Two Brown Men wins the 2023 Nowra Local Food Hero Award

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What people who nominated and voted TWO BROWN MEN love about the business
Morto
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Nice Fresh Food great variety of choices to choose from & have like the ones i have tried!
Natasha
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This is one of the great places to have Indian or local food in Nowra. Quality and Quantity both of them are taken cadre over here
Shubham
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Authentic Food and Quality is very Good
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Shannon
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best and freshest food. top quality and large serves
Ruchita
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Love the quality of the food. Good people and hard working
Holly
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Amazing Food and Amazing Service! Love the style of food they have brought to the Shoalhaven.
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Amy G
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They have the best food, always friendly and smiling. Food is a great price and just an excellent all round experience.
Stacey
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These guys are very friendly and welcoming and their food is amazing
Charmaine
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Best butter chicken and service in town.
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Krisha
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Because the food is really good
Sharon Crump
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Very tasty food and friendly staff and good chips gravy chicken burger
The best Indian food on the South Coast!
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Matt
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Food is boss, atmosphere is boss
Mushtaq Mohammed
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Great food and lovely people
CAROLYN KING
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Great Food.... it is a Gastronomy Delight.. Fantastic Atmosphere...its a great place to Dine in with Friends and Family and its OPEN LATE. . LOTS OF FOOD CHOICES... CHEFS willing to assist and help with all queries.
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Ayush
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The best food around town
Dharampal singh
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Best worth and quality of the food. Unique food options with distinctive menu to choose from.
Neelam bishnoi
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Amazing fusion food. Authentic street style delicacies with lovely environment and vibe pf the place.
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Amazing food
Ray
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Great food
Jardeen
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The atmosphere at this restaurant is incomparable. The love and passion that they put into their food and customer service is so heart warming. Their food reflects their love for food and their community!
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Sean
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Great food great atmosphere and excellent staff customer service
Amazing food
Jardeen
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The atmosphere at this restaurant is incomparable. The love and passion that they put into their food and customer service is so heart warming. Their food reflects their love for food and their community!
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Other Contestants
The 2023 Nowra Local Food Hero Award

