When Kathie and Nicola set out to create the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards, they wanted to ensure they delivered value for food producers all year long. Every entrant receives a judging report with feedback from the incredibly experienced judging panel. Winners are awarded with brand exposure in NZ Life & Leisure magazine and wider media publicity, invited to join the network of award-winning food producers, offered a spot at the Marvellous Marketing workshops, and a seat at our fabulous Winner Dinners.
When reflecting on the 2017 Winner Dinners, Nicola remarked, “I loved the opportunity to meet some of the consumers who buy the best New Zealand produce. It is just the best seeing the thrill people get from eating beautiful food.”
Last year we invited ONZPA winners to speak at the Winner Dinners. We heard incredible stories about scaling home-based business from the Drunken Nanny, Jersey Girl Organics, Aroha Drinks, and Cloudy Bay Clams. It was also a platform upon which producers could voice why consumers pay a premium for locally produced goods.
Some of our 2017 Outstanding NZ Food Producer winners had this to say about their experience at the Winner Dinners.
“We had great publicity from the events. Enquiries spiked, there’s no doubt about that. The main thing was that we met a whole lot of other producers. It was nice to know we were not alone and that there were so many others who are also passionate about food. We didn’t know there were so many high end, niche products on our back doorstep. I keep in touch with the others on social media and made some great friends,” John Hollows, KEEWAI
“The award totally put us in the spotlight. The Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards recognised and cemented the Vintage Windsor Blue as an iconic cheese. From peers, to the media and restaurants, there was an awesome flow on effect from the event that hit our target market. It was the gift that kept on giving. We had all the foodies coming to the dinners and the media exposure as a result was great. There was also a huge response from our customers after the win,” Simon Berry, Whitestone Cheese
Enter the 2018 Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards and you could be attending this year’s Winner Dinners. Enjoy amazing food and wine with producers from across the country. Dinners this year will be held in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch in July and August.