Foodies are spoilt for choice during August with the regional Wellington On A Plate festival and national Monteith's Beer and Wild Food competition rolling out a huge selection of taste-bud-tempting culinary delights, including a small Hutt contingent.
The wild food challenge began on July 16 and 130 entrants throughout the country will serve up their beer-matched wild food creations until August 12. This is the competition's 15th year and four Petone eateries are taking part, though none from the rest of the Hutt Valley.
Murphy's Law Irish bar is trying its luck with an Irish- Kiwiana fusion seafood plate, the Strike Entertainment Centre and Jackson St Cafe and Bistro have each created beer- infused slow-cooked winter stews and the Petone Working Men's Club is serving up Bambi in a pasta sauce.
Five Hutt City establishments also have plans to serve up special Wellington on a Plate menus from August 11 to 26.
Hundreds of eateries will take part in the annual festival with events throughout the region, including an explosion of entries in the people's choice Burger Wellington battle, which has grown to 64 entries this year.
Gusto Bistro, Cobar Restaurant, Hot Like a Mexican and The Empire have all put up their own gourmet burger creations as well as special menus, and La Bella Italia is also in for the menu challenge.
During the festival keen gourmands can also take part in a range of region-wide events, including Beervana, a craft beer festival held on August 17 and 18 at Westpac Stadium, and the New Zealand Chocolate Festival from August 24 to 26 at the InterContinental Hotel.
Lower Hutt events include pasta- and cheese-making classes, a joint Cobar and East by West Ferry oyster extravaganza evening, and a walking tour of foodie destinations in Petone.
For more information visit visawellingtononaplate.co.nz or wildfoodmonteiths.co.nz
- Hutt News