What people who nominated and voted "café Rene" love about the business
Janette
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Best food in town. The nicest staff
Tara Miller
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Amanda, Mark and the team at The Cafe Rene are exceptional. Hands down the best cafe in the south coast. From there hard work to food, service and coffee they truely deserve this award. Every time I visit this cafe I am made to feel at home.
Mark Fisher
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Great coffee and food at an affordable price.
Simon
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Delicious food and friendly staff
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Kylie M
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Amazing food and service
Keira Hitchcock
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Amazing food, amazing staff and amazing service. So friendly and work so hard to make a welcoming environment to everyone and all.
Simon Fisher
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Great food and lovely staff
Jade
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You are always greeted with a smile, they have the friendliest staff and the best food. It really is like you are part of the family when you visit cafe rene.
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Clare
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Best service, best coffee, best food in Nowra
Sandy
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Food is always fresh, staff are welcoming and the coffee is sensational!
Chris
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Always have pleasant staff and amazing food. Never had a bad experience there
Kellie
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"Food is the freshest . Fast and clean. Wonder customer service with a smile . So well organised ".
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Jess
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Such a yummy selection of food, especially love the Anzac caramel slice! Friendly vibes and such lovely staff! Always visit this wonderful cafe when I’m in town!
Courtney
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Their food and drinks are amazing all the people are lovely.
Kristy
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Staff are always friendly, great service, great food and great coffee!
Tracey
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Best Breakfast on south coast
Belinda
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The homemade food and friendly service
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Jade Miller
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So many food options, amazing staff, spectacular food, so efficient!!
Simone
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Good value and top quality delicious food. Excellent friendly staff.
Mark Fisher
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Great coffee and food at an affordable price.
Sharon
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Beautiful fresh food that caters for everyone
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Kane B.
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The service and food is above and beyond
Tayla
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They have a great variety of food, very quick serving & all staff are all so lovely!
Shane
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Great coffee and food at an affordable price.
Simone
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Delicious food and great service
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Bonnie
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Fresh and diverse range of home made foods daily. Amazing service.
Sueann
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Food always fresh and staff are very pleasant
Tara
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This business is such a success! As soon as you walk in you feel at home with great service, amazing food and exceptional coffee. The staff are so lovely and go above and beyond to ensure there guests are looked after. Best cafe down the coast by far! Amanda the owner had done a remarkable job with the place and services they offer! They deserve this award
Gary
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Good food, good coffee, friendly service
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Kat bagnall
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Delicious food reasonable prices amazing customer service. Best in Nowra ⭐️
Jess Molloy
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Caffe Rene serves wholesome yummy food made with love. All staff members work so hard and bring a smile to each customers face. Ps the Anzac caramel slice is life changing!!!!
Jess Anderson
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The Cafe Rene have amazing customer service and food. They are always welcoming when entering their store and they go above and beyond.
Charlz
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Great service & food
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Belinda
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The owner is an exceptional and hard working business woman. She goes above and beyond to produce wonderful food and a lovely, friendly, warm environment to sit and have a bite to eat and a coffee.
Nerice
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Fresh dishes that are cooked in house
Shelly
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The most amazing, freshly cooked massive variety of food at an affordable prize. The service is friendly, homely and always welcoming.
Cheryl
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Never a bad meal friendly staff and service great
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Jessica
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The food, coffee and staff are always amazing !!!!
Patricia
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Exceptional coffee and food, they remember you from previous visits always very welcoming, and will say goodbye as you leave, service is always with a smile
Shelly
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The most amazing, freshly cooked massive variety of food at an affordable prize. The service is friendly, homely and always welcoming.
Jody
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Staff are all lovely and very friendly and the food is delicious.
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What people who nominated and voted "Wandering WoodFire Oven" love about the business
Kim
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"The shoalhavens first moblie pizza oven. Works hard. Uses local produce. Works with lots of local vendors. Is a part of Shoalhaven food network. Eats and beats coordinator "
Amit Patel
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Great service, delicious pizzas super value
Amit Patel
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Best pizza and a great team
Jim
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Best pizzas in town!
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Katie Townsend
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"Great product Reliable and durable Wonderful staff"
Neil
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Absolutely the best feed we have had in a while, pizza are 👌and the side they do are to die for mmmm
Because it is the best
Great Food. Great People
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Always great food and do lots of community work.
Kay Y
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I voted for this business because they’re an extremely hard working family run business who set a great example for other business’s in our community. Helping out others when they can and over all great people. Can’t forget to mention the delicious food they provide too!
Amy
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They are incredible at what they do, amazing food, amazing customer service
Rhonda Price
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These guy's food and customer service go above and beyond. Nothing is too much trouble. They go out of their way to please. The pizzas are amazing and always served with a smile.
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Zane Gibson
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Great service and best woodfire pizzas in the Shoalhaven
Emily
