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2013 CT Specialty Food Product Awards Announced

HARTFORD–The CT Specialty Food Association (CSFA) held it’s twelfth Product Awards Competition on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville.  One hundred eighty-four specialty food items from Connecticut-based manufacturers were entered into 35 categories, with hopes of receiving the prestigious honor of CSFA Product Award Winner 2013.   A complete list of Wednesday’s winners appears below. 

A panel of 20 judges consisting of local media personalities, food writers, chefs from the CT Department of Agriculture’s Farm-to-Chef Program, and wine specialists scored products on overall taste/flavor, texture, aroma, and appearance/color.  Each judge was assigned to specific categories, responsible for evaluating an average of approximately 30 different products.

Categories included breads, cheese, CT Grown, dessert, gluten-free, ice cream, jam, organic, pasta sauce, salad dressing, savory condiments, snack food, 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, cookies, honey, many varieties of sauce, jams, relishes, flavored seeds, oils and vinegars, syrups and much, much more.

“It is always amazing to see the variety of high quality foods and beverages made by producers right here in Connecticut,” said Tricia Levesque, CSFA Director.  “This competition showcases the best of the best in the state.  Each year we seem to find new entrepreneurs looking to showcase the outstanding products they produce.  The products all lend themselves to special occasions, treats, or an everyday meal.  They also make wonderful gifts.  There is always something for everyone.”

“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,” Ms. Levesque continued.  “It really is a win-win for everyone – consumers get the best quality foods available and Connecticut companies stay strong.”

Consumers looking for CT specialty food products can visit www.ctspecialtyfood.org and 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

CT Specialty Food Association: 2013 Product Awards Competition Winners

2013 Food Product of the Year

Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

2013 Wine Product of the Year

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Cayuga White, 2010

 

Aged Cheese

1st Place

Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT

Dairyere

2nd Place - TIE

Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT

Bloomsday

Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT

Vivace

3rd Place

Cato Corner Farm, LLC, Colchester, CT

Black Ledge Blue

 

Bread

1st Place

Storye Bread, Glastonbury, CT

Fine Rye

2nd Place

Storye Bread, Glastonbury, CT

Classic Rye

3rd Place

Storye Bread, Glastonbury, CT

Fine Rye with Fruit & Nuts

 

Cookie

1st Place

Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT

PB & C

2nd Place           

Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookie

3rd Place - TIE

Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT

Lemon Cookie

Rachel’s Cookies & Treats, Plainville, CT

Sugar Cookie

 

CT Grown

1st Place - TIE

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT

Apple Cider

Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT

Strawberry Jam

2nd Place            - TIE

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT

Apple Butter

Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT

Pear with Honey Ginger Jam

3rd Place

White Oak Farm & Table, Westport, CT 

Apple Jalapeno Finishing Sauce

 

Dessert

1st Place

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT

Apple Cider Donuts

2nd Place

Sixpence Pie Company, LLC, Southington, CT

Banana Cream Pie

3rd Place           

Sixpence Pie Company, LLC, Southington, CT

Apple Pie

 

Frozen Food

1st Place           

Sixpence Pie Company, LLC, Southington, CT

Chicken Pot Pie

2nd Place           

Sixpence Pie Company, LLC, Southington, CT

Shepard’s Pie

 

Gluten Free

1st Place

El’s Kitchen, Stratford, CT

Medleys Original Snack Mix

2nd Place           

El’s Kitchen, Stratford, CT

Medleys Sour Cream & Onion Snack Mix

3rd Place

Shayna B’s & the Pickle, Ashford, CT

Coconut Bliss Cake

 

Grain

1st Place

Ola! Foods, Norwalk, CT

Ola! Granola – Cranberry Orange Pecan

2nd Place           

Ola! Foods, Norwalk, CT

Ola! Granola – Vanilla Almond

 

