NZ’S GROWING ARTISAN CHOCOLATE MAKERS TO BE RECOGNISED WITH AWARDS
Friday 7 July 2017, World Chocolate Day
As World Chocolate Day is celebrated, this country’s growing artisan chocolate makers have received good news, with the announcement their hard work will be celebrated at the inaugural New Zealand Chocolate Awards.
Announcing the awards, organisers Intermedia and Marvellous Marketing, said they want to shine a spotlight on the burgeoning chocolate industry, rewarding and recognising high quality producers and chocolatiers. As well as awarding accolades to the finest chocolates the Awards will serve as a quality mark for consumers, helping guide them on the country’s best.
The awards have 11 categories, 9 of which will be judged by an esteemed collection of food and flavour experts. Kiwi chocolate lovers are being called upon to judge the final two categories by popular vote; New Zealand’s Favourite Chocolate brand and the café serving the country’s favourite hot chocolate.
Judging will be held in Auckland on Wednesday 6 September with results announced on Monday 18 September. Many of the winning chocolates will be available at Coffee and Chocolate Show on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017 at The Cloud in Auckland.
New Zealand Chocolate Awards co-organiser, Managing Director of The Intermedia Group, Dale Spencer has been running the Coffee and Chocolate Show for the past three years. During that time he’s seen the chocolate industry flourish. “New Zealand has a healthy chocolate industry with passionate artisans crafting an amazing array of products, from single person operations operating from home kitchens through to large producers making chocolate for the national stage. We’re delighted that we can help them celebrate their craft and equally pleased to do so on World Chocolate Day.”
Chocolatiers will have a month to enter their products, with the deadline for entries Wednesday 23 August. The categories being judged are: NZ Life & Leisure Bean to Bar, Best NZ Made Chocolate Bar, Best NZ Made Truffle, Best NZ Made Filled Chocolate, Best Newcomer, Best NZ Packaging, Best Imported Product and Best Product Made Using Premium NZ Chocolate.
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