To make August even more enjoyable, we’ve rounded up our favourite VWOAP events bearing in mind the sustainable foodie, the adventurous foodie and the artistic foodie.
For the sustainable foodie
Amass merges with Miramar
Kiwi-born Kim Wejendorp moved to Copenhagen 13 years ago and has since been working as the head chef for Amass Restaurant. This year, Kim took his culinary journey to the next level by heading up the new Amass Research Kitchen. Here, Kim has worked on creating a set of advanced gastronomic building blocks from what most cooks would consider to be 'waste'. Kim’s research into sustainability and fermentation has seen him innovatively re-use products such as spent coffee grinds.
This August, Kim returns to New Zealand for Visa Wellington on a Plate. He will team up with fermentation fan Jacob Brown, of The Larder, to create an eight-course dinner. Together they will craft an ingenious menu using pre-loved ingredients.
Keep an eye out for our interview with Kim, in the Winter Issue of dish.
When: Friday 16 August, 6.30pm
All Taste, No Waste
Kaibosh returns to VWOAP for their annual culinary experience of disregarded ingredients. This year, the event will be headed by Rita’s Kelda Hains and will span three evenings. Kelda’s team will create an innovative menu while Kelda herself will share tips and tricks to reducing food waste at home. Even better, all proceeds from the event will go to Kaibosh to help fund their daily operations. Kaibosh is New Zealand's first food rescue organisation – they work closely with the food industry to 're-home' surplus food. They deliver over 25,000kgs of food to Wellington community groups, providing food for those in need.
When: 13, 14, 15 August, 6.30pm-9.30pm
Thursday 8 August marks International Happiness Day. In celebration, Kaibosh Food Rescue will be setting up shop in Midland Park and serving bowls of soup to warm your soul. Shepherd’s Shep Elliott will be creating this winter staple from Kaibosh-rescued ingredients, and it’ll only set you back whatever donation you feel is resonable.
When: Thursday 8 August, 12pm-1pm
For the adventurous foodie
Transport yourself to Greece with a night of good food, exciting culture and unbeatable entertainment. Head to Oikos Hellenic Cuisine, in Miramar, and immerse yourself in an evening of Greek hospitality, courtesy of head chef Theo and his team. Eat your way through an array of Mediterranean dishes, wash it down with Ouzo, and take part in some cultural traditions – all while listening to live Greek music.
When: 4, 11 and 18 August, 7pm-late
Bandersnack – SOLD OUT
There’s no surprise that this interactive dining experience sold out in record time. First, there were ‘choose your own adventure’ books, then there was the interactive Black Mirror episode on Netflix and now there’s Hillside Kitchen & Cellar’s Bandersnack dinner. The decisions you make during your five-course dining experience will alter which dish will follow. The evening begins with a selection of nibbles, decided by your interaction with the Hillside team. Enjoy a night of unpredictability, delicious food and local, ethically-sourced produce.
When: Tuesday 20 August-Thursday 22 August
Tickets: $85 (beverages on consumption)
Travel around the world via a pair of chopsticks and enjoy some of the best dumplings on offer. Join Wellington Dumpling Queen, Vicky Ha for one of her three hands-on dumpling experiences. The first evening (23 August) will focus on Europe’s best dumplings, the second evening (24 August) will showcase Xiao Long Bao from China and the third and final evening (30 August) will focus on vegan dumplings from around the globe.
When: 23, 24 and 30 August, 5.30pm-10pm
For the artistic foodie
Five Films, Five Senses: A mini Film & Food Fest
Coco at the Roxy has orchestrated a mini film festival, a feast for the senses. There will be five feature films, each carefully chosen to evoke one of the five senses: sound, sight, smell, touch and taste. But that’s not all, each ticket includes a cocktail and snack to complement the film. Never fear, A Quiet Place has been paired with quiet-to-eat food.
When: 14, 18, 21, 25 and 28 August, 6.15pm-8.30pm
We all know that food is a form of art, but what if you could eat literal art. From the edible entry stamp, through to the glowing Somes Island Jelly, this interactive dessert and cocktail event is designed to awaken your senses. Tickets include a private viewing of Jacqueline Fahey’s art installation, so you can admire, eat and sip your way through the evening.
When: Friday 16 August
It Ain’t What it Seems
Who doesn’t love a four-course Italian dinner? Better yet, who doesn’t love a four-course dessert degustation? Carello del Gelato has teamed up with The Library to create a feast that challenges your perception. Each of the four desserts is created to resemble a course in an Italian degustation menu. Designed to shock and confuse, it’s a good thing each creation comes with a perfectly paired cocktail.
When: Wednesday 7 August, 7pm-9.30pm