Award Winners celebrate the real flavors of NZ

Published: Tue 30 Jul 2013 12:53 PM
Taste Farmers' Markets Award Winners celebrate the real flavors of NZ
This growing popularity of Farmers’ Markets is something being seen worldwide and for a host of reasons. The awareness of what’s in our food and growing demand for regional, unadulterated produce, climate concerns and the investment into local communities and resources, sustainable agriculture and community hubs are just a few of the influences causing Farmers’ Markets to flourish in New Zealand.
Farmers’ Markets New Zealand (FMNZ) celebrated the real heroes and champions of regional food production at the 2013 Taste Farmers Markets Awards. Localvore Chef Judge Jonny Schwass said “The produce we tasted was fresh, crisp, alive and nourishing. The vegetables, preserves, meats and cheeses are the real produce of Aotearoa” As a Chef and now father, his cooking is about the beauty of well-chosen ingredients and simply prepared food. For Jonny food is the only thing that enlightens all senses. He believes food elevates our mood. It makes us better people. Food is more than energy, food is life.
Winners of Categories for Taste Farmers’ Markets NZ 2013 Awards
Farmers’ Market of the Year Award 2013 as voted by Consumers
Feilding Farmers Market - The second year in a row that this iconic Market held in the middle of town has united its localvores to outvote all other regions and you can taste the real flavor of Feilding by simply visiting their Farmers Market on a Friday Morning
Creamiest Food producer from the Dairy
Neudorf Dairy – Nelson Farmers Market - A outstanding selection of some of the best Dairy products in NZ, would put any European cheese's to the test
Tastiest Food producer form the Paddock
Braemar Orchard Avocados – Gisborne Farmers Market - The butterist, smoothest and tastiest Avocados where you can taste the Gisborne Sunshine in them. If I could only eat one more Avocado in the world then it would be from Lance Hibbert at Braemar Orchard in Gisborne.
Freshest Food producer from the Water
Stewart Island Smoked Salmon Ltd - Outstanding Quality Salmon that is simply cured and smoked over Manuka, this is just as good as what grand dad used to do, but better. You can taste the freshness of the region not only in the salmon but also in the smiles on the people who are involved in value adding to it
Best Food producer from the Kitchen Bench
Two Feijoas Gourmet Kitchen – Hobsonville Farmers Market - This is NZ in a jar, people will be running to the breakfast table to taste this, Feijoas have never had it so good ! Excellent packaging and matched with a balanced sweet and sour of ingredients that make them the envy of grandmas breakfast table setting.
Tastiest Food producer from the Butchery
Basecamp – Tauranga - NZ Butchery at its finest, these Salamis are simply a reflection of the Kaimai Region and New Zealand, great tasting wild meats handled with care to produce the world’s best Salamis and Smallgoods. Wild Venison and Manuka Wood Smoke mixed with respect and a dash of Kaimai make the Salami taste so good
Regional Farmers’ Market of New Zealand 2013
Awarded to the region of NZ who celebrates Farmers Markets and makes a real difference
LOWER NORTH ISLAND - Whanganui Farmers Market
Farmers Markets NZ Chairperson Chris Fortune says that "the 2013 Taste Farmers Markets Awards are a celebration of what we can find in regional New Zealand and our winners and highly commended are the cream of the crop, we need to remember that when we are sitting at our dinner tables we should be talking, communicating, networking, socialising, arguing and laughing with each other, but most of all support our local food producers by using locally made, seasonal produce that highlights the real taste of New Zealand”
Highly Commended from the Paddock
Tauranga Farmers Market - Paul's Tomatoes
Ohoka, Lyttelton, Mt Pleasant, Christchurch, Amberley, Oxford and Opawa Farmers Market – Grown
Tauranga Farmers Market - Kaimai Lettuce
Tauranga Farmers Market - Kandu organics
Highly Commended from the Kitchen Bench
Christchurch Farmers Market and Opawa Farmers Market - Bellbird Baked Goods
Gisborne Farmers Market - Hill Road Orchard
Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market - Te Atatu Toasted Ltd
Hobsonville Farmers Market - Some Like It Hot
Hobsonville and Grey Lynn Farmers Market - Relish The Thought
Cromwell Farmers Market - Gertz Larder & Catering
Hamilton Farmers Market - Sweetree Honey
Highly Commended from the Butchery
Christchurch Farmers Market - Westwood Free Range Chicken
Gisborne Farmers Market - The Gisborne Deli
Parnell and Hobsonville Farmers Market - Farm Gate Produce
Highly Commended from the Dairy
Wanganui Farmers Market - Lonely Goat Cheese
Gisborne Farmers Market - Waimata Cheese
Innovation from the Kitchen Bench
Lyttelton Farmers Market - Roots

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