Smashing contest with avos
Fresh avocados ready for weekend
Cafes were hesitant . . . with some reassurance on how the competition works and that it’s a dish on the menu (with the voting element added to it), it’s like an everyday dining experience with the competition twist Organiser Kylie Watkins
Get ready forsome avo-licious foodie creations being servedupat local establishments entered in the 2021 Seeka Smashed Avocado Cafe competition which opens in Katikati on Saturday
Seeka representatives Greg O’Carroll, Deanna Morse and Joseph Ngataimadethe deliveries of boxes of fresh avocados to each of the entrants on Friday.
Katch Katikati’s event organiser Kylie Watkins says she is excited to facilitate the Seeka Smashed Avocado Competition in town and is pleased Seeka has again supported the competition.
“Cafes were hesitant at first whenapproached to re-enter due to Covid and not knowing if our region would go back into lockdown.
“Withsomereassurance on howthe competition works and that it’s adish on themenu (with the voting element added to it), it’s like an everyday dining experience with the competition twist,” Kylie says.
There are six establishments entered— Cafe at the Balcony, The Lighthouse Cafe, Cafe Viva, Robert Harris Cafe, Talisman Hotel and The Orchard House cafe. Kylie says she can see there issome friendly rivalryamongthe cafe´s and restaurants and the chefs are working on their masterpieces.
“It’s exciting to be able to offer this competition in town once again. Wehelp promote it to have a further reach than the Western Bay of Plenty to help lift theeconomyin Katikati with travellers stopping and dining.”
GrahamCater, Group Manager Avocados& Direct Investments, says Seeka plays ahuge part in the growing, picking and packaging of premiumquality avocados in and around Katikati.
“Welove showing support to the local community by supplyingpremiumavocados for the smashed avocado competition, it’s an amazing experience to see people enjoying an excellent quality product grown and packed locally.”
Seeka’s harvest and shipping season is progressing well, and fruit quality feedback has been excellent.
“Seeka is the only fully integrated grower, packer, marketer and only packs the fruit it sells— controlling the complete supply chain from orchard to market. It positions itself as having the best quality avocados in the market, returning a premiumto its growers.”
Grahamsays a smaller average size profile this year is a reflection of the last hot, drysummeracrossNew Zealand. Ahigh proportion of Seeka’s export avocados are presold before arriving in the market.
FromSaturday, call into one of the cafe’s listed and ask for their delicious Smashed Avocado Dish and vote. All ‘peoples choice’ votes go into the draw to win one of two $50 dining out vouchers (at a participating establishment).