Town Tonic slated to open
ST ASAPH GROWS
St Asaph St has welcomed yet another dining option with the opening of the Lemon Tree Cafe, near the Manchester St intersection and neighbouring St Asaph St Kitchen. From the potted plants outside to the piles of antique finds and gorgeous crockery, Lemon Tree Cafe is a wee gem. Owner Rosemary Jang used to own Rosie's Cafe on Papanui Rd. She sold up a year ago and has been working on opening her new venture, which started up a week ago. The full menu is yet to be finalised, but cabinet food and coffee is all go. Check it out, open 7.30am-5pm Monday to Saturday, ph 03 379 0949.
WINE AND SOUND
The Auricle on New Regent St has a brand new exhibition open this month, Ekklesia by Matthew Scobie. The sonic gallery is also a wine bar meaning you can enjoy the artistic sounds while simultaneously enjoying a nice glass of pinot noir. The exhibition is on until the end of January. Check out The Auricle on Facebook for opening hours.
Summer wouldn't be summer without an overload of awesome festivals, and this year Nostalgia is being added to the mix on March 1. Nostalgia will celebrate music and food, and will include performances from Sal Valentine and The Babyshakes. For foodies, A Local Food Project will be making pizzas, and a "mystery Mexican eatery" will be onsite, as well as Cakes by Anna and gourmet sammies. The food will be complemented by Cassels beers and Waipara wines, including a few from the exclusive Black Estate. More info at Wunderbound.co.nz.
The Town Tonic is opening at 335 Lincoln Rd in late-February/early-March this year. Not much is known about this secretive new venture, but glimpses of its construction can be caught in the Moore Stephens Markhams building. The Town Tonic will be all about local and European cuisine, coffee and wine service. Zest will have more details in coming weeks.
Sydenham is picking up yet another awesome cafe this year when Hello Sunday opens on the corner of Elgin and Durham streets. Hello Sunday is next door to Pascha, behind Spotlight, and will open in a restored wooden heritage building, formerly a Sunday school. At this stage, opening is not likely to be until mid-February, but it will be offering the excellent Switch coffee when it does. Find Hello Sunday on Facebook forupdates.
Underground Coffee Company is moving from Cass St to 190 Durham St, next to central city stalwart, Vino Fino. Underground continues to supply many Canterbury cafes with excellent coffee. Check it out at its new HQ in February.
Rumour has it BearLion real food company will be opening a cafe in New Brighton this year. You may have spotted BearLion products at the farmers markets. Hopefully the new venture will be just as delicious. See BearLion Foods on Facebook for updates.
Dramfest is coming up fast and founder Michael Fraser Milne (owner of Whisky Galore) says tickets are alredy selling fast, and about 1200 people are expected. The biennial expo (February 28- March 2) will be mostly held at Wigram Aviation Museum, kicking off on a Friday night with a murder mystery evening. More than 250 single malts and blends will be available for tasting, with the weekend completed with tasting sessions hosted by experts from eight distilleries. Find ticket info at dramfest.co.nz.