Aussie cafés have the chance to prove we’re home to the best café culture in the world. Supported by Café Culture Magazine, it’s set to be a fiercely- fought foodie fight – with state vs state, city vs city and hipster vs chic.
Entries for Australian Café of the Year are open from now through to 18 August, and the team behind the competition are calling for big, medium and artisanal players to throw their hat in the ring and compete for the glory of being crowned number one in the country.
Competing cafés simply need to register, then create a dish on their menu featuring ingredients from the Heinz and Don ranges – options include pulled pork, bacon, chipolatas, chorizo, baked beans and the new Heinz condiments range (chefs can be as creative in the kitchen as they like – one past entry included Heinz Baked Beanz broken down and transformed into gnocchi!).
21 regional finalists (three from each of the seven competition regions) will be selected via public voting, which will run between 1 September and 9 October. Café patrons will be encouraged to vote for their favourite café with ‘lucky dip’ cash prizes on offer for participation.
A panel of expert judges will decide the regional winners and Supreme Winner based on a variety of criteria including customer service, café atmosphere, and the quality of the signature dish entered.
The seven regional winners from around the country will receive $1,000 each along with a Heinz prize pack.
The Supreme Winner will claim the title of Australian Café of the Year, taking home bragging rights and a Renault Clio RS200 Sport.
If you think your café has the right ingredients to be named Australian Café of the Year, visit http://www.cafeoftheyear.com.au/ to register.