Cafe chat: Mobile munchies
Sumner is marking the change of season with a Hello Spring! promotion in the village. From now until Sunday, September 9, there'll be dining deals and shopping specials including a Spring Feast menu and cocktails at Clink, whitebait, risotto prima vera and poached pear and crumble with matched Pegasus Bay Wines at The Cornershop Bistro, and sweetie rolls and coffee at Joe's Garage. Quicksilver has a $1000 Bring on Summer prize pack up for grabs. Keep an eye on the Sumner Village Facebook page for what's happening each day.
Thank goodness for mobile coffee and food vans. They do a great job bringing life back to the city and two more vans have established themselves on the fringe of the shrinking cordon. Baker Peter Bittermann lost more than 70 per cent of his business after the quake. His The German Master Bakery van is located on the corner of Salisbury and Victoria streets from Tuesday to Friday 9am-noon, and then Tuesday afternoons in Lyttelton, Wednesday and Friday afternoons in Sumner, Thursday afternoons in Redcliffs and Saturdays 9am- 3pm outside Peter Timbs Butchery in Edgeware.
Meanwhile, The Flying Cup is working with Gap Filler to bring some life to the Peterborough and Colombo streets corner and has a wide range of sandwiches and slices on offer as well as its own roasted coffee which is described as having "a candy finish".
Open Monday to Friday, 7.30am-2pm.
Wine of ages
Gibbston Valley Winery is dusting off a few classic pinot noir vintages. A vertical tasting at Queenstown Resort College marks the vineyard's 25th anniversary celebration of its first commercial harvest. Winery founder Alan Brady and Grant Taylor who was the winemaker for 14 years, as well as current winemaker Christopher Keys, will be hosting the event giving punters a chance to sip on some "excruciatingly rare wine", says Brady. The wines include Gibbston Valley Pioneer Pinot Noirs (1990, 1991, 1993), the Golden Years (1996, 1999, 2000), GT Classics (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005) and Modern Times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011). This Saturday from 10.30am. Tickets $120 per person - email@example.com
Avenues magazine has come on board as the naming rights partner for the International Aromatic Wine Competition. It is the 10th year of the competition, which is hosted by the Canterbury A&P show. Entries for the 2012 competition are now open. Chairman of judges Terry Copeland will lead a panel of judges which include Petter Evans (Sherwood Estate), Yvonne Lorkin (beverages editor, Dish magazine), Jim Harre (New Zealand Winegrowers), Sam Kim (wine writer), Kate Radburnd (The Wine Institute of New Zealand), and Sarah Burton (Cloudy Bay). Wines will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals with an overall winner from each variety receiving the section trophy. All section winners then compete for the title of Supreme Champion Wine in Show. A new addition to the trophy list this year is the Spence Brothers Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Producer. Entries close at 5pm on October 3 with winners announced October 10.
Congratulations to Richard Hingston and his team at the Christchurch Casino Grand Cafe, who won the Spirit Award of the Monteith's Beer and Wild Food Challenge for going the extra mile to bring the challenge experience to life. Hingston was also one of 17 regional finalists out of 132 to make the semi-finals with his Waddle, Jump . . . Bang! trio of wild meats matched with Monteith's Original Ale. Other South Island restaurants to make it to the final cook-off on September 10 include The Pedal Pusher (with a spicy wild goat curry from chef Ruaire Murray served with basmati rice and naan bread, matched with Monteith's Golden Lager); Pegasus Arms (chef Ryan Gallagher served up A Flying Pear of Pigs, and Monteith's Crushed Pear Cider); Mount Cook Backpacker Lodge & Chamois Bar & Grill, Mt Cook (What a Pig, created by chef Kane Barnaby was paired with Monteith's Crushed Apple Cider); the Thomas Green Public House and Dining Room in Gore (chef Sam Brotherston created Goats in the Paddock accompanied by Monteith's Radler Bier).
Congratulations to Marlborough viticulturist Matthew Duggan from Treasury Wine Estates' Matua Valley who took second place in the 2012 Markhams Young Viticulturist of the Year competition. The title was won by Wairarapa viticulturist Braden Crosby from Borthwick Estate in Carterton and Hawke's Bay's Johnny La Trobe was placed third
Congratulations . . .
to Suzanne Chatfield, of Strowan; Warwick Schulz, of Kaiapoi; Wilhelmina Wortel, of Parklands; Janine Holland, of Methven; and Rose Drummond, of Clifton, who have each won a pizza prize pack.