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Six reasONs why: Nostalgia Festival is NZ’s ultimate all-ages gig (Review) 0
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Six reasONs why: Nostalgia Festival is NZ’s ultimate all-ages gig (Review)

Tipping its hat to the past with a firm eye on the future, Christchurch’s Nostalgia event is making a name for itself as the fastest-growing music and food festival in the country. ANNABEL WILSON shares six reasons why it’s a great day out for families and merrymakers of all ages. Beneath bright late-summer skies, Ferrymead Heritage Park came alive with […]

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Ten reasONs to get to the TUKI festival 0
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Ten reasONs to get to the TUKI festival

Your best day of summer? New Zealand’s longest-running music festival, Rippon, served up a lot of people’s “best day of the summer” for a very long time. Held at Rippon Vineyard near Wanaka, Rippon was launched in 1998 and over the years became downright (sorry to say it) iconic (because it was). It was famous for the gobsmacker of a […]

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ON the street: Whittaker’s tips its hat to history with K Bar chocolate Pop Up store 0
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ON the street: Whittaker’s tips its hat to history with K Bar chocolate Pop Up store

Whittaker’s latest limited edition creation is a K Bar Block range, which combines its quality chocolate with lime, pineapple or raspberry K Bar flavoured filling. For Wellington-based chocolate lovers the launch is extra sweet with the opening of ‘The K Bar’, in upper Cuba Street. “K Bars have become a bit of a Kiwi classic since we first started making […]

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Wellington ON a plate: Kick-ass burgers and beer at Ministry of Food 0
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Wellington ON a plate: Kick-ass burgers and beer at Ministry of Food

We coined it the burger you won’t regret. Free of beef or cheese, the Mega Omega is Ministry of Food’s burger entry in Wellington On A Plate‘s BurgerWelly contest. Strolling along The Terrace after work, I decided to stop in at the Ministry of Food‘s new premises to check out the vibe and try the fare they’ve dreamed up for […]

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ON a plate: “We’re leaving the building” – Memories and milestones as café celebrates 28th birthday 1
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ON a plate: “We’re leaving the building” – Memories and milestones as café celebrates 28th birthday

This June marks the 28th year of Wellington institution the Ministry of Food, one of the founders of the café culture that revolutionised Wellington’s image locally and internationally. For owners Brenda Jessup and Tony Lynch, the birthday heralds the end of an era as they prepare to move out of their premises next to the Beehive in search of a […]

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ON Tap: Big and brown: Good George’s APA 0
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ON Tap: Big and brown: Good George’s APA

SCOTT ANDERSON delivers his weekly banter ON craft beer. After last week’s piece about Behemoth’s Hopped Up On Pils and its Rip Lid cans, I received some feedback on Facebook from a Wellington brewer. Their comment was that some of the positive qualities I’d ascribed to canned beer were either incorrect or negligible; and that the canning of beer was more about marketing […]

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ON Tap: We rip the lid off Hopped Up On Pils 1
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ON Tap: We rip the lid off Hopped Up On Pils

Canned beers are becoming more and more prevalent in the high-end craft beer market. But it did take a while – cans have quite an amount of prejudice to overcome. SCOTT ANDERSON rips the lid off the latest fad in the brewing industry. To many drinkers a beer in a can is a cheap and nasty pale lager, sold in […]

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ON a plate: Scoping Scopa Caffé Cucina – restaurant review 0
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ON a plate: Scoping Scopa Caffé Cucina – restaurant review

ANNABEL WILSON reviews the Bresolin brothers’ flagship Italian restaurant: Scopa, Cnr Ghuznee and Cuba St, Wellington (04 384 6020). Meal for two, including drinks: $70 – $110.  Peas are trending right now. My dinner date and I decide this as we scope out the menu at Scopa, the stylish Italian eatery on the corner of Cuba and Ghuznee St, Wellington. The fare […]

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ON tap: BEffect review by craft beer hunter, Ira Heyder 1
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ON tap: BEffect review by craft beer hunter, Ira Heyder

Ira Heyder samples the family of beers from Wanaka’s newest boutique brewer, BEffect. Google Dominic Kelly, The Ladder, and End of Year Rant and you’ll discover an interesting article about the state of our craft beer market: we’re all drinking Liberty and Panhead and experimenting less. No offence to these two fine breweries, but I consider this a call to arms: […]

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Gig Alert:  ‘An Artist at the Table’ with Stephen Martyn Welch at Bistro Gentil 0
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Gig Alert: ‘An Artist at the Table’ with Stephen Martyn Welch at Bistro Gentil

  Bistro Gentil’s ‘An Artist at the Table’ series continues next week (yay!) with another evening of gastro-art, this time featuring New Zealand’s top portraiture artist, Stephen Martyn (‘Marty’) Welch. You might associate portraiture with fusty paintings of the Queen or the staged, picture-perfect renderings of Maori dignitaries by Charles Frederick Goldie. This is not that. Welch is probably best-known for his TVNZ series ‘The Sitting’, […]

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