September 17, 2008

Top-Notch Nosh Producers Sought

The hunt is on for the country's best local food heroes, and Cuisine magazine wants Nelson Mail readers to send in their picks for the Nelson region.

The new Cuisine Artisan Awards have been set up to acknowledge the best small food and beverage producers creating top notch local fare.

Cuisine deputy food editor Fiona Smith said an artisan producer was someone who made handmade or individually crafted products, usually on a small scale and often according to tradition."We felt it was high time that these talented artisans and the fruits of their labour were recognised.

"You don't need to look to Italy for olive oil and salami, or France for fine mustard any more - these are being produced by skilled craftspeople just down the road with their own distinct Kiwi identity."

Nominees must be producing food or beverage products on a small scale with an annual turnover of less than $5 million to June 30 2008.

Product categories include dairy, preserves and condiments; oils such as olive, avocado or walnut; honey, mustards, seafood, meat, baked goods, speciality chocolates, drinks, fruit juices and boutique beer.

A panel of experts will judge the nominees and 10 winners, including a supreme winner, will be announced in the March issue of Cuisine.

To nominate a favourite Nelson artisan producer send an email naming the company and the specific product/s you think should be entered to [email protected] before November 30.

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