Make it Raw was born in 2011 from a passion for wholesome, raw food and a desire to provide delicious options for the health-conscious and those on restricted diets. After noticing a gap in the cracker, cereal and muesli bar market, Julia Warren set about creating a tasty range of raw, gluten-free food in small batches.

Q&A with Julia Warren from Make it Raw

Why North Canterbury? Both Max and I grew up in North Canterbury: Loburn for me and Ohoka for Max, so it was probably inevitable that we returned here eventually. With Olive, 2, and Poppy on the way in 2018 we wanted to make the move out from Christchurch and luckily came across the perfect section in Waikuku Beach. We moved into our brand new house in June this year and love living in Waikuku. For Make it Raw the biggest drawcard was being able to pop my container kitchen on my mum’s back lawn in Fernside! When we were starting out that was a much more financially viable option than hiring a kitchen in Christchurch.

What is your favourite thing to do in North Canterbury? As we are right at the beach we love heading down there early for a walk, surf or just to make sand castles with our girls.

Name your top three North Canterbury brands (other than your own!): Ohoka Farmers Market – this is where Make it Raw began and we wouldn’t be what we are today without the market. Black Estate – we have had a few Make it Raw Christmas parties there and Max and I have celebrated a few milestones sipping their delicious Pinot Noir. The food, the wine, the atmosphere and view just make this place so special. Three Lamas Coffee – gotta have good coffee!


Ohoka Farmers’ Market

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