our… NINTH? Really?!? That’s… wow. OK, let’s start this again.


Oh God, this again. Yes, for the ninth year in a row, it’s time to ask some food-related questions, inspire a bit of friendly engagement and rivalry, and find out what’s good in the world of food. Except this year, we really only have two questions for you: name your favourite food and drink person, place, or product, then tell us why. 

When we started our Food and Drink Survey, it was a way to create a conversation around the Scottish food scene, talk about the places and people doing exciting things in Scottish food, and to offer something a bit different to what was around at the time. That time, by the way, was the year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Eleven.   

In 2011, people were talking in hushed tones about wild new concepts like ‘food festivals’ and ‘almond milk’. In 2011, Instagram had about a dozen employees, and Twitter showed you all the messages of people you followed in chronological order without recommending that you give the far-right a try. In 2011, some of us were literally children. It was, in so many ways, a different time.

Nowadays, you can’t move for festivals celebrating the nichest of food concepts (someone is putting on a sausage and cider festival that’s travelling around the UK this autumn, and that is a sentence which hurts our heads to have to write down). We’re in an algorithmically-driven world where we’re overloaded with info that’s curated by robots. Almond milk did take off, in a big way.  

But while many things have changed, the aim of this fair survey – to identify exciting and interesting food in Scotland and then talk about it – has not. We want to use your suggestions to dig into the food and drink stories that make the scene in Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond so exciting. For those of you who don’t want to get too in-depth about it and just want a list of good places to go, we will also provide that, but only because we’re nice.

Cast your vote for your foodie favourite in the form below, and let us know what makes them special. Is it the atmosphere of a bar that hasn’t been redecorated in 50 years? Is it the coffee in your favourite cafe that's so strong it could wake a sleeping horse? Is it a brewery that is constantly dragging its own customers on social media? We’ll round up some of your favourites at the turn of the year, and hopefully find out a little bit about what makes them tick. Yep, for the ninth year in a row, it's this again. 

Nominations close on Sunday 20 Oct 
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