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The Feed | The NZ Food News You Need To Know

By Kathryn Steane
21st Dec 2021

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Let's face it, there's nothing better than discovering (and tasting) everything that's new in the world of food so we've done the hard yards for you. Sink your teeth into these tasty tidbits from around the country.

  • Our friends at The Food Truck Collective are bringing together some of Auckland's tastiest food trucks at up to three different venues, each and every week until April as part of their epic Summer Street Food Series. Check out the full line-up of events, here.

  • Acclaimed plant-based restaurant, Hillside Kitchen is popping up for just two nights only (January 21 and 22) at Known Unknown Urban Winery in New Plymouth, where guests will be treated to a multi-course vegetarian dinner loaded with local ingredients. $95 per person (wine matching and vegan menu, extra).

  • Juke Joint's All You Can Eat Fried Chicken is back, baby! Available all day, every Tuesday at each of their six sites for just $20, with complimentary slaw and tater tots thrown in for good measure.

  • Bars and eateries around Lower Hutt are serving up one-of-a-kind bevvies this month as part of the Cool As Summer Refresher Drink Challenge. From pineapple and jalapeño fizzy to iced coffee made from seaweed and even a Charizard-inspired fruit slushie, these are a whole lot cooler than your average drink.

  • There's still time to enjoy Huami's Perrier-Jouët Garden Bar, where you can soak up the sunshine with a glass of champagne in one hand and delicious snacks like crispy tabasco prawns in the other. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until January 30.

  • Leftfield Wines is teaming up with popular food forum, Lazy Susan to find Auckland's best BYO— and they need your help. Nominate your fave BYO via the Lazy Susan Facebook page, and they could win an incredible $5000 support package (much needed after the year that was 2021, we thinks).

  • It's with heavy hearts we learn of yet another hospo casualty due to COVID-19. Mela—owned by Sidart and Beirut alumni, Jack Crosti and considered by some to be one of Auckland's best restaurants—will close its doors for good on January 29. Show the team some love and book yourself in for a last supper, here.

  • And just like that... the third vintage of Sarah Jessica Parker's wine with local brand, Invivo, is here. And it looks like the 2021 Invivo X, SJP Sauvignon Blanc is already making quite the splash, having been awarded a 92-point rating by global wine authority, Wine Spectator (wines over 90 points are considered 'outstanding'). Watch Sarah Jessica and the Invivo team blending said vino, here.

  • We're always down with trying new cookies, and Arnott's new range of TeeVee Snacks X's and O's do not disappoint. These fun treats are super moreish and come in Honeycomb Chocolate, Birthday Cake and Chocolate Brownie flavour. Find them in your local supermarket.

  • When the heat hits, you'll find us reaching for Nespresso's Barista Creations for Ice. As the name suggests, these coffees are designed specifically for serving over ice and come in a range of refreshing options, including limited-edition Coconut and Tropical Coconut flavours. Shop the range, here.

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Image credit: The Seafood Collective

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