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Taste of Auckland: the wild and wonderful

From November 13-16, Midge, Bevan and Corrie engaged with foodies at Taste of Auckland, a three and half day culinary extravaganza. The NZ Avocado stand was an inviting garden party themed space where attendees were treated to delicious avocado samples, as well as recipe books, live music and cooking demonstrations. The goal was to get as many people as we could inspired to get creative with avocados, and boost their nutritional knowledge of the fruit.  Nadia Lim and gluten-free chef Jimmy Boswell joined us in holding Masterclasses where they created awesome dishes such as Avocado Chocolate Mousse, Avocado & Feta Dip, and Avocado Cream on Cucumber just to name a few. We battled the wind and rain for half of the festival but our marquee stood up to the weather and provided an inviting space for the bedraggled attendees. Guest numbers were affected on Thursday night and Saturday due to the wet and windy conditions but Friday and Sunday (which was given extended opening hours), showed us what an awesome event Taste is for getting in front of a large number of enthusiastic foodies – final numbers for the show will be available from the event organisers in the next couple of weeks. We received incredibly positive feedback from guests and the Taste organisers in regards to our stand. People loved our samples and there was a real interest in the industry.  We had lots of support from our "Friends of NZ Avocados” – NZ King Salmon, Vogel’s, NZ Hothouse, Go Nutz, and Tahi Honey.  We went through over 450 avocados and 60 loaves of Vogel’s plus a number of other fresh ingredients to make up more than 5000 samples of avocado toast, guacamole, smoothies, dip, mousse and various canapés. To view images from this event click here. To view a 90 second video of the event click here.

New Zealand Avocados Set to Inspire at Taste

Chocolate avocado mousse and a whole new take on Pina Coladas are just some of the creative avocado inspired dishes people will be able to try at Auckland’s top food festival, Taste, later this week. The four day-long foodie celebration promises to deliver bigger, bolder and tastier flavours than ever before, and New Zealand Avocado’s inaugural appearance will certainly set taste buds alight. New Zealand Avocado ambassador and celebrity chef, Nadia Lim, will deliver two master classes on Friday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 1pm, while internationally-renowned chef Jimmy Boswell will also be on hand throughout the festival. Together they will create a range of delicious and simple recipes using avocados for people to try. "Kiwis love avocados but some people may not have experimented with them beyond slicing some into a salad or putting them on toast,” Nadia says. "They are not only an amazing healthy and versatile wholefood but they’re also extremely versatile – you can use them in baking, desserts and smoothies and create some amazing dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.” Jimmy, who is a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassador for New Zealand, is also eager to see more people eating avocado as part of their everyday diet." As a chef I focus on using real food. Avocados have been part of my life since I was young and I love their fresh taste and texture. They’re easy to work with and are super healthy. "I am excited to be with New Zealand Avocado this year at Taste of Auckland. I’ll be bringing some easy-to-plate dishes and ideas that I have been making for many years that will inspire and impress people dining at your table.” Visitors to New Zealand Avocado’s stand and cooking demonstrations will be treated to an urban garden party theme. A relaxed seating area will be set up where people can sample Nadia and Jimmy’s unique creations, and an acoustic musician will perform at regular intervals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. New Zealand Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular says Taste is a great chance to show Kiwis just how versatile and delicious avocados are. "This summer New Zealand is set to produce its biggest ever avocado crop. This is a fantastic opportunity to show foodies new ways to use avocado. We know they’ll go home inspired to get more creative in the kitchen, and discover new dishes and taste sensations with avocados,” Jen says. Festival-goers will also have the chance to win all the ingredients needed to make Nadia’s amazing avocado, lime and coconut cheesecake at home. To enter they just need to visit New Zealand Avocado’s ‘selfie corner’, create their own background using a hashtag magnet board, and upload their pic to social media sites. Over 20,000 people are expected to dine their way around the Taste of Auckland Festival, which will be staged for the first time at Western Springs from Thursday 13th November until Sunday 16th November. For more information visit http://www.tasteofauckland.co.nz/ About New Zealand Avocado Avocados are the third-largest fresh fruit export from New Zealand. New Zealand Avocado works with the New Zealand industry to set export standards, facilitate market access, promote avocados from New Zealand and provide technical information to all New Zealand growers, of which there are more than 1600, based mainly in the Bay of Plenty and Northland. Twitter: @NZ_Avocado Facebook: NZ Avocado www.nzavocado.co.nz/industry/ For media assistance, please contact:  Midge Munro Communications Manager Avocado Industry Council midge.munro@nzavocado.co.nz  64 27 306 7089  64 7 571 6147 Bridgette Paton-Tapsell Village Public Relations | Marketing  b@villagenz.com  64 27 553 3929  64 7 572 1608 

NZ Avocado at Taste of Auckland Festival

The versatility and nutritional benefits of New Zealand avocados will be highlighted to more than 20,000 ‘foodies’ at the Taste of Auckland Festival this November. In urban garden party style, NZ Avocado joins a new world of bigger, bolder and tastier flavours at this year’s festival, held at Western Springs from November 13-16. The festival is expected to draw in 25,000 people, with key New Zealand food personalities Josh Emett, Nadia Lim, Peter Gordon, Matt Stone, Robert Oliver and Matt Skinner among the attractions. For NZ Avocado, the event is a chance to promote the "NZ Avocados Amazing Anytime” concept – educating guests on the numerous ways to enjoy the fruit at any time of day. NZ Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular says Taste is a great chance to inform and excite people on the versatility of New Zealand avocados. "This is a fantastic opportunity to show New Zealand’s top ‘foodies’ new ways to use avocado. We know they will go home inspired to get more creative in the kitchen, and discover new dishes and taste sensations with avocados," says Jen.  "Taste is a high profile event, which is aligned with our promotional strategy, and puts New Zealand avocados alongside the country’s premium food products.” New Zealand Avocado Ambassador Nadia Lim and world-renowned chef Jimmy Boswell (pictured above) will perform live masterclasses throughout the festival, creating delicious and simple recipes using New Zealand avocados. Jimmy, who is a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassador for New Zealand, is 100 per cent behind getting more people eating New Zealand avocados. "As a real food chef avocados have been a part of my life since I was young and I love their fresh taste and texture. As a real food they are easy to work with and are super healthy. "I am excited to be with NZA this year at Taste in Auckland and I will be bring some easy to plate dishes and ideas that I have been making for many years that will inspire and impress people dining at your table.” NZ Avocado’s Urban Garden Party will include themed sessions throughout the festival, and a ‘selfie corner’ will encourage visitors to take create their own background using NZ Avocado’s hashtag magnet board and post to social media sites. The Taste of Auckland Festival runs November 13-16 at Western Springs.

Avocado Food & Wine Festival 2015

Saturday 10 Jan 2015, 11:30 AM to 06:00 PM

For a great day of family fun and fabulous food come along to the 2015 Avocado Food & Wine Festival, held on 10 January at the Uretara Domain in Katikati, Bay of Plenty. The avocado food and wine festival has been running for a number of years now, and continues to attract a lot of visitors each year. Started by the Katikati Funfest Charitable Trust in 2003, the festival has grown annually and has become a summertime favourite for locals,and visitors, young and old. It was an initiative of the PAKEKE LION'S CLUB OF KATIKATI and LION'S CLUB OF KATIKATI as a fundraiser for local community groups. This year the proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Waipuna Hospice (www.waipuna-hospice.co.nz) and the proceeds from the day to Katikati Heritage Museum (www.katikatiheritagemuseum.co.nz). Tickets are $20. Children under 18 years old, accompanied by an adult, get in FREE.

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