A few months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting ‘Wellington on a plate’ which is Wellington’s version of our Crave SIFF. This post is long over due, but hopefully it sets the scene for anyone who is considering visiting the event next year.
The City Market is a weekly market showcasing Wellington’s finest in food and wine. Some of Wellington’s top artisans showcase their talent and fresh goods for the locals.
Martin Bosely, one of New Zealand’s top chefs makes the trip out every week to cook his famous bacon and egg rolls. It’s a nice sight when you see real chefs up close and personal, manning a store when any one of his minions could do the same.
The variety and freshness of fruit and vegetable was amazing. Everything was vibrant and aromatic, and it really inspired me to get into the kitchen after seeing all the fresh produce.
Outside was an amazing outdoor fruit and vegetable market, run by what looked like local farmers. Locals turned out in the hundreds, picking and choose through baskets of fresh fruit and vegetables. As a spectator, it looked like everyone was genuinely having a good time shopping for their groceries. With fruit and vegetable looking as amazing as this, who wouldn’t be?
Fisher & Paykel MasterClass
The inaugural Wellington Fisher & Paykel Masterclass day is the ultimate festival experience for food enthusiasts. It is very similar to SIFF’s World Chef Showcase, where chefs conduct a ‘masterclass’ which includes tastings and top tips for people to replicate in their own kitchens (if you have the equipment or ingredients).
This years lineup included Desmond Harris, Alexa Johnston, Al Brown, Martin Bosley and Chef Wan from Malaysia. The common theme across all chefs was their passion for their food and cooking style. I was particularly impressed with the honesty of Alexa Johnston and Al Brown. Their philosophy is to cook food which is dear to the heart of New Zealanders, and less focus on world wide culinary trends.
We also managed to sneak in a dinner at Logan Brown, considered by many as a dining institution in Wellington. I loved the bistro yet historic feel of the place. The highlight dishes were definitely the Truffled Fries with Reggiano Parmesan!
eatshow&tell was a guest of Tourism New Zealand. Thanks guys.
City Market, Wellington
Fisher & Paykel Masterclass