Franklin is spoilt for choice when it comes to events, community and now food.
Once again, several cafes have been named as winners in the 2018 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards.
Pukekohe’s Sugar Shed won best rural accolade for the Auckland region, while Patumahoe’s Butcher’s Shop Cafe won Best Regional Town for the region, and Nick’s Cafe in Waiuku picked up People’s Choice as was announced earlier last year.
Judging, tasting and deliberating for the competition, is conducted by a highly-experienced panel led by New Zealand’s pre-eminent food and restaurant authority, Kerry Tyack.
Of the Sugar Shed, the judging team said they certainly enjoyed their visit. “The coffee is well made and the menu offers a great range of choices, from light desserts to the more substantial, and it is clearly marked for various dietary requirements too.”
The judging team’s commented on the Butcher’s Shop cafe’s quaint design. “I felt like a friend arriving, not just a customer. The service was ’rural friendly’ and attentive. The standout for this café are the portion sizes—huge in fact! And last but not least, the menu promotes it is all home baking using free-range eggs.”
Takanini’s Friend of the Farmer Cafe also won an award for Best Suburban cafe.
A further judging round now commences to identify the national winners of each category, which will be announced in February along with the supreme award—the 2018 Meadow Fresh New Zealand Café of the Year.