Purchasing products from Connecticut companies helps to fuel our local economy and create jobs here in our state, which is very important given today\u2019s economy" \u00a0\u2014\u00a0Tricia Levesque, CSFA director The Connecticut Specialty Food Association (CSFA) held its annual Product Awards Competition on March 27 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. One hundred eighty-four specialty food items from Connecticut-based manufacturers were entered into 35 categories. Jones Winery in Shelton received awards for three of its wines. Jones won first place in the Wine-Dry Red category for the 2010 Cabernet Franc. First place was also given to its 2011 Woodland White in the Wine-Other White category. For the Wine-Rose category, Jones won third place for its 2011 Ros\u00e9 of Cabernet Franc. All wines were required to contain 100% locally-grown fruit. Panel of judges A panel of 20 judges consisting of local media personalities, food writers, chefs from the Connecticut Department of Agriculture\u2019s Farm-to-Chef Program, and wine specialists scored products on overall taste\/flavor, texture, aroma, and appearance\/color. Each judge was assigned to specific categories, responsible for evaluating an average of approximately 30 different products. Other categories included breads, cheese, Connecticut Grown, dessert, gluten-free, ice cream, jam, organic, pasta sauce, salad dressing, savory condiments, and snack food. The array of food products featured fresh cheeses, cookies, honey, varieties of sauce, jams, relishes, flavored seeds, oils and vinegars, syrups and more. 'Showcases best of the best in state' '\u201cIt is always amazing to see the variety of high quality foods and beverages made by producers right here in Connecticut,\u201d said Tricia Levesque, CSFA director. \u201cThis competition showcases the best of the best in the state. Each year we seem to find new entrepreneurs looking to showcase the outstanding products they produce. The products all lend themselves to special occasions, treats, or an everyday meal. They also make wonderful gifts. There is always something for everyone. \u201cPurchasing products from Connecticut companies helps to fuel our local economy and create jobs here in our state, which is very important given today\u2019s economy,\u201d Levesque continued. \u201cIt really is a win-win for everyone \u2014 consumers get the best quality foods available and Connecticut companies stay strong.\u201d Consumers looking for Connecticut specialty food products can visit ctspecialtyfood.org and ask for them at local markets and grocers. For more information, visit ctfoodassociation.org.