Ilias the Greek hits on halva perfection
HANDMADE sweet treats from Ilias the Greek are proving so popular that he has taken home 10 medals in just over 12 months.
Just last week Ilias, who is based at Ocean Shores and has a factory at Billinudgel, won four medals at the 2014 Sydney Royal Fine food Show.
"We're so excited to win the medals, particularly for our tahini halva, because it's been a two-year process of development to create a retail-ready product," he said.
"Halva is a very temperature-sensitive and delicate product to make, which is why you don't see much handmade halva available.
"Currently we produce about 200kg per week and this amount is rising as the demand for it is steadily increasing.
"We're so happy that it will be at fine food grocers around the region very soon."
Ilias is passionate about producing the best Greek sweets, and he is committed to using local and organic ingredients whenever
"We've also just released an organic macadamia halva cake and our macadamia nougat bar is now available from our Byron and Bangalow market stalls," he said.
"I want to share my love and passion with as many people as possible.
"We produce the highest quality sweets, hand made with love using traditional family methods and recipes as a base, and sourcing as much local produce to create an unforgettable holistic experience through the food, the dance and the culture."