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CT Specialty Food Association Announces Product Awards

 
Nutty Bunny orange blossom

Congratulations to Nutty Bunny for winning First Place in the Frozen Dessert category with their Orange Blossom Non-Dairy Ice Cream (tub at upper left).

The CT Specialty Food Association (CSFA) held its 14th annual Product Awards Competition on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. Over 165 specialty food items from Connecticut’s budding specialty food community entered into 39 categories with hopes of receiving the prestigious Food Product of the Year award. A diverse panel of 15 judges consisting of food writers, Connecticut chefs, and wine specialists scored products for overall taste, flavor, texture, aroma, and appearance.  Each judge was assigned to specific categories, responsible for evaluating an average of approximately 50 different products. Categories included cheese, chocolate, CT Grown, dessert, gluten-free, ice cream, jam, pasta sauce, salad dressing, savory condiments, snack food, syrup, and many others.  CSFA also included varieties of wines produced in Connecticut.  All wines were required to contain 100 percent CT grown fruit. Tricia Levesque from the Connecticut Food Association coordinated this year’s event. According to her, the entrepreneurial spirit of the participants is the type of fuel that is needed to create jobs here in Connecticut. Levesque said “This competition stands out because it features some of the best new food products in the region. It allows people with an idea and a dream to showcase the quality of food and beverages produced locally. The CT Specialty Food Competition is a win for food fans and small business tying to grow”. Consumers looking for CT specialty food products are encouraged to ask for them at local markets and grocers or can visit www.ctspecialtyfood.org.  CSFA is a subdivision of the CT Food Association and is a non-profit organization that represents small food businesses based in Connecticut. To learn more, visit www.ctfoodassociation.org THE CT SPECIALTY FOOD ASSOCIATION’S 2016 PRODUCT AWARDS COMPETITION WINNERS: 2016 Food Product of the Year Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT Organic Black Cherry Balsamic Vinegar 2016 Wine Product of the Year Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT Ice Wine, 2014 Aged Cheese 1st Place           Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT Aged Bloomsday 2nd Place          Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT Dairyere Reserve 3rd Place           Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT Blackledge Blue Barbecue Sauce 1st Place           Winding Drive, Inc., Woodbury, CT Smoky Apple Barbecue Sauce 2nd Place          Krazy for Kazu’s, Inc., Falls Village, CT Stir Fry & Barbecue Sauce 3rd Place           Winding Drive, Inc., Woodbury, CT Peach Mango Barbecue Sauce Chocolate 1st Place           Plum Brook Chocolate, Woodbury, CT Salted Caramels 2nd Place          Bridgewater Chocolate, LLC, Brookfield, CT Chewy Pretzel Bites 3rd Place           Bridgewater Chocolate, LLC, Brookfield, CT Toffee Encrusted Hazelnuts Coffee/Tea 1st Place           Simpson & Vail, Inc., Brookfield, CT Jane Austen Literary Tea 2nd Place          Simpson & Vail, Inc., Brookfield, CT Almond Sugar Cookie Dessert Tea 3rd Place           Whole Harmony, Haddam, CT Immune Builder Tea Confection/Dessert 1st Place           Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT Apple Cider Donuts 2nd Place          Matthew’s 1812 House, Inc., Cornwall Bridge, CT Bourbon Pecan Torte 3rd Place           Nutty Bunny, LLC, Stamford, CT Vanilla Non-Dairy Ice Cream Truffles Cookie 1st Place           Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT Peanut Butter Cookie 2nd Place          Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT Mint Chocolate Cookie Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT Ginger Snap Cookie 3rd Place           Tasty Good Eats, LLC, Fairfield, CT Noce di Coco Coconut Cookie CT Grown 1st Place           Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT Strawberry Jam 2nd Place          Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT Apple Cider 3rd Place           Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT Blueberry Jam Frozen Dessert 1st Place           Nutty Bunny, LLC, Stamford, CT