The wonderfully diverse country of New Zealand has earned a spot on the international culinary map for its fresh, simple and sustainable cuisine, which gets full focus at GREAT Food Hall starting today through to June 26, 2014. This festival is also dedicated to introducing a selection of premium New Zealand wines, with the support of Watson’s Wine.
High Quality Lamb Leg
‘Fresh Meats NZ’ has a solid reputation for producing consistently high quality lamb from pasture to plate. The Gisborne-based company successfully achieves this by carrying out the full production process on its own expertly farmed land, which serves as the grazing grounds for its sheep taken care of by skilled farmers who adhere to the strongest animal welfare regimes. A full range of cuts is available, with the leg of lamb a highly recommended choice for barbequing, where it is easy to get it evenly browned and crusty on the outside, while pink and tender in the middle.
Fresh From the Sea
Westhaven’s Littleneck Clams are harvested from sustainable fisheries in Golden Bay. The flavour is both sweet and briny and best enjoyed steamed or baked.
Premium dairy brand Puhoi Valley, is passionate about crafting specialty cheeses and yoghurts, as well as being innovative and continuously surprising consumers. By combining fresh New Zealand milk – famous for its rich, creamy content – with wholesome, succulent fruit, the result is seriously decadent yoghurt in a selection of flavours.
The Burning Mouth
Renowned hot chilli sauce maker Kaitiai Fire is behind the creation of Waha Wera (the Maori term for ‘The Burning Mouth’), which is made from a combination of tangy kiwifruit, Manuka honey, spices and habanero peppers.
Donovans have been crafting artisan quality chocolates since 1991. The founder Patrick Donovan originally learned the trade from Karl Pajo, a Russian fudge maker famed for producing creamy confections. They follow the European way of chocolate-making, but source many of the ingredients except cocoa from New Zealand.
In-House Baked Selections
Sweet figs and crunchy almonds are the starring ingredients in New Zealand’s version of fruit bread. This wholesome loaf has a very crispy crust coated in sliced almonds, and a soft-textured inside with chunks of fig interspersed throughout. New Zealand takes immense pride in its national dessert, the Pavlova – named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. During her New Zealand tour in 1926, a Wellington hotel chef was inspired by the shape of the dancer’s tutu and created the now-famous, light meringue cake topped with whipped cream and fruit.
To make your shopping experience easier, we’ve created a dedicated New Zealand Food Festival section at our website, where you can now place orders and delivery to you at your own leisure.