Food & Drink

The Feed | The NZ Food News You Need To Know

By Kathryn Steane
6th Nov 2019

The Feed, All the NZ food news you need to know

Calling all foodies! Sink your teeth into these tasty tidbits from around the country.

  • If you're as avo-obsessed as we are, you're going to love the latest specials from Burger Burger. These include a Mexican Chicken Burger (available until December 1) and Holy Guacamole chip-and-dip combo (available from November 18 until December 8); both featuring lashings of creamy, green avo goodness made with fruit from The Avo Tree.

  • Duck Island will be slinging an epic vegan sundae this weekend, featuring coconut, vanilla and black sticky rice ice-cream, chocolate fudge and Little Bird Organics' banana bread walnuts. The latter are part of a new range from Little Bird, which also includes cheesy chipotle cashews and salty seaweed almonds.

  • If dining under the stars and amongst the vines sounds like your thing (um, yes!), head along to The Hunting Lodge's annual Meet The Makers dinner. You'll also get to also mingle with some of the chefs, food producers and other experts involved in creating your meal.

  • End your weekend with a special Sunday sesh over at The Elephant Wrestler. This Takapuna fave is joining forces with Auckland Food Truck Collective to bring you some of the city's best street-food vendors, as well as a live DJ and, of course, drinks aplenty.

  • Delicious, provincial gin is just a sip away thanks to Island Gin. Crafted on Great Barrier Island, this new brew is copper pot-distilled and combines organic Macedonian juniper with locally-harvested honey in a beautiful, reclaimed-glass bottle that screams 'repurpose me!'.

  • Waiana Estate has just released the 2019 vintage of its primary rosé blend, Indian Summer. This pretty, Provencal-style wine is made from a unique combination of Hawke's Bay grapes; resulting in a delightful tipple that fans of the pink drink are sure to love.

  • Miss Currant has launched a new powder made from New Zealand blackcurrants which may help increase energy levels, protect against diseases and boost anti-ageing properties. Simply stir through your favourite smoothie or baking mix, or enjoy with a glass of water.

  • Say olé to the range of authentic, handmade burritos from Cartel Food Co. The country's only frozen version of this popular food, they come in a number of mouth-watering flavours including Poblano Chilli Pulled Pork, Beans & Cheese, and Chilli & Lime Shredded Chicken.

  • We love Whittakers anything, and the brand's new 72% Dark Ghana Fruit & Nut block is no exception. A richer and erm, darker take on it's widely-loved creamy milk offering, this decadent treat has us thinking of Christmas, and nights by the fire with a glass of red.

  • Pour yourself a cup of fine, organic goodness with the new collection of teas from Studio Red Wellness. Created by yoga and meditation expert Vicky Cullinane, these include fresh takes on old favourites such as Peppermint and Kawakawa, and Earl Grey with Manuka Leaf.

  • Christmas magic is in the air over at Miann, which is celebrating the holidays with a themed tasting menu, chocolate bars and other offerings. Good luck deciding which of these amazing treats to eat.

  • Also getting into the festive spirit is Bluebells Cakery. Hit up one of its Auckland stores (or online) for a range of charming, handcrafted treats including cupcakes, mince tarts and Christmas cakes, as well as beautiful gift boxes of biscuits, fudge and rocky road.

  • Looking to up your gift-giving game this Christmas? A limited-edition, shimmering gold bottle of Moët Impérial should do the trick. This one-off, festively packaged version of the drink actually marks its 150th anniversary.

  • Nut-butter lovers, do we have news for you... Fix & Fogg have just released two mouth-watering new spreads: Chocolate Hazlenut Butter, and Chocolate Almond Butter. Slather some on a slice of toast, or eat it by the spoonful-we won't judge!

And in food news happening further afield... an Italian company is hosting a cruise that's entirely dedicated to chocolate; American McDonald's fans have been freaking out over the fact the burger giant bought back its most iconic Happy Meal toys recently; and Christmas-themed potato chips in such flavours as glazed ham, brussels sprout and cheese and cranberry are currently flying off the shelves in England (the jury's still out on this one!).

Image credit: Benjamin Sow

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