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Edinburgh restaurant clinches top Food Tourism accolade

Cannonball Restaurant & Bar on Edinburgh’s Castlehill has won the top ‘Food Tourism’ accolade at the Catering in Scotland (CIS) Excellence Awards 2019.

The CIS awards, which took place at the Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central, were launched in 2004 to recognise, reward and celebrate the exceptionally high degrees of creativity, innovation and excellence in the Scottish hospitality, catering and tourism sectors.

The CIS Food Tourism award, which is sponsored by co-sponsored by Seafood Scotland, aims to celebrate the value of the food tourism sector in line with the Food Tourism Scotland action plan.

Owned and operated by Edinburgh’s Victor and Carina Contini, Cannonball’s mission continues to be creating a real destination Scottish restaurant that serves the best Scottish food.

In partnership with the owners of the Cannonball House building, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Cannonball creates outstanding dining experiences for over 1,800 global visitors to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo every August, as part of its Tattoo experience dining package.

In the past year alone, Cannonball has hosted over 10,000 international visitors as part of 385 separate special events, including partnerships with VisitScotland, Marketing Edinburgh, VisitBritain, United Airlines, Air France, USA, Canada, Asia and the European Union.

The restaurant is part of the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) ‘China Ready’ group, which specifically targets and welcomes new Chinese visitors to the Scottish capital.

For the first time in 2018, Cannonball was also an official Edinburgh Fringe venue in partnership with Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Victor and Carina Contini run one of the few remaining independent family businesses that have benefitted from a century of experience running successful food destinations and restaurants in Scotland.

In 2019, the family is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its arrival in Edinburgh from Lazio in Italy.

Earlier this year, Carina was selected to represent Scotland at the Great British Family Business conference in London, where she championed independent, family-run restaurants in front of a UK-wide audience of over 200 industry professionals.