Explore Wellington Markets

Every weekend, up and down the country thousands of people flock to farmers market.  For many it’s simply a weekly ritual – fresh local produce straight from the growers and the opportunity to meet the food producers themselves. For others it’s more of a social outing – meeting friends, exploring a market for the first time or simply getting out and about on the weekend.

If you’re in Wellington over the summer holiday make time to explore the local markets.  City Market in the Chaffers Dock Building Sundays 8:30am – 12:30pm provides a line-up of local food and beverage producers, from whitebait fritters (highly recommended) and savoury crepes, to macarons, cheese, nut butters and more.  Your taste buds won’t go home disappointed.

Enjoying a whitebait fritter dockside

Enjoying a whitebait fritter dockside

The perfect brunch - tomato, basil and cheese crepes

The perfect brunch - tomato, basil and cheese crepes

Then take a walk over the bridge towards Te Papa.  We were delighted to discover a line-up of food trucks and stalls from the infamous House of Dumplings to paella, Greek savouries and bacon butties to real berry ice cream packed full of berries, plenty of choice for Sunday lunch.

Food stall alley

Food stall alley

Queues at House of Dumplings

Queues at House of Dumplings

Dumplings hot off the grill

Dumplings hot off the grill

Waiting in anticipation of tasty Greek street food

Waiting in anticipation of tasty Greek street food

Enjoying a real fruit berry icecream

Enjoying a real fruit berry icecream

And while you’re there, don’t forget to grab everything you need for a picnic, BBQ or simply your weekly provisions from Wellington’s oldest market – Harbourside Market, open every Sunday 7:30am – 2pm in the carpark next to Te Papa.  From fresh fruit and vegetables to breads, cheese and deli meats; you can even grab fish fresh from the back of Nino’s fishing boat.

Fresh fruit and vegetables from Harbourside Market

Fresh fruit and vegetables from Harbourside Market

Fresh fish from Nino's fishing boat

Fresh fish from Nino's fishing boat

Look forward to exploring more Wellington markets in January.  For more information on other Wellington markets visit WellingtonNZ

Michelle

Looking for a Casual Affair?

It’s 5:15pm Wednesday. Typical peak hour in Auckland, the traffic’s starting to build.  Noisy kids clamour out of cars.  Mums looking a little relieved; squeals of delight escape from small faces as Dads arrive. It’s the second Wednesday of food trucks at La Cigale French Market in Parnell.

The crowd thickens, some meandering down the road from local businesses. Everyone’s looking very relaxed or maybe its relief after the Blackcaps' semi-final win last night.

La Cigale French Market truck stop

People wander checking what’s on tonight’s menu, others join a queue. Grabbing what they fancy: pulled pork and spare ribs, vegetarian burgers, chilli dogs, various sliders, prawns and much more.

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Try craft beers from Hallertau Brewery, a Zeffer Cider or even a glass of French wine. For those still hungry; a fruity dessert pot, a gelato cone or a cheese plate.  Take your time, sit at communal tables and talk to fellow diners. Enjoy the entertainment - sing-a-long like me if you forget where you are. 

La Cigale French Market communal tables

Don’t take my word for it. The Food Trucks at La Cigale French Market, fortnightly on Wednesdays from 5pm - 9pm.  Mark Wednesday 8 April in your calendar now - the perfect school holiday treat for everyone.

Michelle