(April 5th-7th 2019)
Kicking off this April (5th-7th) is the inaugural Feast Waikato. With a series of food events; from dinners and lunches to tours, talks and markets, all celebrating the mighty Waikato this is a weekend to mark in the diary.
The weekend will be launched on Friday the 5th of April with a progressive dinner down Hamilton’s Victoria Street. This unique dinner is sure to not only set the scene for a fabulous weekend but sell out fast!
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Businesses, groups or individuals wanting to be involved or hold Feast events please get in touch with the Waikato Food Inc Team before the end of Feb 2019.
Launch Event -
CBD Event Progressive Dinner
Join us for the launch of Feast Waikato with a unique dinner comprising of four great restaurants, four amazing course paired with a special drink.
We start the night at one of our most awards restaurants, Palate for canapes over-looking the Waikato River. A short stroll to Riverbank Mall and entrée at Mr Pickles before it’s off to Dough Bros for a main packed with local delights. Capping off the night we finish at the other end of the street and another view of the mighty Waikato river with dessert at Gothenburg.
This fabulous night will sell out fast!
Note: This is a set menu so no dietary adjustments can be made. Not suitable for vegetarians, gluten free, dairy free…
Friday 5th April.
Start time 5.45pm Palate Restaurant, Alma Street, Hamilton
Thank you to CBD Events for their support in bringing this dinner together.
Friday 5th April.
includes 4 course meal with matching drinks
Saturday - 6th April 2019
Gather Food House
Eggcellent Eggs with Gather Food House
Join owner and Chef at Gather Food House for a master class on eggs and learn how to turn out the perfect breakfast. Light refreshments included.
Saturday 6th April, 10am
5a Somerset St, Frankton
Smith and McKenzie Steak House
How to cook the Perfect steak. Steak Master Class
Steak Master Class from the team at Smith & McKenzie
(in association with Magills Meat) on cooking a great steak using only the best locally produced meat, plus how to put together a tasty BBQ platter.
Saturday 6th April, 11am
13 Lynden Court, Chartwell
Foundation Bar & Kitchen Lounge
Get your team of four together
(max. 4 in a team) and test your culinary knowledge.
Free nibbles served
Foundation Bar & Kitchen, The Base Te Rapa
Saturday 6th April, 4pm
$25 per team
Wonderpickles #2 - A Brunch for Adults
Wonder Horse and Mr. Pickles have once again teamed up to present 'a brunch for adults'.
A surprise two course brunch menu matched with cocktails.
Drinks by wonder horse
Food by mr. pickles
NOTE -no dietary requirements, no substitutions , no children
Saturday 6th April, 10am
Mr Pickles, Riverbank Mall
Celebrate Feast Waikato with a Fiesta at Hayes Common. The festivities will include;
Live vinyl with DJ Cian - funk, soul, Latin, global sounds 5pm - 8pm
Live music from 8pm - 10pm Spit roast/BBQ + cocktails + craft beer + festivities
Saturday 5th April, 5-10pm
Over The Moon Dairy
Cheesemaking Demo at Over the Moon
See how these award-winning Waikato cheeses are made.
Over the Moon Putaruru Deli,
33 Tirau St, and Putaruru
Saturday 6th April, 2-3pm
Over The Moon Deli Cambridge
70 Victoria St, Cambridge
Sunday 7th April, 2-3pm
Over The Moon Cheese Tastings
Cheese Tastings at Over the Moon Dairy
All-day tastings of Over the Moons most unique cheeses (like Southern Cross, our 4-milk blend)
All weekend long -Fri 5th -Sun 7th April
Both Over the Moon Delis
Sip, Swirl and Nibble at Scotts Epicurean
Scotts Collab with Clevedon Buffalo and Dhall & Nash
Scotts Epicurean’s head chef Brenton Hahn has teamed up with Clevedon buffalo co. and Dhall & Nash Fine Wines to present an afternoon of award-winning buffalo cheeses and fine wines.
Enjoy an array of Clevedon Buffalo cheeses, canapes and sweet treats while sampling a selection of wines from Dhall & Nash. Representatives from Clevedon Buffalo Co. and Dhall & Nash will be in attendance to talk through all things cheese and wine while enjoying scrumptious treats crafted by Scotts Epicurean.
