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:

Aged Cheese

1st Place: Aged Bloomsday; Cato Corner Farm, Colchester

2nd Place: Dutch Farmstead; Cato Corner Farm

3rd Place: Vivace; Cato Corner Farm

Cookie

2nd Place: Grahamless Graham Zing Cookie; Suzie-Uie, Voluntown

Gluten Free

1st Place: New York Cheesecake; Suzie-Uie, Voluntown

Ice Cream

1st Place: "Uie" frozen treat, featuring a piece of cheesecake frozen on a stick, enrobed in Belgium chocolate; Suzie-Uie, LLC, Voluntown

Sweet Topping

Second Place: Hot Helen's Fudge Sauce Suzie-Uie, Voluntown

Syrup

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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