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Voting Open to Taste NZers’ favourite Farmers’ Market

Voting open to Taste New Zealanders’ favourite Farmers’ Market.
4 April 2012

The annual Taste Farmers’ Markets Awards have officially begun to Taste the nation’s best independent Farmers' Market food producers and let localvore's vote for the Farmers' Markets that have turned the weekly shop into thriving community events. One lucky voter will also be jetting off to Melbourne for their own private tour of Victoria’s Authentic Farmers’ Markets over a mouthwatering long weekend.

Farmers' Market food producers will also compete in their categories (kitchen bench, water, butchery, paddock and dairy), judged by Masterchef Nadia Lim and Jonny Schwass, recently named Restaurant Personality of the Year. Last year Canterbury stole the show, winning four out of the five categories and Otago Farmers' Market won the consumers local votes. Schwass, a Canterbury localvore at heart, felt the real importance of supporting local producers after the Christchurch earthquakes: “It supports the small farmers and gives them and their families a future. Ultimately it just tastes better to cook with food sourced as close to the stove as possible.”

The Taste Farmers' Markets awards is proudly supported by Taste Magazine and Marketground Websites

To vote and be entered into the draw, or to nominate your favourite Farmer’s Market stallholder, visit


Best Food producer from the Kitchen Bench
Food produced from the Kitchen Bench, preserves, pickles, jams, relish's, breads, cakes and puddings etc.

Freshest Producer from the Water
NZ food produced from any product from the sea, rivers, lakes and ocean.

Tastiest Food producer from the Butchery
NZ's best animal product, bacon, smallgoods, primecuts and butchery.

Freshest Food producer from the Paddock
For the best fresh produce product from the field, carrots, onions, garlic, lettuces, fruit and vegetables etc etc

Creamiest Food producer from the Dairy
To the producer who sells at Farmers markets any product from the Dairy, cheese, curd, etc

Farmer's Market Photo or Video
Do you have the best photo or video at a Farmers' Market of local producer or local producers ?

NZ food producers who sell at local Farmers' Markets can register online at

Category Winners 2011

Best food producer from the Kitchen Bench:Rowandale Homestead, Canterbury CLICK HERE
Tastiest food producer in the Paddock: Grown, Canterbury CLICK HERE
Tastiest food producer on the Paddock: Cressy Farm, Canterbury CLICK HERE
Freshest producer from the Sea: Moko Freshwater Eel, Canterbury CLICK HERE
Tastiest food producer from the dairy:Kingsmeade cheeses, Wairarapa CLICK HERE

Highly Commended 2011

From the Kitchen Bench: Cheviot Hills, CanterburyCLICK HERE
In the Paddock: Pinoli Pinenuts, MarlboroughCLICK HERE
On the Paddock: Havoc Pork, Otago CLICK HERE
From the Sea: Bay Quality Fish Smokers, TaurangaCLICK HERE
From the dairy: Wangapeka cheeses, NelsonCLICK HERE

For More information on the Farmers' Markets NZ Association
For more information on the Taste Farmers Markets Awards


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