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Smash­ing con­test with avos

Fresh av­o­ca­dos ready for week­end

- Chris Steel Dining Out · Katikati · Robert Harris · Recreation · The Orchard

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).

 ??  ?? Seeka rep­re­sen­ta­tives Joseph Ngatai and Greg O’Car­roll de­liver a box of av­o­ca­dos to Averil Hop­kins at Robert Har­ris Katikati.
Seeka rep­re­sen­ta­tives Joseph Ngatai and Greg O’Car­roll de­liver a box of av­o­ca­dos to Averil Hop­kins at Robert Har­ris Katikati.

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