The hunt it on to find New Zealand’s best coffee shop in the inaugural New Zealand Café of the Year competition.
New Zealand boasts more than 3,000 cafeé spanning Cape Reinga to Bluff and entries are now being accepted to determine which will be crowned the country’s best.
Cafés can register online for the competition and cafe-goers will soon be able to vote for their favourite via text, online or Facebook.
Fifteen finalists will be chosen on the basis of the most votes gained in each of the five regions: upper, central and lower North Island and upper and lower South Island.
Cafés are judged on appearance, atmosphere, staff, meals and overall experience, and the winning business will be announced in November.
Marisa Bidois, Chief Executive of the Restaurant Association, says that the café culture is a big part of our lives.
“New Zealanders love the ritual of going to their local café,” she said. “Going out with family or friends for Sunday brunch is as part of being Kiwi as the Sunday Roast.”
“No matter if you’re in Putaruru or Penrose, Hokitika or the Hokianga, your cafe has a chance to win.”
More information available at www.nzcafeoftheyear.co.nz.