August is officially the month of the foodie. American Express Restaurant Month is back on the Auckland scene for the whole month, and we’re counting on its stellar line up of events to keep both our bellies and our social calendars full.
From once-in-a-lifetime dinner dates with chefs, and local pop-ups of some of world-renowned restaurants, to glittering soirees—the city will come alive between August 1-31 with a host of shindigs. Here are the fun foodie events you don’t want to miss at American Express Restaurant Month 2019.
Yvonne Bennetti at Soul | Soul Bar Bistro
Fashion and food coming together in one glittering event—what could be better? A glass of bubbles on arrival and a three-course lunch make for the perfect accessory to a fashion show, parading local designer Yvonne Bennetti’s latest collection. The treats don’t stop there—your ticket includes a fabulous goodie bag too.
August 14 & 28
Paintvine After Dark | AV Club
Wine and paint soirees are always a crowd pleaser, so when we heard that Paintvine is hosting a glow in the dark paint party, it’s safe to say that the news got us, well, glowing. Glow-in-the dark paints, with the help of a drink in hand, will be your medium of choice at this event—which will send you home with your very own glowing oeuvre.
A Behemoth Day Out on Federal Street | Skycity
Federal is street is home to some of the best restaurants in Auckland, there’s no denying that. For one afternoon only, enjoy six whole Behemoth brews at three of Federal’s most fabulous establishments. Join in a sophisticated ‘bar-hop’ of sorts, as you dot between Bellota, Huami and Gusto at the Grand — tasting their Spanish, Chinese and Italian bar snacks that have been perfectly paired to your Behemoth beers.
Foraged at O'Connell Street Bistro | O’Connell Street Bistro
Enjoy the fabulous tastes of wild food, while dining smack-bang in the middle of the city. Forager Riki Bennett, O’Connell St Bistro executive chef Mark Southron and The Cafe host James Beck join forces to turn foraged ingredients into a fabulous five-course dinner with matched wines. You’ll be invited to get up close and personal with the ingredients in their fresh, natural state, before being turned into a unique feast for the tastebuds.
Bollywood Night | iVillage
Food, flavour and fun await party-goers at iVillage’s Bollywood Night soiree. From 7pm, right through to midnight, party-slash-restaurant-goers can expect a full-on Bollywood inspired party. iVillage are pulling out all the stops, there’s a three-course meal, vibrant music, Indian dancing and a splash of glamour in this glittering celebration and ode to the Hindi film industry.
#Luxelife | Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour + MIXO
Fine champagne, frivolous company and fabulous cars all in one night tickle your fancy? Polish off your jewels and sequins, and purchase a ticket to #Luxelife, one of the festival’s glittering finishing events. You’ll be treated to an evening of fabulous beverages in the elegant surroundings of Auckland’s Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Hotel and SO/ Auckland, and will be chauffeured between these dazzling locations in a sleek set of Aston Martins.
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