2017 in Review

The Foodie Inc had ambitious plans for 2017 – a foodie bucket list of sorts – but really an excuse to explore more of New Zealand’s food and wine scene.  The goal was something new each month, but one couldn’t resist indulging in some old favourites too.  Admittedly, blogposts were infrequent – studying for Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism took up every spare moment – so please enjoy a few photographic highlights from last year, with more foodie adventures to be shared very soon.

A 35 minutes ferry ride delivered us to Waiheke Island for headland Sculpture on the Gulf.  Thought provoking sculptures, stunningly spectacular views and if the trip wasn’t field research for a university assignment due three days later, a leisurely winery lunch would definitely have followed. 

Volunteering at the New Zealand Cheese Awards, learning how to make pasta with Stephania at Pasta Cuore and blending our own wine (got our names on the bottle) with The Hunting Lodge’s crown blend rose challenge were more hands-on experiences.

Persistent rain and mud underfoot didn’t detract from the captivating experience and fabulous company at Monique Fiso’s intimate dinner party – Hiakai – the photos simply don’t do the evening justice, but then the lighting wasn’t designed to be camera friendly.

Exploring outside Auckland saw The Foodie Inc Go Wild in the Waikato (NZ Foodwriters trip and photo credit), attend The Seriously Good Food Show in Tauranga in July and finally made it to F.A.W.C. Hawkes Bay in November. 

In early August “a truffle hunt” in Canterbury’s Limestone Hills with Rosie the Beagle and a decadent five course truffle-infused lunch at Black Estate, 2017 winery restaurant of the year really did knock one off the bucket list!

And when you live in Auckland you can’t ignore: Auckland Restaurant Month from Street Eats to restaurant takeovers and simply an excuse to indulge in special menus and catch up with friends; The Food Show in Auckland in July; and let’s not forget Taste of Auckland in November.

So what is The Foodie Inc planning for 2018?  Ticking a few more things off the ever-expanding foodie bucket list and aiming to share four new posts each month:

  • More stories about local food producers like Hauraki Salt Company and Tea Tree Orchard
  • Must see / do destinations or experiences, like the once in a lifetime night at Hiakai
  • An event, a cooking class, a farmers' market or a food truck like The Rolling Pin for you to check out for yourself
  • Sharing recipes cooked or created in the previous month in Recipe Resolution

Thanks for supporting The Foodie Inc – your feedback is very much appreciated.   Look forward to sharing more memorable food and wine experiences and places to explore in 2018.

Enjoy!

Michelle

2017 Auckland Food Show

Let’s face it, people often inadvertently move in circles. The day at The Food Show, started and ended with donuts. 

Donuts from  The Pie Piper  and  Doornuts

Donuts from The Pie Piper and Doornuts

The leisurely meander through the halls of The Food Show with foodlovers Genie, Bunny Eats Design and Bri Dimattina Food Adventures entailed many looped routes as we strolled from the Fresh Market to the Healthy Hub to the Artisan Village and everything in between. 

Hot and cold smoked  Aoraki Salmon

Hot and cold smoked Aoraki Salmon

Leaderbrand  living wall

Leaderbrand living wall

The Olive Lady 's green pickled peppers

The Olive Lady's green pickled peppers

We tasted and then tasted some more, talking to fellow foodies and producers along the way.  Cameras were always at the ready, stallholders became accustomed to displays being rearranged, and products being lined up, always obliging with a smile or friendly banter.

Cameras at the ready for  Good Buzz Kombucha

Cameras at the ready for Good Buzz Kombucha

Spotted Morgan from Bonnie Oatcakes helping out at  Fix & Fogg  stand

Spotted Morgan from Bonnie Oatcakes helping out at Fix & Fogg stand

Rubs from  Wild Fennel Co

Rubs from Wild Fennel Co

Thomson Whisky  tastings while we wait for our cooking class to start

Thomson Whisky tastings while we wait for our cooking class to start

We even made ourselves lunch at the Casa BarillaCooking School which was heaps of fun – free but pays to book.

Casa Barilla Cooking School

Casa Barilla Cooking School

Ready to cook...

Ready to cook...

Italian sausage & mushroom penne

Italian sausage & mushroom penne

Thanks to The Food Show for the complimentary ticket to Thursday’s opening day. The Food Show runs until Sunday 30 July.  For tickets and information go to www.thefoodshow.co.nz

This photo journal shows just a handful of the amazing food and wine producers so we hope you choose to travel The Food Show in circles – you might be surprised what you notice the second time around! Enjoy the show.

Michelle

ps caught up with the girls at Mamas Donuts on the way out... lucky to be gifted a bag of mix on last week's 'Go Wild in Waikato' foodwriters trip 

Mamas Donuts ... looking forward to making these at home

Mamas Donuts... looking forward to making these at home