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The Real Taste of New Zealands' Food Producers

Media Release 3 July 2012
The Real Taste of New Zealands' Food Producers

The 2012 Taste Farmers' Markets awards announced the winner of the Farmers Market of the year in true localvore style, celebrating with regional and seasonal food and Yealands Estate Wines in the "Oscar's of food awards". Feilding Farmers Market which operates on a Friday morning in the centre of their vibrant and hustling town centre, secured the personal vote of the Prime Minister, John Key, and thousands of other localvore's to claim the outright win over 34 other Farmers' Markets from Invercargill to Bay of Islands, who were vying for the Farmers Market of the Year Award.

Judges Jonny Schwass, Nadia Lim and Julie Biuso have chosen the best tasting products from farmhouse meats, artisan smallgoods, crisp vegetables and fruits and tempting sweetreat's that truly define the success and growth of Farmers' Markets in the past decade. These category winners included

Farmers Market of the Year 2012 – Feilding Farmers’ Market
Market Manager of the Year – Barb Warren – Ohaka Farmers’ Market
Farmers Market Region of the Year – Northland – Kerikeri & Paihia Farmers’ Markets
Freshest Producer from the Water winner - Salmon Man - Hobsonville Point, Grey Lynn, Cambridge and Hamilton Farmers' Markets
Best Food producer from the Kitchen Bench winner - Relish The Thought - City Farmers Market at Britomart
Tastiest Food producer from the Butchery (winner best value added product) - Franks Sausages - Tauranga Farmers' Market
Tastiest Food Producer from the Butchery (winner best raw product) - Cheviot Hills, Waipara Valley Farmers' Market
Highly commended from the Butchery (value added product) - Otello's, Parnell Farmers' Market
Highly Commended from the Butchery ( raw product) - Euro Deli Meats / Cressy Farm Christchurch, Oxford Farmers' Market
Highly Commended from the Butchery (raw product) - From the Farm Gate - Parnell & Hobsonville Farmers’ Markets
Freshest Food producer from the Paddock Winner (Organic) - Organically grown in Hope - Nelson Farmers' Market
Freshest Food producer from the Paddock winner - Pahoia Fresh Produce - Tauranga Farmers' Market
High Commended from the Paddock - Thanks Shallot, Stephen's Onions & Shallots - Marlborough Farmers' Market
High Commended from the Paddock - Convoy Lane Gardens and Orchard - Parnell Farmers' Market
Highly Commended from the Kitchen Bench - Paris Berlin, French-German Organic Bakery - Grey Lynn Farmers' Market
Highly Commended from the Kitchen Bench - Sweetree Honey - Hamilton Farmers Market
Highly Commended from the Kitchen Bench - Due North Foods - Kerikeri Farmers' Market
Highly commended from the Kitchen Bench - Naaz Curry Paste - Hobsonville Farmers' Market
Farmers Markets NZ Chairperson Chris Fortune says that "as a community 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 our Country

Farmers Markets NZ Conference 2012
“ FEEDING OUR COMMUNITIES “
2ND & 3RD July 2012, Parnell Farmers' Market
Catherine Bell - Garden to Table Trust Chairperson
will present a key note address at the 2012 Conference. She is a New Zealand based cook and food writer.In 2004 she co-founded leading food magazine Dish. These days, Aside from freelance food and culinary travel writing, she... read more

Julie Collins - The MPI Director of Policy
will present a Food Bill overview and what you did not know about the Food Bill at the 2012 Conference. Green MP Steffan Browing will also join the discussion group as we discuss changes that will affect us all

Passionate about real food and life - Nadia Lim
Twenty-year old Nadia Lim is the winner of Masterchef NZ 2011 and will be presenting at the 2012 Conference in Parnell. She has published a cookbook called Nadia’s Kitchen that borrows from her Masterchef experience as well... read more


Helping you to build a better Business
Chris Elphick is our conference speaker and is a Wellington based trainer, facilitator and mentor. He works with small businesses throughout the Pacific as well as horticulture and viticulture sectors in NZ. When living in...read more

FMNZ Conference speaker Lynda Hallinan...
is editor-at-large of NZ Gardener magazine. A writer, broadcaster, amateur home-brewer, pickler, preserver, part-time farmer, occasional farmers' market stallholder and mad-keen gardener, she has spent the past five years... read more

Who are we ?
Farmers’ Markets New Zealand (FMNZ) is a membership organisation
representing fresh food markets selling direct to the consumer.

Our Mission Statement is to:

"Support and promote the development of Farmers' Markets in New Zealand"


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Taste Farmers' Market Awards 1st July 2012 - Auckland- Click here

Farmers Markets NZ Conference 2 & rd July 2012 - Auckland - Click here


www.marlboroughfarmersmarket.co.nz (Marlborough Farmers' Market
www.farmersmarkets.org.nz (Farmers' Markets NZ)
www.tastefarmersmarkets.org.nz (Taste Awards FMNZ)
www.outstandingintheirfields.org.nz (Farmers' Market Cooking Videos)

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