A Mouth-Watering Seafood Festival Is Taking Over Auckland

By Jess Willemse
12th Mar 2019

Seafood lovers, take note—a mouth-watering seafood festival is taking over Auckland this month.

Festival of the Sea runs until March 31, so all month long you can indulge in the finest Bluff Oysters and lush lunches. Head to Viaduct Harbour favourites Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill, Botswana Butchery and White + Wong’s for stunning dishes using premium, fresh New Zealand seafood. Fire up the group chat, here’s everything you need to eat.  

Progressive Weekend Lunch

Every Saturday and Sunday this March

If seafood sampling sounds like your kind of sport, don’t miss this three-course progressive lunch at Viaduct Harbour’s exclusive eateries. Kick off at White + Wong’s with bespoke prawn and coriander crystal skin dumplings. Pair this with your choice of cocktail—we’re into the Oriental Mule for a hit of vodka, lime juice and Yuzu sparkling sake.

Next up head to Botswana Butchery where you’ll be greeted with a glass of sauvignon blanc alongside delicious pan-seared Canadian scallops, pea salad and pancetta. The event will finish off at Harbourside overlooking the ocean vista with a glass of pinot noir. Their gin-cured Big Glory Bay salmon with smoked beetroot and buffalo feta wraps up this leisurely lunch in style.

If this leaves you feeling hungry, book your reservation here for $129 per person.

Banquet Long Lunch

Friday March 29

This decadent long lunch is a feed fit for royalty. Hosted at Harbourside, you’ll be treated to a flute of Nautilus Estate Cuvee on arrival, followed by pinot gris to accompany lunch.

Speaking of lunch, the gourmet banquet will feature a selection of succulent seafood dishes including market oysters, grilled scampi, Green Lip mussels and Chatham Island crayfish. We’re drooling at the thought of the hot smoked Big Glory Bay salmon with braised fennel, capers and salsa verde.

Loosen your belts and grab your tickets for the Harbourside Banquet Long Lunch here for $175 per person.

Festival of the Sea Offers

All month long you’ll be able to enjoy unique and delicious offers when dining at Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill, Botswana Butchery or White + Wong’s. There are 16 dishes and dining experiences on offer, including an exclusive seafood degustation.

White + Wong’s will be serving a modern Asian banquet, where you can devour prawn dumplings, crispy crab, market fish curry and more for just $70 per person. Harbourside are offering up picture-perfect rainbow sushi rolls (read: salmon, avocado, wasabi mayo) paired with a refreshing rosé. Meanwhile Botswana Butchery will be serving four types of oysters from Te Matuku, Clevedon, Orongo Bay and Mahurangi—this really is a seafood lover's dream.   

The Details

What: Festival of the Sea
When: March 1–31
Where: Viaduct Harbour | Harbourside Ocean Bar Grill, Botswana Butchery and White + Wong’s

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