Paperboy's guide to Wellington on a Plate

Wellington really knows how to food fest. Here’s just a small selection of the line-up of food workshops, pop-ups, and restaurant takeovers taking place in August’s Wellington on a Plate. Book your flights south, and loosen your belts! 11–27 Aug, see for more events

Five thought-provoking feasts
Something a bit different

Māori flavours fuse with modern New Zealand cuisine at Bush Kai feast with Taonga Pūoro, where chef Nic Spicer and bush kai enthusiast Leon Hemi plate up locality, accompanied by music and commentary from acclaimed Māori musician Rob Thorne.

Foraging and seasonality are also brought into sharp focus at Roots in the Capital – a one-night-only degustation by Giulio Sturla of award-winning Lyttelton restaurant Roots.

Discover the ingredients, culture and art of our Pacific neighbour at Made by a Samoan: a three-night party at L’affare Roastery with canapes by emerging Māori-Samoan chef Monique Fiso and music from hip-hop pioneer Ian Seumanu (DJ Raw).

Wellington food rescue charity Kaibosh’s annual sell-out event All Taste, No Waste (above left) returns this year, with Logan Brown’s Shaun Clouston bringing fine dining flair to commonly ignored and underused ingredients. Each ticket purchased for the two-night dinner event goes towards a special dinner for those who regularly receive Kaibosh’s services.

Also making a return is Martin Bosley’s Rimutaka Prison Gate to Plate dinner (above right), which highlights some of the talent hidden in our prisons, and the potential for positive outcomes when the community supports prisoners. Inmates cater a three-course dinner with canapes (served with non-alcoholic beverages) under the mentorship of Bosley and two guest chefs.

The carnivore- herbivore scale
Six Wellington on a Plate events provoking chat about meat-eating


A Pig of a Day

Meet the producers of Longbush Pork on their farm, learn how to cure pork belly for pancetta and then enjoy a wine-matched three-course lunch at Greytown’s La Pancetta restaurant. Sat 12 & Sun 13 Aug, $145

Pop Goes the Weasel

In light of the government’s plans to create a predator-free New Zealand by 2050, The Larder in Miramar presents five courses of local pests (animal and plant). Tue 15 Aug, $99

Bizarre Bites: Hints of a Hen

A competition rather than a full meal: identify five different cuts of chicken while blindfolded and go in to win a bar tab and a whole lotta glory at Dragonfly restaurant.  Mon 14 & Mon 21 Aug, $40



The Progressive Herbivore

Olive head chef Jamie Morgan (above) demonstrates how tasty plants can be using progressive techniques from dehydration to fermentation at this sit-down dinner. 15–17 Aug, $99

What Fat Vegans of Wellington Eat

Sweet Release cafe serves up an all-vegan menu of comfort food including plant-based fried ‘chicken’, milkshakes and cakes. Sun 13, Sun 20 & Sun 27 Aug, lunch & dinner, $45

Umami Origami

Explore the fifth taste at this four-course vegetarian and gluten-free feast at Egmont Street Eatery. Origami practice included. 21–22 Aug, $100 

Unmissable signature events
Celebrating beer and coffee


Outrageous brewery displays and beer-matched silent discos: New Zealand’s annual beer fest is out to prove that beer geeks aren’t boring once more. Fri 11 & Sat 12 Aug, Westpac Stadium, Waterloo Quay.

Meadow Fresh New Zealand Barista Championship 2017

Ogle the action as the country’s best baristas battle it out at this free, two-day coffee competition. Sat 19 Aug & Sun 20 Aug, L’affare Roastery, 102–104 Adelaide Rd, Newtown.

The international line-up
Chef collabs you won’t want to miss

Chef’s Table fans will be stoked: one of the world’s best restaurants, Attica, brings Ben Shewry’s (above left) modern Australian cuisine to Welly’s Ortega Fish Shack. Meanwhile Jenny Gao (above right) of Shanghai’s renowned Baoism joins forces with Wholesale Boot Company, and Melbourne institution Cumulus Inc. pops up at Egmont Street Eatery.