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Lovely owners and their food is always amazing
Batch
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Consistent tasty food with a smile each and every time!
Lachlan
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We have theses guys do multiple functions, always plenty of food and a good spread to cover all bases. Nice friendly staff
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TT
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Wes, Mary and their team are super friendly, food is amazing and a great variety . Nothing is ever a problem
Liz
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Great food and always fantastic service
Hayley
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Great food and lovely people
Donna Stubbs
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BEST PIZZA IN TOWN.GREAT SERVICE FRIENDLY STAFF
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Tim
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Never had a bad experience, great food and the team running it are super friendly!
Ash
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Wes, Mary, Bridie and their team are the very best. They always treat every customer like family and always serve up the best quality food. Nothing beats a Wandering Woodfired Pizza!
Wes
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Best Pizza
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What people who nominated and voted "A Touch of Charm" love about the business
Alicia
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Charmaine’s products are very fresh and delicious. She is professional and very lovely to talk to.
Kate
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Its a excellent local business, Owner is super friendly and very welcoming. She helps out as much as she can. Love this business
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Ash
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Always amazing to deal with, lovely produce, great customer service, great prices and a absolute beautiful soul.
Pat
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Local produce grown from home
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Charmaine
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It’s my business and I love it with a passion. I love the idea of fresh local produce and being able to provide for the people of Nowra, friends and my family is the ultimate. I’d love one day to be bigger but for now my backyard provides bountiful, homegrown treasures.
Janine
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Charmaine is such a lovely lady .Nothing is too much for her .She creates the most beautiful bouquets of flowers ,big or small and for any occasion.
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Catherine Kaye
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They have beautiful quality products and great service
Belle Pearce
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Charmaine does the most amazing fresh flowers and always provides service with a smile 😊
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Angela Hazell
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Charming flowers and fresh produce.
Pat
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Love being able to buy home grown food in my neighbourhood
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s
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She is an amazing hard working woman
Elisa Hunter
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I love the beautiful home grown and home-made quality!
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Roger
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A wonderful seller bringing the delights of the backyard to everyone
Sineah Ellis
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Beautiful home grown produce!!
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What people who nominated and voted "Kings Porker BBQ & Catering" love about the business
Katrina Harris
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Amazing options For vegetarians!
Matt
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Have had kings porker a few times and customer service is awesome and food is brilliant
Sarah
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"So much love and passion goes into the food at kings Porker which you can taste in every bite. Unique flavours that water in your mouth! "
Monique Gale
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Exceptional staff and food with a completely different range/style of food that’s never really been available in the Shoalhaven.
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Krystal
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Amazing food, outstanding customer service
Hannah
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I have used this company for an event and they were so professional and the food was just amazing! I would definitely book them again for my next event and would recommend them to anyone!
Pete France
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It is refreshing to have the interaction with the creator, product developer, the story teller and an authentic great guy.
Clare
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"Best food and fresh. Ja us amazing at how he does his flavours My 12 year old loves his wings."
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Sarah
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Delicious and unique flavours all made through love, passion and dedication!
Monique
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Some of the best food I’ve had on the south coast, the food is just so different from anything we have here, it taste as if it was homemade with love and the owner and staff are extremely friendly.
Sarah
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Jacks customer service is always on point
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Natasha
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Absolutely mouth watering food
Kai Ashby
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Because their food is great. Jay puts in a lot of work in to the food he makes
Ange
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The food is ALWAYS amazing!! Great guy with a great little fam. Always greeted with a big smile to match the big flavour.
Maree Youssef
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They are dedicated and put in a lot of work.
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Jeff
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Great food
Ben
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Honest, great tasting smoked meat and home made food, everything is fresh and excellently priced. A credit to the Shoalhaven
Eleanor
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Real food made fresh with passion. REAL flavours, high quality and truly unique offering. Staff are so passionate and kind.
Katrina
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Great family run business, always offers to help when other caterers think a job is too small. Loves a chat. Food is amazeballs! BBQ that caters for vegans
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Chev
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Mouth melting
Fiona
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They are a great local business, Jay is a superstar owner with great customer service skills and the knack for cooking delicious yummy food, every order is exceptional!
Mitch cummins
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Best smoked food around
Mitch
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They deserve to win because the only thing better than their menu is their service
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Chloe
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The food is amazing and has lots of flavour. And the service is always great
Fiona
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Jack goes above and beyond to always make his customers happy. His love and passion for food really shines through the great unique tastes and experiences.
Jade
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The smoked meats are amazing, and jay always makes you feel welcome,
Jay
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They do amazing food & sauces & beef jerky
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Celebrating excellence among local food businesses

