Calling all pickle fans. In honour of International Pickle Day on November 14, eateries all around Auckland and the country will be displaying their culinary might from 13 to 19 November to bring you simply dill-icious eats featuring McClure’s much-loved sweet and spicy pickles.
This year's star of the show has to be the extraordinary pickle doughnut served up by none other than Auckland's Dougnut darlings Doe Donuts. Made with cream cheese, feta and dill filling, slices of pickles, and topped with a pickle juice dill glaze it will only be available on Saturday, November 13 so if this sounds like a bit of you, don't hang about.
But that's not all, Auckland-based friends. Get in on treats from Best Ugly Bagels, Bird on a Wire, Brother’s Beer, Dedwood Deli, Hero Sandwich House, JoBros, Lowbrow, Peach’s Hot Chicken, Whitestone Cheese Bar and Winner Winner.
Although many of the participating eateries can be found around Auckland, pickle enthusiasts in Hamilton, Hastings, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Wellington, Picton, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Queenstown can get in on the action too, with menu items that vary from decadent cheese toasties and elaborate burgers to crispy fried pickle snacks and special cocktails, find the full list here.
Meanwhile, those in the South Island are in for a double treat, with two previous winners of the Great NZ Toastie Takeover serving up their popular pickle-inspired toasted sandwiches. Dunedin’s pickle connoisseurs can take another bite of the ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ from 2020 Toastie Takeover champs Hungry Hobos, while further north, the ‘Pete from Picton’—a delicious salmon and pickle toastie—will be available from Toastie Picton, this year’s Toastie Takeover People’s Choice Winner.
If the idea of pickle drinks tickle your fancy, Black Pineapple Co. has released four limited-edition boxes including a McClure’s Mary (Bloody Mary box), Pickleback Box (including branded shot glasses), McClure’s Mary & Pickleback bundle and a Weekend at Frankie’s.
So whether you’re a die-hard pickle fan, on the fence or just pickle-curious—mark your diary as you’re definitely going to want to get amongst this pickle extravaganza.
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Image credit: Doe Donuts