Specialty Food Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 30, 2015

Contact:          Tricia Levesque, CT Specialty Food Association

Tricia@ctfoodassociation.org or 860-216-4055

2015 CT Specialty Food Product Awards Announced

Hartford, CT – The CT Specialty Food Association (CSFA) held it’s fourteenth Product Awards Competition on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville.  One hundred seventy-nine specialty food items from Connecticut-based manufacturers were entered into 33 categories, with hopes of receiving the prestigious honor of CSFA Product Award Winner 2015.   A complete list of Tuesday’s winners appears below.

A panel of 24 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 30 different products.

Categories included breads, cheese, chocolate, CT Grown, dessert, gluten-free, ice cream, jam, pasta sauce, salad dressing, savory condiments, snack food, syrup, and many others.   We also proudly included a variety of wines produced here in Connecticut.  All wines were required to contain 100% CT grown fruit.  The wide array of food products featured fresh cheeses, breads, cookies, teas, many varieties of sauces, jams, relishes, flavored seeds, oils and vinegars, syrups and much, much more.

The competition was very close this year.  There were several products in the running for top honors.  It is always wonderful to see the variety of high quality foods and beverages made by Connecticut producers.  There is so much right here in our state that people aren’t aware of.  This competition showcases the best of the best in the state.  Each year new entrepreneurs approach the Association looking to showcase the outstanding products they produce alongside those that have participated in the event for years.  The products all lend themselves to special occasions, treats, or everyday meals.  They also make wonderful gifts.  There is always something to please every taste.

Purchasing products from Connecticut companies helps to fuel our local economy and create jobs here in our state, which is very important given today’s economy.  The CT Specialty Food Association Product Awards Competition is a win for everyone.  It helps Connecticut companies stay strong by showcasing the high quality foods produced here to consumers.

Consumers looking for CT specialty food products can visit www.ctspecialtyfood.org or ask for them at local markets and grocers.

CSFA is a subdivision of the CT Food Association and is a non-profit organization that represents small food businesses based in the state.  To learn more, visit www.ctfoodassociation.org or email ctfood@ctfoodassociation.org.

THE CT SPECIALTY FOOD ASSOCIATION’S

2015 PRODUCT AWARDS COMPETITION WINNERS:

2015 Food Product of the Year

Matthew’s 1812 House, Inc., Cornwall Bridge, CT

Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Cookie

2015 Wine Product of the Year

Sunset Meadow Vineyard, Goshen, CT

Blustery Blend, 2014

Aged Cheese

1st Place            Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT

Dairyere

2nd Place           Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT

Aged Bloomsday

3rd Place           Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT

Bridgid’s Abbey

Bread

1st Place            Tasty Good Eats, LLC, Bridgeport, CT

Gluten Free Onion Rye Bread

2nd Place           Tasty Good Eats, LLC, Bridgeport, CT

Gluten Free Pumpernickel Rye Bread

3rd Place           Bread Empire, Bridgeport, CT

Gluten Free Buddha Bread

Chocolate

1st Place            Bridgewater Chocolate, LLC, Brookfield, CT

Chocolate Chewy Peanut Bar

2nd Place           Bridgewater Chocolate, LLC, Brookfield, CT

Chocolate Creamy Caramels

3rd Place           Plum Brook Chocolate, Woodbury, CT

Sugar Shed Maple

Coffee/Tea

1st Place            Whole Harmony, Higganum, CT

Goj Berry Raspberry Iced Tea

2nd Place           TIE

Namttip, LLC, Georgetown, CT

Maury’s HiveWhole Leaf Green Tea w/ Granulated Honey

Simpson & Vail, Inc., Brookfield, CT

Coconut Macaroon Green Rooibos Tea

3rd Place           Simpson & Vail, Inc., Brookfield, CT

Pomegranate Detox Tea

Confection/Dessert

1st Place            Heavenly Bites, Wilton, CT

Lemon Drop Cake Bites

2nd Place           Matthew’s 1812 House, Inc., Cornwall Bridge, CT

Marzipan Cookies

3rd Place           Tasty Good Eats, LLC, Bridgeport, CT

Gluten Free Decadent Chocolate Tart

Cookie

1st Place            Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT

Molasses Cookie

2nd Place           TIE

Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT

Ginger Snap Cookie

3rd Place           Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT

Oatmeal Raisin 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           Gourganics Organic Salsa & Simmer, Fairfield, CT

Gourganics Mild Salsa

Frozen Food

1st Place            Tasty Good Eats, LLC, Bridgeport, CT

Gluten Free Scallion Cheese Rolls

2nd Place           Tasty Good Eats, LLC, Bridgeport, CT

Gluten Free Jalapeno Cheese Rolls

3rd Place           Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, LLC, Moosup CT

Turkey Pie

Gluten Free

1st Place            Matthew’s 1812 House, Inc., Cornwall Bridge, CT

Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Cookie

2nd Place           Matthew’s 1812 House, Inc., Cornwall Bridge, CT

Cranapple Cookie

3rd Place           Farm 2 Jars, LLC, Ridgefield, CT

Berry Peachy No-Grain-Ola

Ice Cream

1st Place            Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, LLC, Moosup CT

Black Current Ice Cream

2nd Place           Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, LLC, Bridgeport, CT

London Mist Ice Cream

3rd Place           TIE

Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, LLC, Bridgeport, CT

Ginger Matcha Ice Cream

Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, LLC, Bridgeport, CT

Masala Chai Ice Cream

Jam

1st Place            Winding Drive, Inc., Woodbury, CT

Black Raspberry Jam

2nd Place           Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT

Apple Pie Jam

3rd Place           Roses Berry Farm, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Oil

