Marisa Bidois, chief executive of Restaurant Association Marisa Bidois said café culture in New Zealand is as strong as ever and it’s great to see cafes across the country entering the competition.
“New Zealanders are passionate about our café culture and have become wise about where to get the best flat white and bite to eat in town,” said Bidois.
One winner is selected in each of the four categories, Best Metro/CBD, Best Suburban, Best Rural and Classic Kiwi, from which the supremem winner of Café of the Year for 2016 is chosen.
This year, 703 cafés entered to try and take the title from last year’s Supreme winner, Ironic Café in Dunedin.
A full list of entrants can be found on the 2016 Café of the Year website www.nzcafeoftheyear.co.nz.