Zucchini Cake was a winner for .........
Zucchini Cake was a winner for Sue Burlace at the Feilding Farmers' Market Bake-Off, while the savoury category first prize went to kebabs consisting of a medley of sausages, chestnuts and apples, produced by the combined efforts of Tony Chestnut's William Beauchamp and Edelweiss's Sera Hojdelewicz.
Twelve market stallholders from Feilding Farmers' Market took up the challenge to produce a deliciously edible dish from produce available at the market in last Friday's bake-off.
All the recipes entered will appear in a soon-to-be-produced Feilding Farmers' Market recipe book.
"We are also inviting the public to create their own delights for inclusion in the recipe book," said Feilding Promotion manager Helen Worboys.
Mayor Ian McKelvie, and Feilding Promotion's Community development manager Tony Chapman, were given the honour of judging the lunchtime bake off; one of many events held to celebrate the Market's 5th birthday.
The judging was "a daunting task," for Mr McKelvie.
"They were all pretty amazing," he said after the tasting. "However thinking of cholesterol, we chose the least likely to kill us."
Winner Mrs Hojdelewicz said she was "glad that a combined effort won, because that is what the market is all about".
"We combine together to sell produce. Everything on the kebab was sourced from this market."
Co-winner Mr Beauchamp was impressed with the variety of foods on show. "It was good to see that there is appreciation for new cuisine in the New Zealand palate. I urge people to try this recipe with duck and red wine," he said.
Zucchini loaf winner Sue Burlace said it was hard to believe the zucchini loaf was a winner: "It is very easy to make, and very healthy."
The bake-off also helped raise the market's profile. "The more community involvement in events such as this, the more people who visit our market," Mrs Worboys said. "We are experiencing increased patronage."
One month's free site fees was the prize for both winners.
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