Honey

1st Place

Tiezzi Imports, LLC, Chester, CT

Tutti Amici Wildflower Honey

2nd Place           

Tiezzi Imports, LLC, Chester, CT

Tutti Amici Clover Honey

3rd Place - TIE

Tiezzi Imports, LLC, Chester, CT

Tutti Amici Acacia Honey

Tiezzi Imports, LLC, Chester, CT

Tutti Amici Chestnut Honey

 

Hors d’Oeuvre

1st Place

Sixpence Pie Company, LLC, Southington, CT

Mini Pasties

2nd Place

J.F. Food Concepts, Inc./Fortuna Food Products, Burlington, CT

Fresh Fortuna’s Bruschetta – Mild

3rd Place           

J.F. Food Concepts, Inc./Fortuna Food Products, Burlington, CT

Fresh Fortuna’s Bruschetta – Original

 

Hot Sauce

1st Place

Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT

Spiced Tomato Spread

2nd Place           

Saha Sauces, LLC, Newtown, CT

Chipotle Harissa

3rd Place - TIE

El Peka Foods, LLC, New London, CT

Miss Hortencia’s Original Mexican Hot Sauce

Giff’s Original, LLC, Cheshire, CT

Hot & Spicy Cooking Sauce

 

Ice Cream

1st Place - TIE

Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, Norwalk, CT

Chunky London Mist

Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, Norwalk, CT

Masala Chai

2nd Place  - TIE

Figo Brands, Inc., Westport, CT

Forte Gelato Chocolate

Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, Norwalk, CT

Ginger Matcha

3rd Place

Tea-rrific! Ice Cream, Norwalk, CT

London Mist

 

Jam

1st Place

Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT

Blueberry Limón cello

2nd Place

Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT

Raspberry Chocolate Jam

3rd Place

White Oak Farm & Table, Westport, CT

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

 

Non-Alcoholic Beverage

1st Place - TIE

Raus Coffee Company, Stamford, CT

Cold Roman Coffee Beverage

Raus Coffee Company, Stamford, CT

Roman Kiss Coffee Beverage

2nd Place           

Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, Branford, CT

Ethiopia Yrgacheffe Kochere Grade 1 Coffee

 

Oil

1st Place

Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2nd Place

Chiappetta Olive Oil, LLC, Stamford, CT

Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3rd Place

Tiezzi Imports, LLC, Chester, CT

Tutti Amici Olive Oil

 

Organic

1st Place

Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, Branford, CT

Sumatra Mandheling Fair Trade & Organic Coffee

2nd Place

Gourganics Salsa & Simmer Sauce, Fairfield, CT

Gourganics Mild Salsa

 

Packaging

1st Place

Giff’s Original, LLC, Cheshire, CT

Jalapeno Pepper Relish

2nd Place           

Krazy for Kazu’s, Inc., Falls Village, CT

Quinoa Miso Spread

 

Pasta Sauce

1st Place

Chef Silvio’s of Wooster Street, Guilford, CT

Chef Silvio’s Fradiavolo Sauce

2nd Place           

Frank’s Marinara, Amston, CT

Frank’s Fradiavolo Sauce

3rd Place

Capa di Roma, East Hartford, CT

Capa di Roma Three Cheese Marinara Sauce

 

Relish

1st Place

Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT

Sugar Free Zucchini Relish

2nd Place           

Killam & Bassette Farmstead, LLC, South Glastonbury, CT

Zucchini Relish

3rd Place

Southern Relishes, LLC, West Haven, CT

Sweet & Spicy Relish

 

Salad Dressing

1st Place

Kerry Wood Healthy Foods, Westport, CT

Tuscany

2nd Place           

Krazy for Kazu’s, Inc., Falls Village, CT

Japanese Style Ginger Dressing

3rd Place

Kerry Wood Healthy Foods, Westport, CT

Ginger Carrot

 

Salsa

1st Place

Gourganics Salsa & Simmer Sauce, Fairfield, CT

Gourganics Spicy Salsa

2nd Place

Giff’s Original, LLC, Cheshire, CT

Garden Vegetable Salsa

 

