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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 halfday culinary extravaganza. The NZ Avocado stand was an inviting garden partythemed space where attendees were treated to delicious avocado samples, as wellas recipe books, live music and cooking demonstrations.The goal was to getas many people as we could inspired to get creative with avocados, and boosttheir nutritional knowledge of the fruit. Nadia Lim andgluten-free chef Jimmy Boswell joined us in holding Masterclasses where theycreated awesome dishes such as Avocado Chocolate Mousse, Avocado & FetaDip, and Avocado Cream on Cucumber just to name a few.We battled the windand rain for half of the festival but our marquee stood up to the weather andprovided an inviting space for the bedraggled attendees. Guest numbers wereaffected on Thursday night and Saturday due to the wet and windy conditions butFriday and Sunday (which was given extended opening hours), showed us what anawesome event Taste is for getting in front of a large number of enthusiasticfoodies – final numbers for the show will be available from the eventorganisers in the next couple of weeks.We receivedincredibly positive feedback from guests and the Taste organisers in regards toour stand. People loved our samples and there was a real interest in theindustry. We had lots ofsupport from our "Friends of NZ Avocados” – NZ King Salmon, Vogel’s, NZHothouse, Go Nutz, and Tahi Honey. We went throughover 450 avocados and 60 loaves of Vogel’s plus a number of other freshingredients to make up more than 5000 samples of avocado toast, guacamole,smoothies, dip, mousse and various canapés.To view images fromthis event clickhere. To view a 90 second video of the event clickhere.

New Zealand Avocados Set to Inspire at Taste

Chocolateavocado mousse and a whole new take on Pina Coladas are just some of the creativeavocado inspired dishes people will be able to try at Auckland’s top foodfestival, Taste, later this week. Thefour day-long foodie celebration promises to deliver bigger, bolder and tastierflavours than ever before, and New Zealand Avocado’s inaugural appearance willcertainly set taste buds alight. NewZealand Avocado ambassador and celebrity chef, Nadia Lim, will deliver twomaster classes on Friday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 1pm, whileinternationally-renowned chef Jimmy Boswell will also be on hand throughout thefestival. Together they will create a range of delicious and simple recipesusing avocados for people to try."Kiwislove avocados but some people may not have experimented with them beyondslicing some into a salad or putting them on toast,” Nadia says. "They are notonly an amazing healthy and versatile wholefood but they’re also extremelyversatile – you can use them in baking, desserts and smoothies and create someamazing dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.”Jimmy,who is a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassador for New Zealand, is also eagerto see more people eating avocado as part of their everyday diet."As achef I focus on using real food. Avocados have been part of my life since I wasyoung and I love their fresh taste and texture. They’re easy to work with andare super healthy."I amexcited to be with New Zealand Avocado this year at Taste of Auckland. I’ll bebringing some easy-to-plate dishes and ideas that I have been making for manyyears that will inspire and impress people dining at your table.”Visitorsto New Zealand Avocado’s stand and cooking demonstrations will be treated to anurban garden party theme. A relaxed seating area will be set up where peoplecan sample Nadia and Jimmy’s unique creations, and an acoustic musician willperform at regular intervals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.NewZealand Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular says Taste is a great chance toshow Kiwis just how versatile and delicious avocados are."Thissummer New Zealand is set to produce its biggest ever avocado crop. This is afantastic opportunity to show foodies new ways to use avocado. We know they’llgo home inspired to get more creative in the kitchen, and discover new dishesand taste sensations with avocados,” Jen says.Festival-goerswill also have the chance to win all the ingredients needed to make Nadia’samazing avocado, lime and coconut cheesecake at home. To enter they just needto visit New Zealand Avocado’s ‘selfie corner’, create their own backgroundusing a hashtag magnet board, and upload their pic to social media sites. Over20,000 people are expected to dine their way around the Taste of AucklandFestival, which will be staged for the first time at Western Springs fromThursday 13th November until Sunday 16th November.For more information visit http://www.tasteofauckland.co.nz/ About New Zealand Avocado Avocadosare the third-largest fresh fruitexport from New Zealand. New Zealand Avocado works with the New Zealandindustry to set export standards, facilitate market access, promote avocadosfrom 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 andNorthland. Twitter: @NZ_AvocadoFacebook: NZ Avocadowww.nzavocado.co.nz/industry/ For media assistance, please contact:Midge Munro Communications ManagerAvocado Industry Councilmidge.munro@nzavocado.co.nz 64 27 306 7089 64 7 571 6147Bridgette Paton-TapsellVillage Public Relations | Marketing b@villagenz.com 64 27 553 3929 64 7 572 1608

NZ Avocado at Taste of Auckland Festival

The versatility and nutritionalbenefits 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, NZAvocado joins a new world of bigger, bolder and tastier flavours at this year’sfestival, held at Western Springs from November 13-16.The festival is expected to draw in25,000 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 chanceto promote the "NZ Avocados Amazing Anytime” concept – educating guests on thenumerous ways to enjoy the fruit at any time of day.NZ Avocado chief executive Jen Scoularsays Taste is a great chance to inform and excite people on the versatility ofNew 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 getmore creative in the kitchen, and discover new dishes and taste sensations withavocados," says Jen. "Taste is a high profile event, whichis aligned with our promotional strategy, and puts New Zealand avocadosalongside the country’s premium food products.” New Zealand Avocado Ambassador NadiaLim and world-renowned chef Jimmy Boswell (pictured above) will perform livemasterclasses throughout the festival, creating delicious and simple recipes usingNew Zealand avocados.Jimmy, who is a Jamie Oliver FoodRevolution Ambassador for New Zealand, is 100 per cent behind getting morepeople eating New Zealand avocados."As a real food chef avocados have been a part of my life since I wasyoung and I love their fresh taste and texture. As a real food they are easy towork with and are super healthy."I am excited to be with NZA this year at Taste in Auckland and I willbe bring some easy to plate dishes and ideas that I have been making for manyyears that will inspire and impress people dining at your table.”NZ Avocado’s Urban Garden Party willinclude themed sessions throughout the festival, and a ‘selfie corner’ willencourage visitors to take create their own background using NZ Avocado’shashtag magnet board and post to social media sites. The Taste of Auckland Festival runsNovember 13-16 at Western Springs.

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