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The Tart Tin Boutique Bakehouse

by Insiders Dunedin

Everyone with a sweet tooth doesn't mind a good dessert or a treat or two. For those of you who do, you may have come across the Tart Tins finely made treats. If you have not heard of them most likely you would have indulged at many of the great cafes around our city. 

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Owned and operated by Matt Cross this boutique bakery provides a lifestyle many would envy. Trained as a chef with 15 years of experience in Dunedin and Sydney he wanted to pursue his passion for sweet treats and the freedom of working for himself. Having spotted a gap in the Dunedin market after 5 years he now supplies around half a dozen cafes around the city. He caters for many weddings, parties and events. However, it is his very popular stall at the saturday farmers market that he is renowned for. With no formal advertising this businesses has grown on its reputation through word of mouth. 

When asked what he bakes the answer was pretty simple "everything sweet!" The range includes everything from little berry pies, macaroons, hot chocolate toppers, basically anything that is fun. Always been interested in desserts and specialising in this area when he worked as a chef this passion has been something he has dabbled in, even as a kid. 

Everything is made fresh to order the day before it is sold. More importantly, he tries to use locally sourced ingredients where he can, sourcing as much as he can from the saturday farmers market where he sells himself. 

Being a one man band, his goal is to keep things simple. The aim to have a business that can support the lifestyle he enjoys. Specifically catering to his passion for surfing. Dunedin an ideal location to be based that he describes to have the best surf in New Zealand. 

Although he loves surfing, he admits he thoroughly enjoys the Farmers market. The ability to connect with his customers, meet the kids and families and receive feedback. If your ever down at the market be sure to check out his stand where he will definitely spoil you with one of his fine treats. But, get in early as everything sells out pretty quick!

Dunedin born and bred Matt is a prime example of someone making it work in our great city. Be sure to check him out at the market or contact him for catering that special event you might be planning. 

Find the Tart Tin on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tart-Tin/346943775346063

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