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Queenstown’s Mediterranean Market celebrates 10 successful years in business

October 28, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The Mediterranean Market, Queenstown’s favourite food institution, celebrates 10 successful years in business next month (November 18) and will mark the occasion with a 10-day long celebration of all things foodie.

Festivities get underway on November 11 when Market customers will be greeted by a ten-tier, one metre-high 10thBirthday cake, lovingly crafted by the Market’s long-term baker, Jenny Lamond.

Mediterranean Market owners Nathan and Angela Imlach with the infamous in-store Queen painting_media

Mediterranean Market owners Nathan and Angela Imlach with the infamous in-store Queen painting_media

The fabulous birthday cake will be ceremoniously cut by owners Angela and Nathan Imlach in-store at 10am on Monday November 11 along with the obligatory celebratory bubbles provided by local Central Otago winery Quartz Reef.

One of the cake’s tiers will then be cut every day for the 10 days of celebrations and all customers will enjoy a slice of birthday cake and a glass of bubbles as they arrive in store.

The ten-day celebration will provide locals with free tastings each day and suppliers from all over New Zealand will offer exclusive insights into their products, divulging secret recipes and educating customers about good food.

Speaking on behalf of the Mediterranean Market owners and team, Angela Imlach said the 10th Birthday milestone enabled them to thank everyone who’d been a “part of the business” for the last ten years.

“Some of our staff and many of our suppliers have stood alongside us throughout this ten year journey,” said Mrs Imlach.

Owners Nathan and Angela get ready for the 10th Birthday celebrations_media

Owners Nathan and Angela get ready for the 10th Birthday celebrations_media

“In fact most of our supplier relationships span right back almost 19 years when we first started the wholesale part of the business.”

“The daily tastings will give our loyal customers a unique opportunity to sample the amazing products we have in-store, while also interacting with the suppliers.”

“People will be able to get invaluable tips from the people who know these products inside out.”

Some of the suppliers on display include Leelands Lamb, Shingle Creek Chevon Goat, fruit and veg from Goodies on the Gorge, Stir Tea, Cairnmuir Olive Oil, Kohi Road Ice Cream and Prenzel.

On Sunday November 17, there will be a barbeque in the main car park offering complimentary pulled pork rolls from Havoc Pork and throughout the week there will be tastings from Canter Valley Turkey.

“November is a perfect time to start thinking about the traditional Christmas roast dinner with turkey, ham and all the trimmings. People will be able to enjoy tastings then pre-order their turkey and ham in time for Christmas,” said Mrs Imlach.

Queenstown food institution ‘Med Market’ celebrates 10 successful years in business_media

Queenstown food institution ‘Med Market’ celebrates 10 successful years in business_media

The Mediterranean Market’s long-serving baker Jenny will also be doing tastings of her Christmas cake which can be pre-ordered in time for Christmas.

There will also be in-store wine tastings each day, showcasing some of New Zealand’s best wines including Mt Edward, Amisfield, Peregrine, Mondillo and Hawkeshead.

Mrs Imlach said they were “extremely grateful” for all the support they’d had in a decade of business.

“From our loyal customers to suppliers, family and staff, we simply wouldn’t be here today without them.”

The Mediterranean Market, Queenstown's food institution_media

The Mediterranean Market, Queenstown’s food institution_media

“We wanted to celebrate our birthday by showing our appreciation to all those who’ve supported us over the last 10 years and longer.

“We look forward to seeing all our regulars during the festivities and welcoming some new faces as well.”

“Some of our staff have been with us for many years, so we’ll of course be saying thanks to them by holding a staff party as well.”

Created in 2003 to meet demand from the local market, The Mediterranean Market is a specialist food store that now incorporates a delicatessen offering freshly-made food using the finest local and imported ingredients, a popular café, an extensive imported Italian food range, and a home wares department.

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