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National Lamb Day salutes food champions

New Zealanders across the country are set to celebrate National Lamb Day on February 15.

This date holds a special place in New Zealand’s history, commemorating the departure of the Dunedin from Port Chalmers in 1882, carrying the first shipment of frozen lamb to London. This pivotal moment marked the beginning of what has become our thriving food and fibre industry.

Since then many immigrants from across the globe have arrived on our shores to call Aotearoa home, and with them they brought flavours from their homelands, including some exotic and exciting lamb dishes.

From Lebanon to Indonesia and everything in-between, the versatility of lamb is showcased dishes from around the world.

Ag Proud has been instrumental in reshaping National Lamb Day, with Chair Jon Pemberton highlighting the day’s celebratory spirit. “The historic journey of the Dunedin to London was more than a voyage; it was the start of Aotearoa’s journey as a global food powerhouse. National Lamb Day is our way of honouring this legacy, celebrating our incredible kai, and acknowledging every individual involved in its journey from farm to fork. Let’s raise a chop in salute to our food champions!”

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc, which is responsible for the domestic promotion of beef and lamb, is supporting Ag Proud and the new National Lamb Day and CEO Kit Arkwright was pleased to be helping establish an annual celebration.

“We hope this day can become an enduring yearly celebration of all New Zealand food, whether you’re producing it or simply love eating it, you can take a moment to appreciate how delicious New Zealand food and lamb is,” says CEO Kit.

Those eager to be at the heart of the celebrations in person are encouraged to attend the Southern Fieldays at Waimumu near Gore, from 14-16 February.

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