Chocolate Industry

Food News: Nadia Lim’s Arrowtown Farm Shop and Toasties Takeover Returns

The NZ Herald’s Cheree Kinnear and Bethany Reitsma travel through Tāmaki Makaurau to find the best hot rolls this Easter. Video / NZ Herald

Just a few weeks ago, a charming little farm shop opened in Arrowtown. The Royalburn farm shop, which is run in a converted shed, is owned by kiwi food extraordinaire Nadia Lim and her husband Carlos Bagrie. The couple left town just three years ago to take over Royalburn Farm, one of New Zealand’s oldest (founded in 1887 to grow wheat and barley).

The farm already supplies its produce to restaurants and lodges around Queenstown (including Amisfield and the Botswana Butcher), and now grocery stores can find a variety of fresh produce, including farm-grown organic vegetables, meat fresh and dried in the open air, honey, cereals. , sunflower oil and eggs.

Take a look at their Instagram to see what’s fresh, but shopping is in person only. Open 9-4, Monday to Saturday, corner of Bedford and Merioneth St, Arrowtown. Go to royalburn.co.nz/farm-shop

Nadia Lim's new Royalburn Farm Shop, Arrowtown.  Photo / Provided
Nadia Lim’s new Royalburn Farm Shop, Arrowtown. Photo / Provided

The corny achievements of Hopepa

Hawke’s Bay’s Hohepa are celebrating two gold medals (and six awards in total) at the recent NZ Champions of Cheese Awards 2022 for their Vintage and Danbo cheeses. This amazing organization, which supports and provides work opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities, makes award-winning organic cheeses and yoghurts from a herd of just 50 cows on a biodynamic farm.

Hohepa also offers beeswax candles, old-fashioned handmade wooden toys, and hand-woven fabrics. Check them out and find a dealer near you at hophepahawkesbay.com.

Hohepa won two golds and six awards in total at the 2022 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards. Photo/Supplied
Hohepa won two golds and six awards in total at the 2022 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards. Photo/Supplied

Whittakers wins ‘green egg’

An eco-victory for the Whittakers in this most chocolate time of the year. For the third year in a row, our best-known local chocolate brand received a “green egg” for its commitment to ethically and sustainably producing chocolate, placing the company in the top four globally. Issues within the chocolate industry include child slavery, paying workers a fair wage, and deforestation.

Visit chocolatescorecard.com to learn more about the rewards and scoring system, and which companies are making the effort. The results might surprise you.

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Whittaker’s has been recognized as one of the world’s most ethical and sustainable chocolate producers. Photo / 123rf

It’s time for the toast

It’s toast time again – this annual competition serving up the humblest and most delicious cold-weather snack, the toasted sandwich. In this year’s Great NZ Toastie Takeover, you’ll find 185 participants from Waitangi in the north (with a classic pastrami and Swiss cheese combo) to Lumsden in the south (with Stewart Island cod in brine) . Toasts will appear in food trucks, bars, cafes and restaurants across the country – there’s even an RSA and ferry service taking part.

Winners are crowned in July, and there’s also a People’s Choice Award, so head over to toastietakeover.com to find your toastie fix.

The Great NZ Toastie Takeover 2022 has begun.  Photo / Babiche Martens
The Great NZ Toastie Takeover 2022 has begun. Photo / Babiche Martens