Matariki is the celebration of the Māori new year and Auckland comes alive with cultural festivities throughout the month all inspired by the nation’s Māori identity. For the foodies out there it is all good news because there is an array of food events, special menus and dishes popping up around the city for you to enjoy.
Here is all of the Matariki foodie news you need to know.
Bellota's Incredible Matariki Meringues
Meringues are the ultimate sweet treat–the flaky outside, chewy inside and totally melt in your mouth experience make them pretty hard to not love. In celebration of Matariki, Bellota’s chef Dani has created the most incredible, galaxy meringues. With seven stars to represent the night sky and beautiful swirls of colours, the meringues are definitely insta-worthy if you can wait long enough to snap a picture before demolishing.
The Special Matariki Coffee Blend
In celebration of the Māori new year, Underground Coffee Roasters are realising a limited seasonal blend of their expertly created coffee. As a nod to the Matariki festivities and the coming together of people, the blend celebrates how a cup of coffee is often used to come together, share and listen. With strong blueberry and cherry notes, and a crisp red apple acidity the brew is perfect for soft brewing. Look out for the beautiful Matariki inspired packaging or purchase here.
Devonport's Matariki Dish
A selection of Devonport’s restaurants will be serving up some delicious and unique Matariki inspired dishes throughout the month that you need to try. Celebrating native ingredients, expect wild pork, smoked eel, manuka-smoked hapuka and pikopiko. Check here for all of the restaurants taking part and be sure to head along for a taste sensation.
Orphans Kitchen's New Special Menu
Orphans Kitchen have launched a special menu available in celebration of Matariki and it features a seriously tasty line-up of dishes. The 2-course set menu is $35 and diners can choose from one of two entrees and one of two mains, with dessert options also available to add on. The menu features dishes including sticky feijoa lamb ribs with horopito and labneh, as well as wood-roasted swordfish with creamed kumara kiwifruit and kawakawa.
FED's Ready To Eat Matariki Meal
FED offers delicious ready to eat meals for busy lives and have created a limited-edition dish for Matariki. Land and fire is the inspiration behind the smoked pork and peruperu dish. The free-range pork belly is sourced from Levin pork farmer Woody’s and is gently smoked over manuka woodchips before getting wrapped in banana leaves. Served with a horopito and manuka honey glaze, coconut creamed watercress and roasted peruperu, the dish is available till the end of July so be sure to try it out while you can.
Everybody Eat's Amazing Fundraiser
Everybody Eats is an amazing not-for-profit, pay-as-you-feel dining concept. In an attempt to reduce food waste, the team uses ingredients that would otherwise go to waste and turns it into delicious, restaurant quality meals. In celebration of Matariki, the team at Soul Bar and Eatery are taking over the kitchen to serve up an amazing creation made from surplus food. Even better is that the Viaduct Harbour will match any donation made until the target of $10,000 is hit. Check out all the details and how you can help here.
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