All go as we count down to our special W&F celebration that starts Sunday 13 September. But in the meantime we have hosted the Japanese cultural envoy chef Yanagihara who shared Washoku, the traditional cuisine of Japan now acknowledged on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage. Chef Yanagihara conducted two cookery demonstrations at NZSFW and we learnt about the traditional regions of Japan, of the varieties of Wakame - seaweed and how this influences dashi, the fragrant stock. We enjoyed sashimi and sake and delicious flavours.
ATEED, Auckland Council's Tourism and Economic Development wing, hosted a special visit from three US restaurateurs. Will Guidara from Eleven Madison Park, Christina Tosi from Momofuku Milk Bar and Brian Canlis from Canlis in Seattle shared their hospitality experiences with a group of illustrious NZ food personalities - including Annabelle Langbein, Lauraine Jacobs, Simon Gault, Judith Tabron along with a large Hip Group contingent led by Scott Brown and executive chef Jo Pearson.
The discussion canvassed topics such as how restaurants and cafés need to create a community around their offering and the pleasure gained from interacting directly with customers, who in turn become your most loyal advocates. I liked Will's comment regarding the growing number of informal online critics and that "humility is the only thing that drives you to get better".
So, join us on September 13 and find Philippe Meyer sharing his knowledge of fermenting foods. Our chef Stefan Loetcher will also be conducting free demonstrations on how to make sour dough bread and how to fillet and smoke fish at home.
This year the W&F celebration have embraced Auckland’s artisan food producers and will showcase some innovative leaders in our two Sunday sessions along with wine tasting of New Zealand and Italian wines. You are able to sample and purchase wines and foods tasted during the sessions. Joelle Thomson will share her love of Italian wines with a fascinating line-up from some of our leading importers on show during the event. Bob Campbell MW will host a series of walkabouts through the New Zealand Wine Room where he talks and taste a selection of wines that are emerging as iconic styles.
Guest chef Alfredo Romeo, hot from Crab Shack, will present an authentic Mexican Street Food workshop where you make your own fresh corn tortillas, Cochinita Pibil (slow roasted pork) and chile preparations. Philippe will also hold a hands-on doughnut class in our practical kitchen.
The NZ Sommelier of the Year Awards for NZ Sommelier of the Year (sponsored by Louis Roederer), NZ Junior Sommelier (sponsored by Misha’s Vineyard) and New Zealand Wine Professional (sponsored by Hans Herzog Estate).
Day trip to Waiheke Island
If you feel like getting out for the day, join our vineyard trip to Waiheke Island where you will visit the renowned vineyards of Te Whau, Stonyridge (includes lunch), Cable Bay and Kennedy Point. Touch the vines, get taken into the winery to learn more about how wines are made.