Home' Hospitality Business : HB SPT 2017 Contents Food lovers won’t want to miss this year’s Taste of Auckland
presented in partnership with Electrolux, with chefs Ben Bayly
from Baduzzi, Gareth Stewart from Euro, Cameron Knox from
Tok Tok and Australian MasterChef judge George Calombaris just
some of the big names in a jam-packed November line-up.
The 16-19 November festival at Western Springs is
already shaping up as the most ambitious yet. Live cooking
demonstrations, intimate chef experiences, a gourmet hãngi
and wine masterclasses are just some of the foodie-friendly
attractions on offer, as well as cocktail bars, the return of Brew
Street, a souped-up music stage and of course, a stunning menu
of delicious food.
Chef, restaurateur and MasterChef Australia co-judge, George
Calombaris heads our way for his first New Zealand food festival
appearance. Bringing a taste of his highly-regarded Melbourne
restaurant The Press Club to Auckland, he will host a free live
cooking demonstration .Ten top Auckland restaurants will be
serving up their signature fare including North Wharf favourite
Baduzzi. After a four-year hiatus, owner Michael Dearth and chef
Ben Bayly say they are looking forward to getting back into the
tasting action and forecast a lot of meatballs.
Chef Gareth Stewart will return with Nourish Group’s flagship
Euro Bar & Restaurant and says he is looking forward to bringing
some excitement, fun and freshness to the menu this year. “From
land, sea and garden we will be looking for something to grab
your taste buds,” he says.
Pals and former My Kitchen Rules judges Bayly and Stewart
and their respective teams will also be collaborating on a special
opening night VIP dinner in the Qantas Hospitality Marquee.
Winner of last year’s ‘Best in Taste Awards’ and much-loved
Takapuna Asian fusion eatery Tok Tok is back at Taste, with chef
Cameron Knox already working on some punchy flavours to outdo
his winning Crispy Hapuka Dry Red Curry dish from 2016.
New on this year’s line-up is Ponsonby darling Saan and chef
Lek Trirattanavatin with award-winning Northern Thai cuisine,
and chef Murray Wiblin from Vodka Room serving up Russian (and
vodka) inspired specialties.
Ponsonby BBQ joint Miss Moonshine’s also makes an
appearance with pit boss and owner Ryan Clarke planning an
Argentinean style open fire BBQ. This promises to go well with a
brew or two at Brew Street, with craft brewers Liberty, Cassels,
Tuatara, Good George and Birkenhead Brewery so far confirmed
to take part.
After wowing guests two years ago, the popular Gourmet
Hãngi makes a return with host and hãngi master Rewi
Spraggon and guest chefs including Ben Bayly and his team
from The Grove and Kyle Street of Culprit, who will each offer
festival visitors their own unique contemporary gourmet take on
the traditional Mãori hãngi.
Back after last year’s inaugural success, Electrolux Chefs’
Secrets will give restaurant aficionados the opportunity to
intimately cook and dine with some of the country’s top names in
food, including Clooney’s newly appointed chef Jacob Kear and
FISH chef Fraser Shenton.
With such a stellar cast of culinary superstars sharing their
food knowledge and more than 100 producers of fine food, wine,
spirits and craft brews joining them to showcase their best
products, fans can expect an ambitious, jam-packed Taste, says
Festival Director Rob Eliott.
“Our team, the chefs, producers and our wonderful partners
are all hard at work creating fresh experiences for our guests and
a truly world-class food and drink festival here in Auckland and I
think we’re well on the way to a standout year.”
Eliott says ticket pricing has changed this year with
exceptional value on offer for Thursday and Friday afternoon
tickets and advance purchase ticket deals for all sessions
available over the next month.
Qantas has extended their involvement in the festival to
present the very the best of food, drink and hospitality in the
Qantas Hospitality Marquee. This will host some very special
dining events and also provide a base for VIP Ticket holders at
the weekend. Guests will enjoy the spacious covered lounge, bar
and additional conveniences to enhance their experience at Taste
Tickets went on sale on 24 August with General Admission
starting from just $17 and VIP Tickets offering access to the large
Qantas Hospitality Marquee from $95.
Corporate Hospitality packages can be purchased directly
through event organisers Lemongrass Productions. n
Contact email@example.com for more
information. Head to the Taste website for more information
Masterchef judge and restaurateur George
Calombaris is scheduled to provide a cooking
demonstration at the Electrolux Taste Theatre.
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