FOOD SHOW RETURNS
Despite having just visited Christchurch, The Food Show will be back again in April.
The show's new date works better logistically for vendors moving south to north.
The next Food Show will be at CBS Arena April 4 to 6.
Twisted Hop Brewery co-owner Martin Bennett has announced the name of his future bar in Lincoln.
The Laboratory, to be built on Westbelt in Lincoln, will be owned by Bennett and will sell Twisted Hop brews and other craft beers, as well as having its own microbrewery on-site.
The bar is not likely to be open until sometime next year.
BARETTA BARTENDER FINALIST
Career bartender Alex Jackman has made the finals for the annual Beam Bar Legend search which puts bartenders through their paces, testing knowledge, skill, and confidence under pressure.
Jackman, formerly of King of Snake, JDV and Aikman's, is the only Cantabrian to make the finals.
His traditional Bengalese-style punch got him through the last round where contestants had to make 12 litres of punch for $300. Jackman's rum-based concoction included seven different teas and eight different spices.
He heads to Auckland this weekend to compete for the national title.
Lloyd Millar, ex-head chef at Lyttelton's Monster Yakitori, is now travelling far and wide with his custom-built food truck.
Fitted out with the yakitori grill from Monster, a teppan grill, and a deep frier, Millar is now making his living catering special events and weddings.
Wabi Sabi Catering is all about providing Japanese-style food outside the traditional teppanyaki venues.
See wabisabicatering.com to find out more.
SELWYN TRAIL TOP
Central Canterbury has beaten the competition to take top spot at the annual Best of Wine Tourism Awards.
The Selwyn Food and Wine Trail was named best Wine Tourism Service in the South Island by Great Wine Capitals Global Network.
Chief judge Dr Joanna Fountain (tourism management lecturer at Lincoln University) said the award showcased the best and encouraged excellence.
Regional winners now compete against nine other cities and regions in the international award in Napa Valley, California.
CAKE, BIG BREAKFAST
Christchurch Farmers' Market has a lot on this month for you to get involved in.
This Saturday the market celebrates its 8th birthday. Events on offer include cake decorating demonstrations (10.45am) and a Big Breakfast cooked by Passengers & Co and Riccarton House Bistro chefs.
Labour Weekend will see an extra market on Monday October 28, 10am-2pm combining stalls from the farmers market and the artisan market.
ROSSENDALE'S NEW CHEF
Rossendale in Tai Tapu Rd is now open daily for breakfast and brunch from 9am, and dinner Thursday to Sunday (5pm-late).
In sync with the changes afoot to the menu and opening hours, Rossendale has welcomed Mark McCracken to the team as head chef. McCracken was executive chef at She Chocolat in Governor's Bay.
CRONUTS GAIN MOMENTUM
Christchurch is being wooed by the ever popular cronut (croissant combined with donut).
The Preservatory at 54 Holmwood Rd, and Blax Espresso Bar on Victoria St are now offering the flaky treat every Thursday, and moves are being made to introduce them in Harewood and Merivale.
Zest will have details when outlets are confirmed.
Good Honest Products is offering a text ordering system for those who worry about missing out on the limited supply. Text your order to 027 947 0189.
Start-up company Discover Christchurch has distributed thousands of maps around Canterbury pointing people in the right direction for the latest bars, cafes, restaurants, and retail spaces.
Andrew Wright, 21, launched Discover Christchurch to keep people updated on what was where when he found it difficult to track down places to eat.
Wright has also launched a "passport" card which gives users access to discounts and offers (purchase the card online for $30).
Check out discoverchch.co.nz for more information.
No plans for Labour Weekend?
Lake Wanaka Wine and Food Festival is a great option if you're looking to leave the city.
The festival includes wine tastings, food, demonstrations, cocktail making, and live music. A Long Lunch on the Saturday will include degustation dishes from James Stapley (Whare Kea Lodge), Leungo Lippe (Boa Boa), and Shane Avant (The Landing).
See wanakafest.co.nz for the full event programme and ticketing info.
- The Press