Dunedin's food scene just keeps getting better and better and, to celebrate, Dine Dunedin launches this month. For 16 days from Friday, 21 June, eateries from all around town will offer special experiences to showcases the incredible talent available.
The brainchild of local Nicola McConnell, Dine Dunedin will deliver pop-ups, collabs and deals galore.
“Dunedin has a rich bounty on its doorstep. A coastal city, there's plenty of seafood, vegetables grown on the Taieri Plains, local honey and lamb, beef and venison—all grown within cooee of the city. What's more, Central Otago is on our doorstep so we have great wines and even our own city winery,” she says. "It’s all of this I want to share with locals and also encourage the rest of New Zealand to take a fresh look at the city’s thriving cuisine scene.”
From haggis toasties to four-course dessert menus there will be something for everyone. The launch event will be held in the iconic Octogan with a free breakfast from 7.30am. Here, you’ll be treated to local Harraways oats made in three different ways by Cafe Nova. There will also be chia and coconut bowls with mango puree, coconut yoghurt, granola and fresh fruit. Wash it all down with a freshly made espresso from Allpress Coffee.
Naturally, no celebration of Dunedin's foodie scene would be complete without wine. Head to URBN VINO on Sunday afternoons to taste their Central Otago wines made right in the city. If you prefer something a little sweeter then make a beeline for craft chocolate maker OCHO, who joins forces with the NZ Whisky Collection to educate palates. And, Glenfalloch is offering up three different dinners that use locally sourced produce—a vegetarian degustation, a seafood degustation and a special trust the chef menu—Dine Dunedin XXL version.
With its rich Scottish heritage, Bracken Restaurant will offer an 18th Century-inspired menu for an Outlander Dinner, and Hungry Hobos is serving up haggis, neeps and tatties toasties. BYO stretchy pants.
Other features include recent immigrant chef Abdal Moneem Kyassah, who is offering a Syrian banquet showcasing traditional dishes from his homeland. Prohibition Smokehouse offers a local take on zakuski—the Russian tasting plate of small bites. The Italian tradition of Aperitivo arrives at the Esplanade overlooking St Clair beach between 3–6pm every day with a glass of Peroni and a complimentary morsel of Italian fare.
With plenty of deals on throughout Dine Dunedin, head to their website and start planning your culinary journey now.
What: Dine Dunedin
When: From Friday 21 June
Where: Multiple venues
More info: here
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