After decades of eating refined foods, communities in New Zealand care more about where their food comes from, and it’s opening up huge possibilities for small artisan producers to bring their fare to your table. Artisan food in New Zealand made by creative food artisans has an allure that is irresistable, and seeing the change in attitudes to food, farming and sustainability in New Zealand will give you a true appreciation of the journey food takes to reach your plate, a sincere respect for New Zealand artisan food makers and an understanding that a sustainable food system does not, and cannot, exist in a mass production food factory located half way around the planet.
The 16 Tun Free Bar pays homage to the art that is craft beer brewing and showcases a variety of locally brewed craft beers from across New Zealand. Located in the bustling Auckland city centre near the Viaduct and a number of other key attractions; 16 Tun is bound to offer you a craft beer that will suit your tastes to perfection. The name itself pays its respects to the all-important tun, an insulated brewing vessel used in the mashing and lautering stages of beer making, and further proves that this is one craft bar that prides itself on the authentic craft bar tradition and the brewing artists that bring it to life.
Lazy summer lunches, rowdy holiday feasts or a simple meal with the sweet have all been made more memorable with the Tastes of Yesteryear. Taking a walk down memory lane is a spoonful away with the condiments made at the hands of the owner. Having been in the hospitality sector for many years the owner and genius behind A Taste of Yesteryear has become a pro at making a variety of jams, chutneys and, her personal favourite, jellies. Having become accustomed to the dramas of unset jellies she now prides herself on creating jewel like jellies that have every meal bursting with flavour.
Aquiferra is a family business and olive estate with over 650 olive trees near the Ngarururo River. The 10 acres of Aquiferra land lies above the Heretaunga Aquifer; the hidden secret to agriculture in the area. The water taken from the Aquifer is responsible for irrigating the Aquiferra groves and is also the namesake of the farm combined with the Latin word “terra” for land. The estate was purchased in 2002 and has realised the family’s dreams by becoming a renowned extra virgin olive oil brand in the New Zealand market. Now almost 16 years later the estate grows Frantoio, Leccino, Picual, Pendolino and Koroneiki olives, hand or machine picked and cold pressed mere hours after harvest to ensure fragrant, flavourful and delectable golden extra virgin olive oil as well as Kalamata and Manzanilla table olives. The well-balanced flavours and exceptional quality of Aquiferra Olive Oil leaves it in good standing with olive lovers across New Zealand and is certainly a top recommendation by all.
Combine a delightful French ambience with delectable pastries, croissants, desserts and baguettes and you have the quintessential gem that is Alexandre Patisserie. With raving reviews, handmade bread loaves, fresh sandwiches, baguettes and the crème de la crème of French pastries and sweet treats as well as beautiful décor and a charm that can’t be bought – Alexandre Patisserie is one of the highlights of Palmerston North. Enjoy a warm summer day in the quaint outdoor seating or bask in the atmosphere while listening to the strains of the French language spoken by the staff. With the menu made freshly each day and the finest local ingredients used as well as chefs that take every patron into consideration – everyone can enjoy the patisserie without a hint of worry, besides the occasional extra calorie.
Apteryx Coffee Roasters in Whakatane are one of the few artisan roasters who still use air roasting techniques. This clean, fluid bed air technique results in a coffee that boasts a sweeter taste, delectable aroma and coffee blends that will make every coffee lover’s mouth water.
While coffee is definitely one of Apteryx Coffee Roaster’s great loves it is certainly not their only passion. The brains behind Apteryx are also proud supporters of the Whakatane Kiwi Conservation Effort. With a firm stance in eco-conservation, a love for environmentally friendly coffee sourcing and a true sense of New Zealand pride – Apteryx showcases the true feeling of home in every cup.
Fall in love with the love of chocolates with Aroha Chocolates. The name means love and for anyone who knows the love of that dark, delectable goodness that is the finest Belgian chocolate then Aroha chocolates is a paradise not to be missed. Their love of great chocolate is apparent in every truffle, shards and moulded treats, combine this with their dedication to using only the finest local ingredients or sourced from the best locations around the world and you will have yourself the perfect indulgence or gift for a loved one. Tantalise your taste buds with original Rocky Road or enjoy the very best of local truffles and Belgian chocolate delights in Nelson’s very own legendary chocolatier.