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21 March 2011

Winners of the 2011 Eat In Produce Awards

Eat In magazine recently announced the winners of their annual fresh produce awards.

The Drift Organic Farm outside Napier. The Drift Organic Farm outside Napier.

Eat In believes in a sense of sharing and community, of celebration of people and produce, of artistry and story-telling. It’s a privilege to have the producers share their labours of love with us. – Anelde Greeff, Eat In Executive Editor.

Eat In magazine is the essential guide to all the best fresh produce suppliers in South Africa. This annual magazine includes over 850 suppliers of South African produce – and includes anything and everything, from the best olive oils and homemade cheese to the best farm stalls and bakeries.

Each year, the Eat In Produce Awards' judges are hard at work trying to find the best possible quality produce and products across a variety of categories for the annual SAB Eat In Produce Awards, and 2011 has already turned out to be a bumper year.

Local food gurus Justine Drake, Pete Goffe-Wood, Michelle Barry and Anna Trapido judged this year's finalists and were spoilt for choice with the variety and quality available.

'Eat In believes in a sense of sharing and community, of celebration of people and produce, of artistry and story-telling,' explains Anelde Greeff, Executive Director of Eat In. 'It's a privilege to have the producers share their labours of love with us.'

Best New Product went to Totally Wild Aloe & Baobab Juice while Kimilili's Witzenberger Cheese walked off with the Best Organic Product Award. The Small Produce Award for Dairy went to Swissland St Maure Cheese. The Foodbarn’s rye and ciabatta breads got the thumbs up in the Small Produce department for Best Bakery.

Enaleni Farm outside Pietermaritzburg nabbed the South African Heritage Award and for good reason: the farm keeps a range of endangered Zulu sheep and a herd of Nguni cattle while also growing rare varieties of maize.

In the Best Markets category, Johannesburg's Braeside Meat Market and the Pretoria Boeremark came up trumps, as did Cape Town's Neighbourhoods Market. Everfresh La Lucia and The Food Market, both in Durban, also received honours in this category.

The Drift Organic Farm outside the small town of Napier in the Overberg took home the Small Produce Award. This boutique family farm produces herbs, grapes, vegetables and olives according to organic principles.