Quality is their specialty: Local winners of CT food competition
The CT Specialty Food Association held its 13th Product Awards Competition on March 11, with 199 specialty food items from Connecticut-based manufacturers competing in 36 categories.
A panel of 25 judges consisting of local media personalities, food writers, Connecticut chefs and wine specialists scored products on overall taste/flavor, texture, aroma and appearance. Each judge was assigned to specific categories, responsible for evaluating an average of approximately 25 different products.
Categories included breads, cheese, chocolate, CT Grown, dessert, gluten-free, ice cream, jam, organic, pasta sauce, salad dressing, savory condiments, snack food, syrup and others.
Among the winners were the following companies from southeastern Connecticut:
1st Place: Aged Bloomsday; Cato Corner Farm, Colchester
2nd Place: Dutch Farmstead; Cato Corner Farm
3rd Place: Vivace; Cato Corner Farm
2nd Place: Grahamless Graham Zing Cookie; Suzie-Uie, Voluntown
1st Place: New York Cheesecake; Suzie-Uie, Voluntown
1st Place: "Uie" frozen treat, featuring a piece of cheesecake frozen on a stick, enrobed in Belgium chocolate; Suzie-Uie, LLC, Voluntown
Second Place: Hot Helen's Fudge Sauce Suzie-Uie, Voluntown
2nd Place: Hickory Ginger Syrup; Turkeywoods Farm, Mystic,
3rd Place: Shagbark Syrup; Turkeywoods Farm, Mystic
Wine - Dry White
2nd Place: Gewurztraminer, 2012; Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington
3rd Place: Pinot Blanc, 2012; Holmberg Orchards, Gales Ferry
Wine - Fruit
1st Place (tie): Macintosh Hard Cider, 2013 and Harmony Peach Wine, 2012; both by Holmberg Orchards, Gales Ferry
3rd Place: Cortland Hard Cider, 2013; Holmberg Orchards, Gales Ferry
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