Market madness by the beach
Sumner, in all its summery glory, is getting a little bit more excellent. Last week was the very first Sunday Sumner Market, and how nice it is to have another market on the beach scene with warmer weather headed our way. It is the perfect complement to the existing Mt Pleasant Farmers Market on Saturdays - you don't have to choose. The Sumner market is a bit of a mixture, with up-cycled goods, handmade quilts, all things homewares and gifts and local food stalls pumping out treats. It's all about shopping local, and why wouldn't you, especially with great stops nearby like Joe's Garage and The Cornershop Bistro. Food stalls look promising with the likes of Martine au March (French biscuits), authentic Italian pizza and pasta, raw food specialists, Mexican and German eats. Make a day of it! On this Sunday and all Sundays hence this summer, 10am to 2pm on Wakefield Ave.
You might have given the Cloudy Bay Pinot Duck Trail a whirl this winter. Perhaps you liked it and got a taste for the experience? Now, for summer, Cloudy Bay has a Sauvignon Blanc and Seafood Trail, starting this month. Across New Zealand, 22 eateries will be putting together a seafood dish to match the Cloudy Bay drop. You can try restaurants in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, each with their own unique dish, priced to try. Locally, the 'Trail' can be enjoyed at JDV, Bloody Mary's Aikmans, Baretta, King of Snake and Chinwag Eatthai. See cloudybay.co.nz for details.
DUX TO TWO THUMB
Something very exciting is happening in a very unassuming building on Manchester St. Number 352 Manchester is the current sales home/"beerhouse" of Two Thumb Brewing Co, recent Brewers Guild medal winners. However, at the moment they are going full tilt and installing their own brewery.
This is a pretty special brewery - it's the original Dux de Lux brewery formerly installed at the Arts Centre. It's been out of action post-quake, and Two Thumb are adding bits and bobs and fixing things here and there. But, bottom line, Two Thumb will be brewed in Dux de Lux kit, a 500L to 1000L capacity depending on the brew. Owner Clayton Wallwork says the brewery will be thoroughly tested post-install with plenty of trial brews, with it properly up and running early next year. A piece of living history, no doubt with a bright future. Nice.
Word is there's a new player opening soon on Victoria St - aka hospo central. La Di Da is an espresso and wine bar. They're in the building also housing Aroy Thai and Yamagen, right opposite The Christchurch Casino. It's looking very flash. La Di Da will be roasting coffee and has a brunch menu and tapas to boot. Looking very interesting - Zest will update you with more details soon! They're rumoured to be opening this week.
Jumping Goat Liqueur has released a Kiwi-made espresso- infused whisky designed to give you that lift in your cocktail. The brand already has a vodka product on the market. The new drop is 100 per cent New Zealand made in Auckland but is available in Canterbury bars for your tasting pleasure. It is infused with single origin Guatemalan coffee, roasted here. Check it out at Vespa, Pedal Pusher, Morrell and Co, Joe's Garage Riccarton and The Pegasus Arms.
The Festival of Transitional Architecture (FESTA) makes another move on Christchurch this weekend. One of the biggie events is CityUps where 265 students take over High St with installations designed to show the students 'elevated'vision of the future city. It's a one-night stand with local businesses operating in and around the designs.. Included: Anissa Victoria's Vintage Twilight Market, a dance hall and disco, and popup bars and cafes from the ones you love, such as Mamacitas, Dukes of Sandwich, Bao Down,Cassels & Sons, Twisted Hop, Excuse My French Crepe Cart and Black Betty. 6pm to midnight October 25 only.
If the holiday weekend includes Wanaka, pack your party spirit. The lakeside town is holding its annual festival, Wanakafest. Then further round the lakeshore the Mills family of Rippon Vineyard and Winery is letting rip and celebrating 100 years on the land and 30 years of wine growing and making. Monday Labour Day is Open Day at the Rippon Cellar Door with live music and Wanakfest events.