Tonight reins in the start of Auckland’s premier food festival- Taste. Taking lodging in Western Springs Park this year, bringing the 10th year Taste Festivals since their inception in London ‘04. Celebrating only the best in Auckland’s gastronomic scene, we had to get ourselves down there to experience the best of the thriving industry that is Auckland hospitality. Here’s what you can expect if you’ve been smart enough to get yourself a ticket.
Taste specializes, and has always specialized, in mini kitchens. Restaurants from around the city bring their best morsels to their individual stalls, and its up to you to wander and enjoy. Split into afternoon and night sessions across the weekend, with only an arvo session on Sunday, here’s hoping the weather holds up. Across these sessions are allotted festival favourites, Dilmah Tea bring you their Tea Garden, G. H. Mumm popping up with a marquee champagne bar, Fisher and Paykel Chefs kitchen stage some of our favourite chefs right in front of you. Taste brings you your favourite chefs up close and personal, get tips from Nadia Lim, Nic Watt of Masu, and Tom Hishon from Orphans Kitchen.
Some of our favourite restaurants are popping up with their own mini stalls too. Depot, Cable Bay Vineyards and Farina all serving up their favourite signature dishes, Harbourside Bar and Grill joining in on that one. I cant wait to see what oysters depot are going to bring in, and what the famed owners of Toto’s pizza can do with their signature dishes on the day. A range of growers and vineyards exhibit some of their top wines, Man O’ War and Giesen among them. Big name chefs like Antonio Crisci and Delaney Mes just a few of the chefs named to be there. The Plumm Wine theatre is back this year with Matt Skinner (he taught Jamie Oliver the ropes about wine) running you through last years favourite “5 Glasses are all you need course”- pretty much will run you through how different glasses make a big difference when it comes to vino.
For us, were going to be milling around soaking it all in, hoping the rain holds off, and that the wine flows. I would recommend you try grab what tickets are left, it swings by every year and is always packed, I can wait for the opening dinner Nic Watt is putting on, it is guaranteed to be good. Make sure you get down there, watch this space for our Whats Good take on the best Auckland has to offer.