1st Place            Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2nd Place           Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Oregano Infused Olive Oil

3rd Place           Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Pesto Infused Olive Oil

Packaging

1st Place            Kathie’s Kitchen, LLC, North Haven, CT

SuperSeedz Product Line – Six 1oz. Bags

2nd Place           Kathie’s Kitchen, LLC, North Haven, CT

SuperSeedz Maple Sugar & Sea Salt Pumpkin Seeds

3rd Place           Simpson & Vail, Inc., Brookfield, CT

Winter Wonderland Tea

Pasta Sauce

1st Place            The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Hatch Chile Pesto

2nd Place           Chef Silvio’s of Wooster Street, Guilford, CT

Chef Silvio’s Capricciosa Sauce

3rd Place           Chef Silvio’s of Wooster Street, Guilford, CT

Chef Silvio’s Sunday 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           Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT

Dill Pickles

Relish

1st Place            Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT

Zucchini Relish

2nd Place           The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Sweet Caramelized Onions

3rd Place           Victoria Amory & Co., Greenwich, CT

Red Chili Piri Piri

Salad Dressing

1st Place            Kerry Wood Healthy Foods, Westport, CT

Ginger Carrot Dressing

2nd Place           Harry’s Bishops Corner, West Hartford, CT

Caesar Dressing

3rd Place           TIE

Harry’s Bishops Corner, West Hartford, CT

Sundried Tomato Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

Kerry Wood Healthy Foods, Westport, CT

Balsamic Parmesan Dressing

Salsa

1st Place            Gourganics Organic Salsa & Simmer, Fairfield, CT

Gourganics Spicy Salsa

2nd Place           Holmberg Orchards & Winery, Gales Ferry, CT

Salsa

3rd Place           Holmberg Orchards & Winery, Gales Ferry, CT

Peach Salsa

Savory Condiment

1st Place            Winding Drive, Inc., Woodbury, CT

Peach Mango Barbecue Sauce

2nd Place           Winding Drive, Inc., Woodbury, CT

Habanero Gold Jelly

3rd Place           Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Strawberry Balsamic Glaze

Snack Food

1st Place            Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT

Maple Kettlecorn

2nd Place           Kathie’s Kitchen, LLC, North Haven, CT

SuperSeedz Maple Sugar & Sea Salt Pumpkin Seeds

3rd Place           TIE

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT

Apple Sauce

Tasty Good Eats, LLC, Bridgeport, CT

Gluten Free Zucchini Carrot Coconut Bread

Spice/Seasoning

1st Place            Turkeywoods Farm, LLC, Mystic, CT

Garlic Ghost Sea Salt

2nd Place           Simpson & Vail, Inc., Brookfield, CT

Mulling Spice

3rd Place           Little’s Specialty Foods, Inc., New Canaan, CT

Chili Pepper Chili Seasoning Mix – Original

Sweet Topping/Syrup

1st Place            Turkeywoods Farm, LLC, Mystic, CT

Woodland Honey

2nd Place           TIE

Kathie’s Kitchen, LLC, North Haven, CT

SuperSeedz Maple Sugar & Sea Salt Pumpkin Seeds

Turkeywoods Farm, LLC, Mystic, CT

Hickory Syrup

3rd Place           Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT

Apple Butter

Tapenade

1st Place            The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Black Olive Tapenade

2nd Place           The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Chili Red Pepper Tapenade

3rd Place           TIE

The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Artichoke Parmesan Tapenade

The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Roasted Eggplant Tapenade

Vinegar

1st Place            Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Blueberry Infused Balsamic Vinegar

2nd Place           TIE

Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Pear Cinnamon Infused Balsamic Vinegar

Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Pomegranate Infused Balsamic Vinegar

3rd Place           Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Fig Infused Balsamic Vinegar

Wine – Blush

1st Place            Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Sunset Blush, 2013

Wine – Dessert

1st Place            Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT

Ice Wine, 2013

*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

Midnight Ice, 2013

3rd Place           Jones Winery, Shelton, CT

Seven Generations, NV

Wine – Dry Red

1st Place            Jones Winery, Shelton, CT

Cabernet Franc, 2012

2nd Place           Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

New Dawn, 2012

3rd Place           Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT

Lemberger, 2012

Wine – Dry White

1st Place            Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Cayuga White, 2013

2nd Place           Preston Ridge Vineyard, Preston, CT

Estate Vidal Blanc, 2013

3rd Place           Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT

Vineyard Reserve, 2013

Wine – Fruit

1st Place            Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Celebration, NV

2nd Place           Jones Winery, Shelton, CT

Harvest Time, NV

3rd Place           TIE

Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Apple Raspberry Blush, NV

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Enchanted Apple, 2013

Wine – Fruit/Sparkling

1st Place            Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Rubus Nightfall, 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           Holmberg Orchards &Winery, Gales Ferry, CT

Macintosh Hard Cider, 2013

Wine – Other White

1st Place            Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Blustery Blend, 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

Vidal Blanc, 2013

3rd Place           Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT

Westwind, 2013

Wine – Rosé

1st Place            Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Rosé, 2013

Wine – Sparkling

1st Place            Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston, CT

Gold Label Sparkling Wine, NV

2nd Place           Holmberg Orchards &Winery, Gales Ferry, CT

Bubbly Blanc, 2013

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