Av­o­ca­dos will be star of the show

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice - By CHRIS STEEL

Six en­tries are con­firmed in the Smashed Av­o­cado Com­pe­ti­tion for 2019, to find out whose dish will be the best in the av­o­cado cap­i­tal and New Zealand.

Katch Katikati’s event co­or­di­na­tor Nicky Austin has vis­ited Katikati cafes and restau­rants to in­vite them to par­tic­i­pate.

She said most have been re­ally sup­port­ive and think it’s a great idea.

“They’re feel­ing ex­cited and in­spired to come up with a dish to be part of cel­e­brat­ing our sig­na­ture fruit.”

Cen­tral Park Bar and Kitchen, Chrome Cafe, The Light­house on Lock­ing­ton, Or­chard House Cafe, the Tal­is­man Ho­tel and Cafe 19 at Fairview Es­tate will all be putting their best dishes for­ward for the com­pe­ti­tion. Michele Re­ich­muth from The Tal­is­man Ho­tel said they are ex­cited to bring a cool themed dish which will be cre­ative to the av­o­cado, Tal­is­man Gar­den Bar es­pe­cially.

“We have that great old av­o­cado tree as the cen­tre of our gar­den bar. We want our team to grow and sup­port their am­bi­tions and show off their tal­ents.”

Chrome Cafe own­ers Trudie and Shel­ley Robin­son en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause they want to show lo­cal peo­ple that av­o­ca­dos can be used in lots of dif­fer­ent ways. The celebrity sis­ters will be do­ing a healthy, raw, sweet tart for the com­pe­ti­tion — “some­thing tasty and healthy”.

The in­spi­ra­tion for the dish is to pro­vide raw, ve­gan, gluten­free, tasty food in their cafe, as that is the diet for a grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple.

The Light­house on Lock­ing­ton owner Lor­raine Christie said the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind join­ing is not to win, although that would be great, but to be made aware that such a ba­sic dish can be made into a cre­ative, tasty and rea­son­ably priced meal or snack from some­thing grown so lo­cally and eaten by many.

“We cur­rently pre­pare a dish called Av­o­cado Smash on our spe­cials menu at times, pend­ing sup­ply, and have had some lovely feed­back from our cus­tomers, so thought why not give the com­pe­ti­tion a go and have some friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween eater­ies in the Katikati re­gion.

Seeka Ltd is spon­sor­ing the com­pe­ti­tion and will sup­ply the chefs with a tray of av­o­ca­dos. Seeka GM Grower Ser­vices and Mar­ket­ing, An­n­marie Lee, said Seeka works with world-class av­o­cado grow­ers in Katikati and be­ing part of the Smashed Av­o­cado com­pe­ti­tion is a fun way to show their sup­port.

“Seeka is in­volved from grow­ing, pick­ing and pack­ing av­o­ca­dos to mar­ket­ing the fruit both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally so it’s great to see the fi­nal step in the process — happy cus­tomers eat­ing a won­der­ful prod­uct packed with nu­tri­ents.”

From De­cem­ber 1 pa­trons will get to sam­ple the sig­na­ture dishes at the six cafes and restau­rants which en­tered, and vote for their favourite.

Av­o­ca­dos will be the star of the show in Katikati’s Smashed Av­o­cado Com­pe­ti­tion.

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