Cafe Chat: A day of Maori cuisine at Te Papa
Te Papa is set to embrace the Maori New Year with Nga Kai o Matariki, a whole day dedicated to cultural cuisine this Saturday. Forming part of the museum's 10 day Matariki Festival 2017, the free event will feature cooking demos and samples, alongside some family-friendly singing and music for budding young foodies.
Chefs showcasing their skills include former My Kitchen Rules NZ contestants Jay Wanakore and Sarah Chase, who'll be cooking up their guilt-free goods in the capital for the first time, such as a zucchini noodle fettuccine with a peppery kawakawa.
"We're all about showing people easy and affordable healthy meal ideas," says Wanakore.
"For dessert, we will be whipping up a clean kiwifruit and chocolate slice. It's gluten free and refined sugar-free, but totally decadent and delicious.
"For us, kai is a gift so we treat our kai with respect, it is our medicine and is what nourishes our tinana (bodies).
"As Maori we not only have a physical connection with our kai but an emotional connection with it as well. When we eat we first smell the aromas, we taste with our waha (mouth), we think about memories that it creates or reminds us of, and the main thing is that kai is made to share with friends and whanau. It's what brings us all together [and] we are really excited to be heading [to Wellington] to share, engage and connect with people."
Also joining them will be Gretty Carney of self-styled "clean kai co-op" Hapi, a Napier grocery store stocked with raw vegan and paleo-friendly food. Their ethos puts a huge emphasis on nutrition and wellbeing, so expect healthy sodas, medicinal syrups and some nourishing slow-cooked chicken soups.
Inspired by the solstice, the LoEMIS winter festival celebrates the darker, colder evenings with a series of events all over Wellington - and there are a couple of food-focused nights within the packed programme. Following on from the sell-out success of the first LoEMIS Feast, a second date has been added on June 23, at the Vogelmorn Bowling Club. Purveyors of European soul food Field & Green have produced a Scandi themed celebration with soups, delicacies, and desserts - complete with live music, readings and other entertainment. If you're a literary lover, there are still tickets left for Humours: Poetry + Chocolate. Forget food matching - check out these word pairings of four New Zealand contemporary poets with chocolates, selected by Luke Owen Smith of The Chocolate Bar. Ekor Bookshop, 6pm, 19 June.
Bin 44, situated on Queen's Wharf, has launched a Beer-gustation menu which will run until October. As the name suggests, the four-course set meal features beers instead of wines, where fried calamari is paired with a pilsner while dark chocolate mousse meets a vanilla porter. $85 per person, ($55 without drinks).
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