Best cheese rolls, and for good cause

01:34, Jul 22 2014
timaru cheese rolls steve wills
READY TO ROLL: Senior Constable Steve Wills is getting ready for a cheese roll competition next week which would trump Southland sushi. He is combining it with a food drive for local food banks.

South Canterbury, get your cheese mix at the ready and mark your diary for a cheese roll competition on July 23.

District councillor and police officer Steve Wills said the time had come for the region to display its trump card.

"We have the best cheese rolls in the country," he said.

Wills said Southland's day as New Zealand's cheese roll capital had been and gone. He was looking forward to helping judge the greatest cheese rolls in the land.

There were two categories; individual groups and businesses.

"Entries of four cheese rolls should be dropped off at Fusion [on The Bay Hill] between 7.00 and 7.30am and then the judging will begin," Wills said.


A panel of four, including chef Lindsay Bennett, will judge the competition.

Wills suggested it was a good opportunity for the local eateries to display their wares.

"The more cheese rolls we have to choose from the better," he said.

Wills said he had carefully developed a reputation of being one never to shy away from a good feed.

"This got me thinking, and there is a serious element to all of this. There are people in our community who are struggling to get food on the table and it has knock-on effects," he said.

Wills said as part of his job he saw some of the sadness surrounding the current economic climate.

"There are hardworking people out there who can't afford to feed themselves and their children," he said.

Wills said the local food banks were drying up and it was time for the more fortunate people to help where they could. As a result he is combining the competition with a food drive.

"I know we have hearts of gold in our part of the world, so let's help the rest of our community," he said.

Non-perishable goods can be dropped into any police station, The Timaru Herald or Port FM before July 23.

The Timaru Herald