Orange Blossom Non-Dairy Ice Cream 2nd Place          Maple Craft Foods, LLC, Sandy Hook, CT Strawberry Fruple Ice Pop 3rd Place           Nutty Bunny, LLC, Stamford, CT Chocolate Non-Dairy Ice Cream Fruit Sauce 1st Place           Holmberg Orchards & Winery, Gales Ferry, CT Triple Berry Apple Sauce 2nd Place          TIE The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT Mango Pineapple Chutney The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT Roasted Poblano Peach Spread Gluten Free 1st Place           Little’s Specialty Foods, Inc., New Canaan, CT Taco Seasoning 2nd Place          Pure Love Granola, Simsbury, CT Raspberry Almond Torte Granola 3rd Place           Tasty Good Eats, LLC, Fairfield, CT Nocciocco: Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cookie Heat & Serve Snacks 1st Place           Tasty Good Eats, LLC, Fairfield, CT French Onion Soup Chetzel Pretzel 2nd Place          Yosi Kitchen, LLC, Windsor, CT Sesame Noodles 3rd Place           Tasty Good Eats, LLC, Fairfield, CT Honey roasted Fresh Ginger with Lemon Zest English Scones Hors d’Oeuvre 1st Place           Tasty Good Eats, LLC, Fairfield, CT Mushroom & Red Pepper Cheesy Empanada Bites 2nd Place          Norpaco Gourmet Foods, Middletown, CT Prosciutto Panini Bites 3rd Place           TIE Tasty Good Eats, LLC, Fairfield, CT Coconut Fish Empanada Bites Yum-E-Lish Food, Fairfield, CT Tomato & Basil Gourmet Bean Dip Ice Cream 1st Place           Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, LLC, Bridgeport, CT Masala Chai Ice Cream 2nd Place          Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, LLC, Bridgeport, CT Ginger Matcha Ice Cream 3rd Place           Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, LLC, Bridgeport, CT Chunky London Mist Ice Cream Jam 1st Place           Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT Atomic Hot Pepper Jam 2nd Place          Woodstock Hill Preserves, LLC, Woodstock, CT Smoked Strawberry Hand Smoked Fruit Preserve 3rd Place           Winding Drive, Inc., Woodbury, CT Blood Orange Marmalade Meat 1st Place           Butcher’s Best Country Market, Newtown, CT Jalapeno Beef Jerky 2nd Place          Butcher’s Best Country Market, Newtown, CT Ginger Pork Jerky Oil 1st Place           Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT Orange Infused Olive Oil 2nd Place          Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT Garlic Infused Olive Oil 3rd Place           Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil Packaging 1st Place           Simpson & Vail, Inc., Brookfield, CT James Joyce Literary Tea 2nd Place          Little’s Specialty Foods, Inc., New Canaan, CT Bloody Mary Seasoning Mix 3rd Place           Yum-E-Lish Food, Fairfield, CT Rosemary & Garlic Gourmet Bean Dip Pasta Sauce 1st Place           Chef Silvio’s of Wooster Street, Guilford, CT Chef Silvio’s Fradiavolo Sauce 2nd Place          Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT Marinara Sauce 3rd Place           Chef Silvio’s of Wooster Street, Guilford, CT Chef Silvio’s Capricciosa Sauce Pickle 1st Place           Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT Bread & Butter Pickles 2nd Place          Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT Sweet Pickle Spears 3rd Place           Winding Drive, Inc., Woodbury, CT Bread & Butter Pickles Relish 1st Place           The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT Sweet Caramelized Onions 2nd Place          Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT Zucchini Relish Salad Dressing 1st Place           Harry’s Bishops Corner, West Hartford, CT Caesar Dressing 2nd Place          Krazy for Kazu’s, Inc., Falls Village, CT Sesame Pon 3rd Place           Harry’s Bishops Corner, West Hartford, CT Sundried Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing Salsa/Dip 1st Place           Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT Medium Salsa 2nd Place          Yosi Kitchen, LLC, Windsor, CT Spicy Hummus 3rd Place           Holmberg Orchards & Winery, Gales Ferry, CT Hot Salsa Savory Condiment 1st Place           TIE Winding Drive, Inc., Woodbury, CT Habanero Gold Jelly Woodstock Hill Preserves, LLC, Woodstock, CT Peach Bourbon Chipotle Hand Smoked Fruit Preserve 2nd Place          Woodstock Hill Preserves, LLC, Woodstock, CT Smoked Mango Pineapple Hand Smoked Fruit Preserve