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.
Love for the land and its people – Aroha (Maori). While the name itself has a beautiful meaning; it is hard to believe that the drinks created by Aroha drinks can match that beauty if not surpass it. But this is exactly what Mark has managed to do. After being introduced to the elderflower by a French hitchhiker picked up by his mum many years ago – the duo was taught how to use the abundance of elderflowers to create refreshing gold drinks that offer an incredible flavour that pairs perfectly with almost any meal or time of day. By loving the land and its offerings Aroha Drinks have become household names for indulgent drinks and refreshing cordials.
Aurum Coffee was established in 2007 in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand. The Aurum brand had gained a loyal following and a reputation for the finest coffee around until 2011 when the original owners had to close their doors. It was then that Chel Adams decided that this was a brand that was too good to lose and re-opened the shop. Since then Aurum Coffee has continued on their journey to creating mouth-watering coffee blends and has gone from roasting a modest 250 kilograms of coffee beans per month to an astounding ton or more. With the Aurum coffee roasts travelling as far as Australia and abroad and now accompanying a new variety of tea blends on the shelves – it is clear that this is one venture that showcases the importance of all-natural, artisan coffee and teas as well as a passion for the little pleasures of life.
Barry’s Bay’s first cheddar cheese was made in the late 1890s by the ancestors who knew what it took to make good cheese. As the years went by, while many of the neighbouring farms stopped their cheese-making processes – Barry’s Bay simply refined theirs until 1950 where they went at the cheese-making industry at full steam. Once the factory was set up the family was determined not to be swayed by modern technology and allowed their traditional cheese-making to remain par for the course, and thankfully this is why Barry’s Bay cheeses today are amongst the most popular cheeses found in Canterbury. Living by the motto good taste comes with age and experience – it is clear that modern technology isn’t always the path of least resistance, especially when it comes to cheese-making.
When a trio of craft brewers get together its bound to get noisy; and nothing gives a louder bark than the Black Dog Brewery. The brewery was established in 2012 when the legendary trio decided to breed and cross breed the finest brews in New Zealand’s craft beer capital. Located in the heart of Wellington’s CBD this brewery is the ideal destination to take a load off and enjoy an alternative approach to craft beers. Enjoy the pale ales, lagers or combination brews and experience the bark and bite of Black Dog Brewery.
Blanchfield Bakery is a family run bakery that has become an integral part of the Glenfield community. Boasting a café and a bakery their menu has become common knowledge for many locals and tourists alike making it a favourite stop for anyone looking for a wholesome, soul-satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable breakfast, brunch, lunch or tea-time snack! Ensuring that the freshly baked goods are made from the finest ingredients is one of the reasons that every family recipe can be transformed from the heart to the plate so seamlessly; combine that with the commitment to be the best of the best bakeries in town and it is evident why Blanchfield Bakery is a name that is never far from the lips of the locals.
While French inspired bakeries and cafés are plentiful in New Zealand this is one that has an edge over the rest - as the first bakery in New Zealand to offer the famous French Doughnut. Imagine the best of both worlds with this half doughnut half croissant concoction deep fried and covered in cinnamon and sugar. Alongside this mouth-watering treat there are a number of handmade French breads, croissants and savoury servings. Jean Louis, the owner of Bordeaux Bakery, has taken his vision and transformed it into a unique and delightful bakery with the elements of French culture and cuisine complimenting the Wellington surroundings and offering the locals freshly baked goodies daily!