Nibble, swirl and sip your way to Scotts Epicurean for an afternoon of all thing cheese & wine.
Saturday 6th April, 4.30pm
Feast of Movies On Victoria On the River
CBD Events presents a binge of foodie movies free for your enjoyment at the wonderful Victoria on the River.
A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. Rated PG
A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. Rated M low level sex and violence
A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. Written, directed and starring Jon Favreau. Rated M offensive language
Saturday 6th April
Grey St Kitchen
Latte Art Lesson
Latte Art Lesson
Learn to turn your coffee into a work of art with the Grey Street Kitchens talented Barista team.
This workshop is open to any level of coffee enthusiasts. Dennis and John (both of whom are competing in the National Latte Art Champs in May) will demonstrate latte art skills from the basic patterns like a heart to complex patterns then giving you a chance to try your hand at it.
No espresso making required for the event, as a quick run through of the espresso making and milk steaming part will be covered.
Grey Street Kitchen
355 Grey Street, Hamilton East
Saturday 6th April, 4.30-6.30pm
Zealong Tea & Pâtisserie Experience
Join Zealong's Blend Master Amy Reason and French Pastry Chef Claire Guenegan for an evening of indulgence as you journey through seven courses of French petits fours specially designed to complement Zealong's award-winning Waikato-grown teas. Hear expert commentary on the menu design and tea pairings while overlooking Zealong's stunning tea terraces.
• Chef Claire learnt her craft in her home country of France, later travelling to Norway, New York, Australia and finally New Zealand to further develop her art. Using her expertise and knowledge, she creates desserts, cakes, tarts, and gateaux matching the New Zealand palate.
• Zealong Tea Estate is widely regarded as a Waikato icon and the only commercial tea estate in New Zealand, producing award-winning, certified organic, New Zealand-grown tea. Offering serene views, a variety of event venues, public activities and tours,Zealong Tea Estate is a must-visit destination.
Sat 6 Apr 2019, 4:00pm–6:00pm
Feast Waikato Cookbook Sale/Swap
Love a good cookbook? Looking for inspiration in the kitchen? Wanna pick up a bargain? Come along to our Feast Waikato Cookbook Sale/swap.
Got a bunch of cookbooks you want someone else to enjoy? Book a table at the sale/swap by emailing email@example.com - Just $10 a table.
Another great Feast Waikato event brought to you by Waikato Food Inc.
Sat 6 Apr 2019, 10:00am–12:00pm
Two Courses Without Horses
Yalla Yalla, in collaboration with renowned Chef Logan Murray of Thyme Square, present the best in plant based deliciousness for the discerning.
Celebrate soulful kai with Dj Booth providing fabulous tunes with your fork knives and spoons.
2 sittings - 5.30pm and 7.30pm
Another great Feast Waikato event brought to you by Waikato Food Inc
Sat 6 Apr 2019, 5:30pm–7:30pm
Sat 6 Apr 2019, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Alpha St Kitchen
Local Lunch at Alpha St Kitchen & Bar
Alpha St Kitchen & Bar invite you to lunch showcasing some of their favourite Waikato producers paired with the award winning Takapoto Estate Wines.
Over a four-course lunch taste 6 wines from Takapoto with winemaker and Cambridge local Andy Anderson. Supported by Volare and Bidfresh Hamilton.
Arrival 12.15pm for 12.30pm start.
National Hotel building, 47 Alpha Street, Cambridge
Sat 6 Apr 2019, 12:15pm
Sunday 7th April
Arkanda Living & Interiors
Taste of My Travels with Wayne Good
Join Wayne in his home for a delicious cooking class with a few of his favourite dishes from his travels.
Wayne Good from Arkanda Living and Interiors is renowned for his Christmas cooking classes which sell out each year. Wayne also leads tours to France each year and soon India. Food, travel and design are Waynes’ passion so don’t miss this opportunity to spend a Sunday morning literally eating up what Wayne has to offer.
Sunday 7th April, 9.30am
Cost $80 Limit of 12 tickets
Sky City – The Local Taphouse
Good Local High Tea
A high tea using all local produce served with a bottomless cup of Green or Black tea from Zealong Tea Estate.
