Thu 17 Nov - Sun 20 Nov
Western Springs Park, Auckland
Imagine if you could pop into some of Auckland’s most popular restaurants all in a row to sample some of their fare? You can at Taste of Auckland.
The line-up this year sees the return of many favourites; Chef Andrew Mackle of Depot Eatery (above left) says he’s gearing up for some serious shucking. “[We] will be bringing the energy of our Federal Street raw bar to Taste of Auckland – nothing overly precious or pretentious, just thousands of freshly shucked tuatua and oysters. Enjoy natural, with a little shallot chardonnay vinegar or smash a Virgin Bloody Mary shooter or three ... need we say more?”
There are new additions, too, and Dish is excited to see what Nick Honeyman (above right) from Paris Butter, Auckland’s newest French-inspired bistro, brings to the table.
“Keeping it simple and tasty is what we are about and one dish you can expect to see there is our take on escargot using shell clams, which is one of my all-time favourites. ... We can’t wait to wow you with our Paris Butter dishes,” says Nick.
On Saturday night, chef Peter Gordon will host a celebration of The Sugar Club’s 30th anniversary in the Hospitality Marquee. It will be a "once-in-a-lifetime culinary explosion", with a handful of the most decorated chefs to have worked with him in the kitchens throughout the years also attending.
Other restaurants attending include vibrant and authentic Chinese restaurant ArtWok, the honest and traditional flavours of Yael Shochat's Ima Cuisine and the ever-popular Italian restaurant Farina.
See tasteofauckland.co.nz for more.