September 15, 2008

Top Foodies Wanted for New Awards


THE hunt is on for Taranaki's top foodies who are likely to regularly ply their wares at the region's farmers' markets.

The inaugural Cuisine magazine Artisan Awards 2009 is seeking the country's best artisan food and beverage producers.

An artisan producer is essentially someone who makes handmade or individually crafted products, generally on a small scale and often according to traditional practices.

It's those artisan producers who are defining the country's flourishing food and farmers' market culture.

Cuisine deputy editor Fiona Smith said skilled artisans around the country are producing breads, oils, chutney, jam, wine, beer and more.

"We felt it was high time that these talented artisans and the fruits of their labour were recognised," said Ms Smith.

"The rise and rise of farmers' markets and the immense popularity that they have experienced have given artisan food producers an avenue to sell directly to customers and given people access to excellent locally produced food."

Nominated artisans must be pro- ducing food or beverage products on a small scale with an annual turnover of less than $5 million to the end of June 2008. Categories for the awards include dairy, preserves and condiments, oils, honey, mustards, seafood, meat, baked goods, chocolates, drinks, fruit juices and boutique beer.

To nominate a Taranaki artisan e-mail [email protected] by November 30. The nominees and 10 winners, including a supreme winner, will be announced in the March 2009 issue of Cuisine.

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