Savory Condiment

1st Place

Krazy for Kazu’s, Inc., Falls Village, CT

Stir Fry Barbecue Sauce

2nd Place   - TIE

The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Hatch Chile Pesto

White Oak Farm & Table, Westport, CT 

Honey Mustard Crunch Mustard

3rd Place

White Oak Farm & Table, Westport, CT 

Champagne Dill Mustard

 

Savory Spread

1st Place

Winding Drive Corp., Woodbury, CT

Habanero Gold Jelly

2nd Place

The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Rosemary Pear Spread

3rd Place           

The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Fig Almond Spread

 

Snack Food

1st Place

Bishop’s Orchards Farm Market, Guilford, CT

Maple Kettlecorn

2nd Place   - TIE

Kathie’s Kitchen, LLC, North Haven, CT

Superseedz – Sea Salt

Oats Granola, Westport, CT

Oats Granola Vanilla Almond

3rd Place

Oats Granola, Westport, CT

Oats Granola Toasted Coconut

 

Sweet Topping

1st Place - TIE

The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT

French Caramel Cream with Pecans

The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT

Fresh Summer Berry

The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT

Hot Fudge Cream

2nd Place           

The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

3rd Place

The Purple Pear by Tina, Willington, CT

French Caramel Cream

 

Syrup

1st Place

Turkeywoods Farm, LLC, Mystic, CT

Strawberry Syrup

2nd Place           

Turkeywoods Farm, LLC, Mystic, CT

 Hickory Nut Syrup

3rd Place

Turkeywoods Farm, LLC, Mystic, CT

Blueberry Syrup

 

Tapenade

1st Place

The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Black Olive Tapenade

2nd Place           

The Gracious Gourmet, Bridgewater, CT

Artichoke Parmesan Tapenade

3rd Place

White Oak Farm & Table, Westport, CT 

 Artichoke Spinach Tapenade

 

Vinegar

1st Place

Capa di Roma, East Hartford, CT

Balsamic Vinegar

2nd Place           

Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

3rd Place

Ariston Specialties, LLC, Bloomfield, CT

Plum Condiment Vinegar

 

Wine - Blush

1st Place

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Sunset Blush, 2010

2nd Place           

Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Amazing Grace

 

Wine - Dessert

1st Place

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Midnight Ice, 2010

2nd Place           

Taylor Brooke Winery, LLC, Woodstock, CT

Corot Noir, 2011

3rd Place

Taylor Brooke Winery, LLC, Woodstock, CT

Woodstock Valley Red, 2010

 

Wine – Dry Red

 

1st Place

Jones Winery, Shelton, CT

Cabernet Franc, 2010

2nd Place

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

St. Croix, 2008

3rd Place

Jonathan Edwards Winery, North Stonington, CT

Cabernet Franc, 2011

 

Wine – Dry White

1st Place

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Cayuga White, 2010

2nd Place           

Taylor Brooke Winery, LLC, Woodstock, CT

Wine Dog 1, 2011

3rd Place

Taylor Brooke Winery, LLC, Woodstock, CT

Woodstock Hill White, 2011

 

Wine - Fruit

 

1st Place

Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Hyland Red

2nd Place   - TIE

Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Celebration

Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Honey Peach Melba

3rd Place

Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Happily Impeared

 

Wine – Other White

1st Place

Jones Winery, Shelton, CT

Woodland White, 2011

2nd Place           

Bishop’s Orchards Winery, Guilford, CT

Hard Cider – Semi-Sweet

3rd Place

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Blustery Blend, 2010

 

Wine - Rosé

1st Place

Taylor Brooke Winery, LLC, Woodstock, CT

St. Croix Rosé, 2011

2nd Place           

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Rosé, 2011

3rd Place

Jones Winery, Shelton, CT

Rosé of Cabernet Franc, 2011

CONNECTICUT FOOD ASSOCIATIONL Visit us at www.ctfoodassociation.org

Be good to the land and the land will be good to you.

Philip James JONES, FARM FOUNDER, 1821-1912