Seasoning/Spice Blend 1st Place           Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT Bloody Mary Mix 2nd Place          Little’s Specialty Foods, Inc., New Canaan, CT Chili Seasoning 3rd Place           Simpson & Vail, Inc., Brookfield, CT Moonlight Snooze Snack Food 1st Place           Matthew’s 1812 House, Inc., Cornwall Bridge, CT Rosemary Olive Oil Bites 2nd Place          Pure Love Granola, Simsbury, CT Almond Peach Cobbler Granola 3rd Place           Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT Maple Kettlecorn Sweet Topping 1st Place           Matthew’s 1812 House, Inc., Cornwall Bridge, CT Caramel Bourbon Sauce 2nd Place          Matthew’s 1812 House, Inc., Cornwall Bridge, CT Chocolate Bourbon Sauce 3rd Place           Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT Apple Butter Syrup 1st Place           Maple Craft Foods, LLC, Sandy Hook, CT Bourbon Barrel Aged Craft Syrup 2nd Place          Fat stone farm, Lyme, CT Organic Maple Syrup - Dark 3rd Place           Fat stone farm, Lyme, CT Organic Maple Syrup – Hint of Butter Tapenade 1st Place           The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT Portobello Mushroom Tapenade 2nd Place          The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT Roasted Vegetable Tapenade 3rd Place           Yosi Kitchen, LLC, Windsor, CT Schug Vinegar 1st Place           Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT Organic Black Cherry Balsamic Vinegar 2nd Place          Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT Select Balsamic Vinegar 3rd Place           Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT Organic Apple Cinnamon Balsamic Vinegar Wine - Blush 1st Place           Jones Winery, Shelton, CT First Blush, NV 2nd Place          Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT Apple Raspberry Blush, NV 3rd Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Sunset Blush, 2014 Wine - Dessert 1st Place           Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT Ice Wine, 2014 *This wine received high enough marks from all of the judges to be placed in the Exceptional category, the highest category in which a wine could place. 2nd Place          Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Pyrrha’s Passion, 2011 Wine – Dry Red 1st Place           Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT Cabernet Franc, 2012 2nd Place          Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT New Dawn, 2014 3rd Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT St. Croix, 2014 Wine – Dry White 1st Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Cayuga White, 2014 *This wine received high enough marks from all of the judges to be placed in the Exceptional category, the highest category in which a wine could place. 2nd Place          Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Chardonnay, 2014 3rd Place           Jones Winery, Shelton, CT Pinot Gris VS, 2013 Wine - Fruit 1st Place           Jones Winery, Shelton, CT Blueberry Bliss, NV 2nd Place          Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT Celebration, NV 3rd Place           Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT Highland Red, NV Wine – Hard Cider 1st Place           Holmberg Orchards &Winery, Gales Ferry, CT Cortland Hard Cider, NV 2nd Place          Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT New England Hard Cider, NV Wine – Other Red 1st Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Root 63, 2014 *This wine received high enough marks from all of the judges to be placed in the Exceptional category, the highest category in which a wine could place. Wine – Other White 1st Place           Jones Winery, Shelton, CT Woodlands White, NV 2nd Place          Holmberg Orchards &Winery, Gales Ferry, CT Thamesview White, NV 3rd Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Blustery Blend, 2015 Wine - Rosé 1st Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Rosé, 2014 Wine – Sparkling 1st Place           Holmberg Orchards &Winery, Gales Ferry, CT Bubbly Blanc, NV *This wine received high enough marks from all of the judges to be placed in the Exceptional category, the highest category in which a wine could place. 2nd Place          Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT Rubus Nightfall, NV                 
 
 
 

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