Foodwriters May market day
The first Monday in May heralds an important event for foodies, they flock from Northland and Waikato and all places in between to attend the annual market day.
More than 100 food writers, food bloggers, teachers and chefs attended the market day which featured 25 stands, manned by more than 70 people held at the Ellerslie Event Centre.
Vegetables.co.nz has had a stand at this popular market day every year since its inception seven years ago. Attending the market provides the opportunity to showcase fresh New Zealand vegetables and to encourage more writing about the fresh New Zealand vegetable story and of course more delicious on-trend recipes.
The stand was manned by Vegetables NZ board member Kiran Hari; Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association [PVGA] member Keith Vallabh, Herman van der Gulik from Enza Zaden, Michelle Turner from the Primary Industry Training Organisation [ITO] and Pip Duncan, education and marketing manager, vegetables.co.nz
The team on the stand had many conversations with visitors and gave first hand examples to some of the highlights and the issues facing growing vegetables in New Zealand. Discussion topics included commercial growing from ‘seed to plate,’ attracting people into the industry, the centennial of PVGA, the effects of the weather, popular recipe ideas and the grower videos on vegetables.co.nz .
At the stand next to us the Heart Foundation [HF] was promoting the Cooking Curriculum Project, developed in partnership with vegetables.co.nz and the HF.
Vegetables.co.nz would like to thank the following for their generosity in supplying produce for this event; A S Wilcox for carrots; Delta Produce for kumara, Ryan farms for onions, Enza Zaden for pumpkins and lettuce, Prash and Associates for eggplants, RC Hari for chillis, pink onions and flower lettuces.
▴ Nutrition Foundation chief exeutive Sarah Hanrahan and High Performance Sport lead nutritionist Jeni Pearce MNZM.
▴ Dish editor Claire Aldous and NZ Herald Bite writer Ray McVinnie.
▴ Jo Bridgford, Kiran Hari, Niki Bezzant and Keith Vallabh.