Come the weekend
Stock your pantry with the best of New Zealand products, pick up some valuable tips in the kitchen and fill up on freshly cooked fare at Hamilton’s Great NZ Food Show. Showcasing the best of New Zealand’s artisan products and innovative kitchen gear, this festival is a food-lover’s veritable playground. Witness how hot the competition gets in the Mystery Cook Off – two well-known chefs, two kitchens, three mystery ingredients each and 20 minutes to prepare a winning dish – with the winner being decided by you, the audience. And if that gets your own creative juices flowing, head along to a cooking class, where an expert will guide you in creating dishes such as slow-smoked Akarua salmon or Thai drunken noodles. If your feet get tired from shopping the extensive range of exhibitors, take a load off and watch as celebrity chefs, such as Nici Wickes and Karena and Kasey, demonstrate delicious new techniques for you to try at home. Hungry shoppers can also relax and sample a bite from the pop up eateries and a glass of wine, beer or cider. Claudelands Events Centre, 5-6 May. For tickets and more information, see greatnzfoodshow.co.nz.