Our family have been bakers for 5 generations, starting with my Grandmother who was reputed to be the first female baker in New Zealand.
Our daughter Kathy and son in law Shane are extremely skilled bakers and left to branch out on their own having purchased `The Baker’ bakery in Tirau.
As a family we have won 3 NZ Bakels Supreme Pie awards, also winning 5 New Zealand Baker of the Year titles and being runner up on 2 occasions.
We are a traditional Kiwi bakery owned and operated by John & Lynda Atwill. With added help from our son Grayson who specialises in yeast products, having worked in a bakery in Singapore.
We previously owned a bakery in Gisborne for 10 years and a further 16 years in Wairoa before purchasing Viands from Chris and Pam Patterson in 2010 in KihiKihi, Waikato.
Our company includes Lynda (my wife) and myself (John) as directors, along with our eldest son Grayson and his wife Jane. Our Bakery Supervisor Raj Singh and his wife Gurpreet as our Office Manager. The kitchen and shop are well looked after by Deborah, Zac, Annee, Nissa, Piki, Kathrine, Shannon, Josh and Hine Anne, with weekenders Bridget & Shontelle
The bakers are our new apprentice Tamilla, with Devinder, Shivi, Gurinder, Deep and Grayson
With this team we are able to produce good quality products and a large variety of baked goods to satisfy our customers.
After about 5 good years in our shop and kitchen, Tamilla has just started an apprenticeship with us and she along with the rest of our team are going to be a vital part of Viands Bakery well into the future.
Called into Viands Bakery on my way through and what a goldmine of gorgeousness I discovered! It was a hard decision but I finally settled on the beef cheek and red wine pie.....and OMG, what flavour! The perfect casing which held together for the entire eating experience allowing me to enjoy every single morsel of the beef cheek filling. I bought something sweet also but enjoyed the flavor left in my mouth so much after eating the pie that I couldn't bring myself to ruin it.Will definitely be going back.
This bakery is awesome. We make a point of stopping in every time we go to stay at the lodge on Lake Arapuni. The staff are always helpful, friendly and happy to help. You are spoilt for choice between sweet or savoury. I highly recommend the steak and mushroom, it's to die for.
Had the best pie of my life this afternoon when the hubby and I visited Viands in Kihikihi! We always go here when we are passing through, but I usually always get a nice roll and never leave without a custard square - absolutely beautiful! Today I still got the custard square as well as a Peppered Beef and Kumara Mash pie, and I have to say it was the best ever!!!! Next time I'm through I will be buying as many as I possibly can to put in the freezer!!! Yum!
Dawn Anderson Hodges