Artisan Food Market

June 29, 2017 at 2:48 PM

The annual Artisan Food Market has become one of the most anticipated culinary events in the Jack Paine Centre at the College – customers know, for a very short period of time, the fare on offer will be exceptional!

Today’s market was the final stage of more than two months of planning and preparation by the Year 11 Food Technology students to complete their current NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standard. Following a research phase, which saw them analyse the products sold at markets and specialty stores around Auckland, they conducted feasibility studies to come up with a food item they believed would prove a popular addition to the market place. Once their product was determined, they needed to establish the cost of development and production, refine the recipe to produce a minimum of 20 units, create a food safety plan and nutrition information panel, source packaging and calculate a price. Students embraced the brief with enthusiasm and many have given up their lunchtimes and come to school early this term to perfect their products in anticipation of today’s opportunity to ‘peddle their wares.’

All their hard work came together at lunchtime as 50 stalls opened for business to showcase their kitchen creations to a willing customer base of students, parents and staff. Knowing that we ‘eat with our eyes first,’ much work went into the stall presentation and the beautifully presented brioche, tarts, cupcakes, fruit salads, cookies and savoury offerings all made mouth-watering temptations – confirmed by long line of patrons waiting to enter the JPC throughout the lunchtime sales period, some lining up for a second pass, with many vendors selling out well before the bell rang!

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