Food and wine news

Food and wine news

Two Waiheke food waste initiatives have scooped Auckland Council Love Food Hate Waste funding, with Friday lunchtime fixture Kai Conscious Cafe taking out the largest grant of $5000. Community Networks Waiheke was the winner for an idea with the Inglorious...
Tantalus Estate continues to impress, picking up the supreme award at Hospitality New Zealand’s annual event. The estate also won the best restaurant award. This follows its win last year when it was named best destination venue. “This year’s supreme...
He may have been crowned Winemaker of the Year in the NZ Aromatic Wine Competition, but Mudbrick’s Patrick Newton reckons it’s largely down to the grapes. “This win just cements our belief that our minimal impact style is producing outstanding...
Hungry Kiwis went crazy for fast-food last week as lockdown rules relaxed, and Waiheke was no different with some takeaway phones ringing off the hook. It was a welcome boost for Too Fat Buns owners Pounamu Gardiner and Remy Sandoy,...
The grape harvest is in full swing at the island’s two-dozen-and-counting commercial vineyards, with winemakers once again having to play the cards they’ve been dealt. Weather-wise, this is the third challenging summer in a row for Waiheke growers, but fingers...
Records are dropping as this year’s bumper crop of olives make its way to island presses. In contrast to 2015, when some of the island’s groves produced little or no fruit, this year’s crop flourished thanks to near-perfect pollination conditions...
Approximately 400 people flocked to the island last weekend to enjoy the Waiheke Island Wine and Food Festival. Fullers had to add extra sailings to deal with a marked increase in visitors, and event organisers say the festival attracted...
Waiheke vineyards seem to have come through the heaviest week of rain in recent harvest-time history largely unscathed. The 320mm recorded over five days from 7 to 11 March came as vulnerable early-ripening varieties were on the cusp of harvest. Mudbrick...
For the second year in a row, Tim Adams from Waiheke’s Obsidian Vineyard is the Bayer Auckland-Northern Young Viticulturist of the Year. Tim won the title last Friday, after a full day of competing in all things viticultural in the...
It’s early days but there’s quiet confidence among Waiheke winemakers of an excellent 2017 harvest - even if holidaymakers went home less than impressed with the weather. Just how elusive the summer was over the traditional holiday period was unofficially...