Honey for sale, new beer on offer
After months of careful planning, fastidious maintenance, and high hopes, CPIT's Rooftop Honey is finally on the shelves. Beekeeper and tutor David Spice started the honey project late last year. The CPIT rooftop houses 60,000 bees in two hives, with others dotted around the city. The multi-floral honey is now on sale at the Visions Pantry Cafe at CPIT, $5 per 200g jar.
FOR THE SUMMER DIARY
Summer is on the way and what better way to welcome it than with thoughts of picnics outdoors. Be sure to mark March 8 in the calendar. Dog Point Vineyard will be hosting its annual Classic Kiwi Picnic in Marlborough this summer. The vineyard and Logan Brown Restaurant put on a full spread for picnickers - well worth a weekend north to get involved. Tickets are limited, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
WILD FOOD HONOURS
After weeks of judging, the Monteith's Wild Food Challenge has wrapped up. The South Island put forward many excellent entries, but Lake Ohau Lodge was chosen by the people. Chefs Bradley Alty and Tom Dacombe took the prestigious People's Choice award with Hare in Ohau: braised hare and caramelised red onion pie with seared loin, roasted beetroot, winter greens, smoked kumara aioli, rose hip and bone marrow jus. The overall winner was Ribier Restaurant, north of Auckland.
ALL THAT JAZZ
Passengers and Co on Russley Rd is celebrating spring with jazz every Friday in September, from 4pm till 6pm. Each event will offer punters pizza and drinks specials.
The Piper Heidsieck French Fest is coming to Akaroa this October. The three-day weekend celebrations (October 11-13) offer up everything French - culture, heritage, cuisine, wine and entertainment. It was last held in 2011 and attracted more than 10,000 people. The programme includes a soiree, a parade, a festival on the green, mardi gras, and the infamous cricket competition, which some say is more fiercely contested than the Ashes. Check out event details and sort out your tickets at frenchfest.co.nz.
Three South Island early childhood centres have made the finals for the Mother Earth Reward competition, which promotes wholesome food and healthy eating. Lees Street Kindergarten (Invercargill), Nelson South Kindergarten (Nelson) and Westport North School (West Coast) have all made the finals for the awards which will see three winners receive $2500 cash, and $1500 given to the most promising entrant. The public can vote for People's Choice ($500 prize) at motherearth.co.nz.
JET SET CAKES
Just Desserts owner Andrew Clarke and his two top cake decorators will be heading off on a trip of a lifetime in a few weeks, visiting the International Baking Industry Exposition in Las Vegas. The event is the second-largest bakery show in the world, and will involve three days on foot absorbing all the latest and greatest innovations in baking and decorating. Clarke is taking his staff as an immersive inspiration for bringing the very best back to Christchurch this summer. Highlights of the show include workshops from Buddy Valastro - star of Food TV's hit show, Cake Boss. Check out Just Desserts on Wordsworth St in Sydenham.
Cassels and Sons Brewery is offering up a beer they hope will tempt drinkers over to the more complex craft beer experience. At the moment, their best selling beers are the milder lagers, but Zak Cassels says he is hoping the new Cassels Pale Ale will be an appealing transition beer for those not used to the stronger flavours of craft beers. It is a softer, fruitier version of the existing IPA pale ale and could be more appealing to those new to beer. Check it out on tap at The Brewery (Woolston), CBD Bar in the city, and Gustav's Kitchen at The Tannery.
OPEN IN PAPANUI
Station One Cafe is now open at 509 Papanui Rd, offering Vivace coffee and a full daily menu, Monday to Friday 7am-5pm, Saturday/Sunday 8am-5pm.
TROTTING CUP LIQUOR BAN
Revellers at this year's Trotting Cup Day in Addington might need to curb their enthusiasm to avoid police attention. Drinking in the streets will not be allowed on the busy Tuesday at the races. A liquor ban will be in force in Addington from 9am to 10pm on November 12 - the first big "party" day of the annual New Zealand Cup and Show Week. Racegoers would do well to organise pre-races functions nearby without the need to carry alcohol when travelling to the race venue. The ban will not prevent celebrations in licensed premises before the event, but would affect people wanting to walk the nearby streets with alcohol.