Taste of Auckland turned 5 this year and was everything the festival promised to be with a great line up of chefs, restaurants and gourmet products. It is the best foodie festival in Auckland that brings the best of hospitality and small specialty producers under one umbrella for you to sample. It is an outdoor event, so in the event of rain you are going to get wet but, luckily the weather was gorgeous when I was there. The sun was out, the band played music non-stop and the festival was buzzing with happy foodies.
The festival spending money is crowns ($1 equals 1 crown) which you purchase on a card and spend it at any restaurants or stalls. You can credit your card when you run out of crowns. This year, the winning dishes for me were from The Commons and Toto. Every year, there seems to be one or two restaurants that really do it for me. Apart from eating dishes from restaurants and sampling food from producers, there is always the Fisher&Paykel kitchen. You would think a perfect lamb roast needs a perfect oven and the guys at Fisher&Paykel have thought about it very carefully. We tried perfectly roasted lamb and guessed the ingredients which was all for fun of course.
This year, Kenwood transformed their kitchen into a tea party wonderland with staff dressed in wonderland costumes! I also attended Annabelle White's Kenwood session and if you have ever been to one of her cooking demos or classes you'll know what a delight she is to watch. It was an hour of laughter and some cooking tips on the side! A few food trucks made their way into the festival this year, all quite retro and added the cuteness factor to the day. Cold drinks, coffee and ice creams are always available if you need to cool yourself down or warm up! The Kapiti tent and The Beverage Boy were extremely popular this year.
If you would like to be a little adventurous with your food then, Taste of Auckland is the best place to start!
|Happy mum enjoying the sun and the food!|