Finestkind wins festival award
A Nelson seafood company’s dish of macadamia scallops won the prestigious supreme food and wine match award at the Wine Marlborough Festival on Saturday. Finestkind owner Donna Wells said the dish was teamed with St Clair Vineyard’s Omaka Reserve chardonnay. Ms Wells said the scallop dish, with a macadamia chilli kelp sprinkle, was cooked in macadamia oil. It was served in a bamboo boat on a bed of mesclun. She had entered the event three or four times previously and had placed a close second once, and had set out to win this year. Winning had been fabulous, she said. ‘‘In Blenheim, it’s apparently a very prestigious award.’’ Finestkind is an export seafood company, set up nine years ago. It also sold scallop and oyster pies, fresh oysters and smoked fish at the festival.