Finestkind wins fes­ti­val award

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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.

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