Snippets: Taste of Auckland

Spanned over six sessions in four days, this year’s Taste of Auckland at Victoria Park had a total of eleven restaurants participating and 120 producers selling delicious treats. With demonstrations from chefs including Des Harris from Clooney, Nick Honeyman from The Commons and Nadia Lim, Masterchef New Zealand winner at the Fisher and Paykel Chef’s Kitchen to wine and whiskey tasting, the event was packed with fun activities and of course, exceptional food! My friend and I attended the Sunday session and we were quite pleased with the turn out. Not too many people so we didn’t have to queue long for the food but enough to maintain a lively atmosphere.

The price ranges from around 8 to 14 crowns (equivalent of $8 – $14) and there was a total of 38 amazing dishes to try. I usually can eat at least six dishes on top of the free samples from the stalls, but this year, I only managed to have three dishes. I blame my hangover!

I was quite pleased with the line up this year! Although it would have been nice to try the new dishes from restaurants like Clooneys and Euro (they didn’t take part this year), it was good to see so many new restaurants like Mandarin and Everybodys Izakaya at Taste. A great way for people to try something new without having to commit to a full on lunch/dinner.

From the exhibitors, I particularly enjoyed the Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Raspberry Ginger Beer, Whitestone Cheese and the lovely berry sorbet at Petal Cupcakes.

Next year, Taste of Auckland will be turning six and will return 13-16 November, so remember to mark your diary!

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