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Connecticut Specialty Food Award Winners

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Each year the Connecticut Specialty Food Association honors entrepreneurs that produce specialty foods in Connecticut.  There are over thirty food categories that are judged on their taste/flavor, texture, aroma, and appearance/color.  A panel of 20 judges from local media personalities to chefs and food writers are assigned to review certain food categories.

Jones Winery, Shelton

This year Fairfield County and Litchfield Hills won many accolades and awards in most of the categories including Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen being awarded the 2013 Wine Product of the Year.  For a complete list of what products won and where to purchase the products start with a visit to www.ctspecialtyfoods.org.

Below is a list of winners from Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County

2013 Wine Product of the Year

Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

Cayuga White, 2010

CT Grown

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

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

Grain

1st Place                      Ola! Foods, Norwalk, CT

Ola! Granola – Cranberry Orange Pecan

2nd Place                     Ola! Foods, Norwalk, CT

Ola! Granola – Vanilla Almond

Hors d’Oeuvre

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

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

Oil

2nd Place                     Chiappetta Olive Oil, LLC, Stamford, CT

Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Organic

2nd Place                     Gourganics Salsa & Simmer Sauce, Fairfield, CT

Gourganics Mild Salsa

Packaging

2nd Place                     Krazy for Kazu’s, Inc., Falls Village, CT

Quinoa Miso Spread

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

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

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

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

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

Wine – Dry Red

1st Place                      Jones Winery, Shelton, CT

Cabernet Franc, 2010

2nd Place                     Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT

St. Croix, 2008

Wine – Dry White

1st Place                      Sunset Meadow Vineyards, Goshen, CT Cayuga White, 2010

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

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