At Food Markies, we believe in supporting the amazing small food businesses that work hard every day to provide quality food and make Nowra region a great place to live or visit. We are so fortunate to have amazing food business in our region and now is a perfect opportunity to nominate your favourite small, local food producer, baker, artisan, or restaurant that provides excellent food with outstanding customer service. The 5 businesses that receive the highest number of nominations will be in the running to win our LOCAL FOOD HERO title.

By nominating a Local Food Hero, you’ll be helping your nominee gain the recognition they deserve and promoting a culture of excellence in our local food industry. 

To be eligible for nomination, the food business must 

  • Be based in the following local council areas Bomaderry, North Nowra, West Nowra, East Nowra, South Nowra and Worrigee
  • Involved in local food production, service or distribution.
  • have fewer than 15 employees and
  • not be a franchise.
What's the take home?

Harry from Drummerboy Pictures at Kangaroo Valley has partnered with us sponsor fantastic prizes for the winner. The winner of the Local Food Hero title will receive

 
  • One hour photography shoot with Harry from Drummerboy Pictures, capturing what they do, their staff or clients, product shots and aerial imagery. From this shoot, a 20-30 image photo gallery will be presented. All images will be tailored for social media and online marketing.
  • An online shop on Food Markies- a platform that allows local food businesses to sell their products locally- plus a $500 grant to cover sales cost and transaction fees on our platform for up to a year.
  • The winner will also receive a portable Local Food Hero testimonial banner. This portable banner will display a collection of things voters love about the winning business, serving as a reminder of what they are doing right and encouraging them to keep up the good work. Displaying the banner in-store or at events can also help the winner build credibility and trust with potential new customers in the community.

Nominate your favourite local food business for the chance to win a Food Markies hamper, and let’s celebrate Nowra’s Food Hero together! 

Also, don’t forget to tell a friend in Nowra about this award.

How to Nominate your local hero

Nominations form link will go live on May 1, 2023. 

Save the date! 

Sponsors & SUPPORTERS OF THIS INITIATIVE

Food Markies is a local online market promoting a local food system that benefits all.

Drummerboy Pictures is all about film & photography capturing the rhythm of life.

Triple U FM is the Shoalhaven’s community radio station broadcasting across the south coast of New South Wales.

Terms and conditions

Terms and condition

Please read the following terms and conditions before submitting your nomination:

Eligibility: The Local Food Hero event is open to small local food growers, bakers, makers, and restaurants in Nowra. Franchises and businesses with over 15 staff are excluded.

Nomination: Nominations can be submitted online by anyone over 18 residing in Nowra. Nominators must provide the business’s name, a short description of why they believe it deserves the Local Food Hero title and the business’s contact information. We will use this information to verify that all nominees meet the criteria for eligibility.

Verification: All nominations will be verified for eligibility and authenticity. Food Markies reserve the right to reject nominations that do not meet the eligibility criteria or do not provide sufficient information.

Voting: A poll will be created on Food Markies website with the list of eligible nominees. Anyone can vote for their favourite nominee once during the voting period. The voting period will be announced on our website and social media channels.

Winner selection: The nominee with the highest number of votes at the end of the voting period will be declared the Local Food Hero title winner. 

Prizes: The winner of the Local Food Hero title will receive prizes sponsored Food Markies and other partnering organisations. The prizes are non-transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.

Publicity: By participating in the event, nominees and winners agree to allow the event organizers to use their name, logo, and images for publicity and promotional purposes.

Disqualification: The event organisers reserve the right to disqualify nominees and/or voters who engage in fraudulent or unethical behaviour during the event.

Liability: The event organisers are not responsible for any loss, damage, or injury that may occur during the event. Participants agree to indemnify and hold the event organisers harmless from any claims, damages, or expenses arising from their participation in the event.

By participating in the Local Food Hero event, nominees and voters agree to abide by these terms and conditions. The event organisers reserve the right to modify or cancel the event at any time without prior notice.

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