the big swell food competition


Thankyou to everyone who submitted a recipe for the big swell food competition, and to those who voted! Congratulations go to the four winners.

In first place with an amazing 57 votes is Shilo Macklin with her creamy bacon pasta, winning herself Annabel Langbein’s cookbook, a 5 pack of Envirosax reusable bags, a tub of Lifestream’s spirulina and an EcoTank water bottle.

In second place is Emma Abrahams with her Herb roasted chicken which wins her Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution cookbook, a 5 pack of Envirosax reusable bags, a tub of Lifestream’s spirulina and an EcoTank water bottle.

In joint third were two soups, firstly Ali Law with kumera, pumkin and peanut soup and also Sarah Clarke with leek and potato soup. Third place winners receive the 4-ingrediant cookbook, a single Envirosax reusable bag, a tub of Lifestream’s spirulina and an EcoTank water bottle.

Thankyou to everyone for supporting the big swell food competition and to our sponsors. We would love for you to continue to share with us your recipes, and we look forward to hosting another big swell food competition in 2013.

Celebrating food, home cooking, and great recipe ideas. During May we have two very important ‘food’ dates coming up, and the big swell is challenging you to get involved!

7th to 13th May is New Zealand Food Week. Food Week 2012 continues with the theme JUST COOK. Just cook a family meal and sit down and enjoy with your family / whanau. For more information about food week click here

On 19th May is Food Revolution Day. Our kids are growing up overweight and malnourished from a diet of processed foods, and today’s children will be the first generation ever to live shorter lives than their parents. It’s time for change. It’s time for a Food Revolution. For more information about this Food Revolution click here Please remember that if you are planning anything yourself, or would like to know what others are doing to celebrate Food Revolution Day then go to the NZ Facebook page here.


To celebrate these two important events the big swell is running a recipe competition. Share with us those recipes that you love, that your children eat with enthusiasm, and that bring together your family. The recipes can be as extravangant or as simple as you like, savoury or sweet, but they must all include ingredients that are made from scratch. Simply post your recipe on our ‘food’ page between the 7th to 19th May to be in to win. The top three recipes with the most ‘likes’ will win a great prize. But the best prize of all is that we will all have some great new recipes to try. So get posting! Please share your receipes here

This competition is open to all, although we are limiting one entry per person, so choose your recipe well! Remember though that if you register with the big swell during the month of May then you will be in the draw to win an amazing prize, with products from Lifestream, Wendyl Nissen, Naturalus, Tranquility Healing and Viola Organics. Please check out our Mother’s Day Prize Draw for more information.



  1. I just want to say a huge “Thank You”, I received my prize yesterday, and I can see a lot of recipes to try in Annabel’s book, the bags came in exceptionally handy on last nights shopping excursion and I’m looking forward to the “Pep” the Spirulina promises 🙂 Thanks to all involved!

  2. If you are planning any events for Food Revolution Day please add the links to so we can spread the word. You can also follow us on @foodrevwgtnnz on Twitter!

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