Think High tea classics like sandwiches but with a Waikato flavour – Cambridge duck with Wild Country Mango and Lime Salsa or sweet treats like Monavale Blueberry tarts with Raglan Coconut yoghurt.
Add 5 beer/cider matches from Good George for $15 (available on the day at the Taphouse)
$50pp with $5 from every ticket being donated to Kaivolution
Sky City The Local Taphouse
346b Victoria St, Hamilton
Sun 7 Apr 2019, 12:00pm–1:30pm
Sun 7 Apr 2019, 1:30pm–3:00pm
Sun 7 Apr 2019, 3:00pm–4:30pm
It's Alive! A Dough Bros Workshop
Join the Dough Bros team as they guide you through a hands-on workshop creating two popular items from their menu. Groups will take turns to learn about, and have a go at making, our sourdough wood-fired pizzas and seasonal fruit shrub beverages.
Gain insight on how to make sourdough pizza at home, controlling rising and fermentation times. Have a go at stretching out your own base into whatever shape your heart desires (or talent allows). Pick from a selection of premium toppings including specialist locally-sourced fare. See your creation transform in our oven and enjoy your spoils.
Learn how to make fruit shrubs (drinking vinegars), popular in the 17th and 18th centuries. This old practice allows you to savour seasonal fruits for an extended period of time in a resulting refreshing beverage that can be mixed with soda water for a nice mocktail or used in mixed alcoholic drinks.
Prices include a private experience at Dough Bros; including a whole pizza of your own creation and two drinks from our seasonal shrub making station or house wine/tap beer if preferred.
Dough Bros, 250 Victoria Street, Hamilton
Tables on the River Reunion Dinner
Tables on the River Reunion Dinner
Five courses from five fabulous local chefs all of whom cooked at the legendary Tables on the River.
Tables on the River was an icon in the Hamilton hospitality scene in the 90s and many of those who worked there have gone on to have great culinary careers. For one night only Matt from Palate is bringing the crew back. The line up includes Mike Huitema (The Peppertree in Coromandel), Harry Williams (Alpha Street Kitchen, Cambridge), Brad King (Falls Retreat, Waihi), Andrew Clarke (Camarosa, ex VSB) and Matt Mclean (palate, Hamilton)
Don’t miss this amazing night!
Palate, Alma Street, Hamilton
Sunday 7th April, 5.30pm
$125pp (includes 5 courses, wine matches additional)
Zealong Tea & Chocolate Experience
Join Zealong's Blend Master Amy Reason and French Pastry Chef Claire Guenegan for a masterclass in tea and chocolate, as you sample carefully curated pairings of NZ-made chocolates and Zealong's Waikato-grown teas. Unlock your palate using the senses of sight, smell, and taste, and learn about the intricacies of tea and chocolate production while overlooking Zealong's stunning tea terraces.
Chef Claire learnt her craft in her home country of France, later travelling to Norway, New York, Australia and finally New Zealand to further develop her art. With her company The Dessert Experience, she shares her passion for the world's finest food products through tastings and culinary workshops.
Zealong Tea Estate is widely regarded as a Waikato icon and the only commercial tea estate in New Zealand, producing award-winning, certified organic, New Zealand-grown tea. Offering serene views, a variety of event venues, public activities and tours,Zealong Tea Estate is a must-visit destination.
Sunday 7th April, 2pm - 4pm
Brewery Open Day
Live music all afternoon and free guided tours to get a behind the scenes look at Good George Brewery on the hour between 1-5pm.
Sun 7 Apr 2019, 1:00pm–5:00pm
Hamilton Gardens Café in association with Hamilton Gardens and Waikato Food Inc present a series of edible gardening talks to inspire.
- 9.30am - Angelique from Wild Country.
- 10.30am - Charles Royal, renowned Maori chef and forager cooks with Kumara. Did you know the Hamilton Gardens, Te Parapara Garden has a huge variety of kumara including many heritage varieties.
- 11.30am - Garden tour $20pp Bookings essential
- 12.45nn - Lynda Hallinan – Autumn gardening workshop along with her latest book Damson
- 2pm - Garden tour $20pp Bookings essential
- 3pm - Shannon from backyard Jem and Marea from Good Bugs get sprouting and fermenting
Sun 7 Apr 2019, 9:30am–4:00pm
celebrating food produced locally & at home