New Zealand Café of the Year

NZ Café of the Year is back! Register your café now

Will it be trendy treats or unpretentious eats that take out the title in 2014?

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Wattie's Meadow Fresh

Kiwis love their cafés

From bustling and busy to rustic and relaxing, café culture has a special place in the lives of New Zealanders everywhere.

So for the third year running, and with the help of café lovers from all around the country, we’re searching for NZ’s number one café. Could it be yours?

Why enter

The prestige

A chance to be 1 of 6 Café of the Year winners (1 per region) plus the opportunity to be crowned the supreme winner and take home the much coveted title of NZ’s number one café!

The perks

Participating gives staff a sense of pride and purpose that’s great for business – it’s also a great opportunity to engage with loyal customers.

The publicity

All cafés that enter will be profiled in our NZ Café of the Year smartphone app, designed to provide café lovers with a comprehensive guide to the country’s top eateries. On registering you’ll also receive an online recipe feature on the NZ Café of the Year website, and numerous cafés will be profiled on the NZ Café of the Year Facebook page.

The prizes

In addition to the regional title, winners will receive thousands of dollars in Wattie's and Goodman Fielder product! The Supreme winner will also be awarded a Renault Clio RS200 worth $40,990!

How to enter

To submit an entry, all you have to do is click the Register button below.

Then create a Qualifying Dish that will be served on your café menu, which includes one of the following: Canned Corn, Beetroot, Tomatoes, Black Doris Plums and/or Frozen Avocado and one of the following Meadow Fresh products: Cream, Buttermilk, Cream Cheese, Yoghurt, Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese and/or Crème Fraiche

Please note that the dish MUST be submitted by August 25 to qualify for the competition.

How to win

To take out the title, you’ll need to get creative

18 regional finalist cafés will be selected via public voting between 8 September and 27 October, and if you’re keen to be among them you’ll need to do everything you can to gather votes!

On 26 August we’ll send all café entrants a competition package full of store signage, stickers, table talkers and more to get you started. Ensure it’s all on show by 8 September, when voting opens – it’ll help inspire your customers to cast their votes and get you one step closer to the top of the table.

A select panel of expert judges will rate the finalist cafés based on a range of criteria including service, atmosphere, overall appearance and the quality of the signature dish entered. Now’s a great time to get a head start on the competition by making sure everything’s running smoothly and looking (as well as tasting) fantastic.

Regional NZ Café of the Year winners will be announced 4 December, followed by the unveiling of the Supreme Winner – who’ll be awarded the title and top prize!


The NZ Café of the Year Smartphone App

When you register for this year's competition, your café will automatically be included in the new NZ Café of the Year smartphone app! It's a directory of all the country's top cafés, and designed to drive customers directly to your door in search of new eating experiences.

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