Lismore foodies win awards
Making chilli sauces for family and friends at Christmas time has grown into an award winning business for Louise and Andrew Nicholson.
Their Lismore based business, Blue Kitchen gourmet foods, recently won a silver and a bronze medal at the Sydney Regional Fine Food Show for their Middle Eastern preserved lemons and harissa (a type of chilli paste). They then followed that up with another silver for the preserved lemons and a bronze for their Davidson Plum Jam at the Mudgee Fine Food Show, which is considered to be the premier regional food competition in Australia.
It's not the first time they have been awarded for their products, winning a national award for their green curry paste in 2004 soon after the business started.
Louise said the awards not only helped them promote their products, but it made all the effort they put in seem worthwhile.
She said the Northern Rivers was producing exceptional quality food and there was a very supportive network amongst 'foodie' businesses.
Other local winners at the Sydney Regional Fine Food Show included Summerland Olives from Casino, who won a gold for their sun dried black olives with sweet chilli and lime. There were also awards for The Byron Bay Chilli Company from Federal, The Madura Tea Company from Murwillumbah, Newrybar's Epicurean Provedores, Saghtar Fine Foods from Brooklet, Casino's All the Best Fine Foods, Lennox Head's Australian Bush Spices, Byron Bay's Brookfarm, Nicholson Fine Foods from Yamba and the Byron Bay Coffee Company from Bangalow.