Cafe chat: New bars and plenty of laughs

Last updated 13:37 26/02/2014

FOOD FOCUS: BearLion (seen here at Riccarton Farmers' Market) will be at Nostalgia Festival.

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The Bog Irish Bar, formerly of Cashel St, will be re-opening in new digs in Victoria St. The new bar will be almost double the size of the old with a quirky new fitout. Owner Max Bremner says the bar is styled as if it was 200 years old, and was reopening after a 100-year closure. Parts would reference an industrial steampunk-style era, other parts will be fitted out like a traditional Irish pub. The Bog will the latest bar to open on Victoria St, which is getting a name as Christchurch's nightlife precinct.


The Nostalgia Festival to be held this Saturday promises to be very food focused. From 12.30pm to 6pm at Ferrymead Heritage Park the festival will offer awesome food and music "set in history". A Local Food Project will be making pizza and The Woolston Market will be there grilling meat, making salads and serving cheeses. Cakes by Anna will be there with her lovely creations, as will gourmet sammie stall Dukes of Sandwich and BearLion Foods. Cassels will be providing the beer and Lyttelton Coffee Co will bring the coffee. See festival details at


Food caravan favourite That Mexican Guy has been serving up delicious inauthentic Mexican food at Volstead in Riccarton for many months now. However, TMG moved out of Volstead on Friday, forever. Will Volstead will be doing its own Mexican food now? Meanwhile TMG will be at the Nostalgia Festival on Saturday and will likely pop up at other events now and then.


The Twisted Hop on Ferry Rd will be hosting comedians every Sunday from March 2 to 23. The Raw Comedy Competition will see comedians vie for a spot in Auckland's 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival. Make the most of this partnership as it's a chance to enjoy some comedy with a cold craft beer or cider at your elbow. Tickets are $10 and acts will take the stage on Sundays from 7.30pm- 9pm. See The Twisted Hop Woolston on Facebook.


New Zealand's Burger Fuel folk are trialling a new and hopefully improved version of the Doofer. Burger Fuel is currently testing its new Doofer at its Bush Inn restaurant, with any required modifications to be made after the trial run. The new model features less cardboard (21 per cent less for the statistically-minded) and has only two flaps to assemble rather than the traditional four. Check Burger Fuel out at Bush Inn.


Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Wellington has just launched its cooking class schedule for the year. Classes announced include macarons, Easter treats, and the perfect roast. See for details and bookings.


Chillingworth Road is hosting cooking classes for locals keen to learn some new skills at an affordable price. Most classes only take an hour or two, and cost $40-$65. Attendees at this cook school get hands-on experiences with the dishes and skills demonstrated. Classes announced to date include bread making, cake decorating, gluten-free cooking and baking (cup cakes, and hot cross buns). Other classes demonstrate the skills of pasta making and filleting fish. See or call 03 352 7784 for information.

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The food show is back in Christchurch from April 4-6. The show is promising everything from weight loss trends and healthy food to indulgent treats. Cooking demonstrators include Simon Gault, Ray McVinnie, Annabelle White, Julie Le Clerc, Nadia Lim and Peta Mathias.


Christchurch's Hornby branch of Wendy's is among 22 New Zealand outlets to welcome Wendy's hit burger from the United States, the Pretzel bacon cheeseburger. The bun is replaced by a soft pretzel and is served with a beef pattie, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese mustard and salad. The burger arrived in Christchurch last week and is selling for $8.90.

- The Press


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