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Finalists Announced – MiNDFOOD Producer Awards 2014

2013 MiNDFOOD Producer Awards Winner: Bess Blessing

Finalists Announced – MiNDFOOD Producer Awards 2014

Announcing the finalists of the 2014 MiNDFOOD Producer Awards, recognising the best of the Wellington region’s producers.

Finalists Announced – MiNDFOOD Producer Awards 2014

The MiNDFOOD Producer Awards aim to recognise the best of the Wellington region’s producers, bringing their products to a wider audience during the popular Wellington On a Plate festival, an event that celebrates the area’s finest food and beverages.

“We are excited to be working alongside Grow Wellington and Visa Wellington On a Plate in showcasing the region’s best producers,” says Michael McHugh, editor-in-chief of MiNDFOOD. “This year we saw the largest number of entries and the judges will have a tough task in selecting the winners for each category as the standard is extremely high.”

The region’s top producers are characterised by a remarkable mixture of foresight and skill, with huge knowledge of their particular specialities. Through the MiNDFOOD Producer Awards they will become the “shop window” for the Wellington region, influencing readers to visit the area and try out the produce for themselves. This year’s finalists are a real mix of producers who celebrate the creativity and diversity of the Wellington region.

The three awards and finalists are:


Kereru Brewing Company Ltd

Kingsmeade Cheese Ltd

Matahiwi Estate


Carrello del Gelato

Genoese Foods Ltd

Kingsmeade Cheese Ltd

Pirinoa Station

Te Horo Foods


Big Bad Wolf Charcuterie


50 Knots Beverage Company

Siggy’s Pies Ltd

The Clareville Bakery – Artisan Bakery

The four judges will be travelling to visit each producer in early July for final judging.

The judges are:

Michael McHugh, editor-in-chief, MiNDFOOD magazine

Sarah Meikle, festival director, Visa Wellington On a Plate/chief executive Wellington Culinary Events Trust

Fran Wilde, Chair, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Angela Brownie, manager, Business Growth, Grow Wellington

MiNDFOOD looks forward to showcasing some of New Zealand’s best producers in an upcoming issue. A special MiNDFOOD dinner announcing the winners will be held in Wellington at Muse on Allen on August 15. For tickets visit

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