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been | The Food Show

Walking through the showgrounds in Greenlane, your nostrils are hit with a combination of meat, cheese and spicy fragrances; and you can hear the sizzling of oil in pans – The Food Show has come to town.  Forget about the 6 am gym class and bring out the elastic joggers; you’re eating this weekend!

Not having luxury of time, our strategy was clear, visit as many stalls in 2 hours – not clever, as we could’ve easily spent a whole day there.  One tip, before you start open, the booklet and map out your route!

The floor was filled with sample trays. Along with our best loved brands, there were new brands showcasing their products to our fellow foodies.  There was a sample for everything, from cheese and crackers to naturally produced fizz, veggie crisps, turmeric based drinks, delightful kombucha mixes and the freshest baba ghanoush.


Aside from sampling relishes, condiments and award-winning spirits, there were several food prep and utensil exhibitors, including the most delightful hand-manual chopper.  We’ve never had the urge to make salsa by hand before!


Some of our favourites included chocolate flavoured gin, Black garlic Aioli, Carrot, orange and turmeric juice and Jersey Cow milk.


There were cooking demonstrations, shows and cooking classes.


To ensure you make the most of your food show experience, book-in-advance  to the Berlina cooking class, where a famous italian chef will teach you how to cook pasta the italian way, giving his cooking tips, all in under 15 minutes.


To make the best of your day, maybe get a lift or taxi in – there are plenty of alcoholic  drinks to sample, and you will surely be over the driving limit.


Top tips to make the best of your day:

  1. Get in early
  2. Take a large empty bag
  3. Take some cash although most places have eftpos machines
  4. Open the booklet and map out your route!

Check out our photographs and recommendations for the day.  All photos were taken on a #HuaweiP10NZ.

Foodies rejoice; The Food Show is back

It’s that time again!  The Food Show Auckland is coming back to the ASB Showgrounds from 2 to 5 August 2012  featuring mouth watering exhibitor offerings, exclusive masterclasses plus a hot lineup of celebrity chefs including Al Brown, Josh Emett, Aaron ‘Adventure’ Carotta to name just a few.

There is a special early bird discount for those who buy their tickets online for 20th and 21st June only – get in quick!  Fire up your browser and head to thefoodshow.co.nz because tickets are ON SALE (right now) for New Zealand’s biggest culinary event.

At the show, visitors will be treated to a swag of new features, a smokin’ hot line-up of celebrity chefs, and an exclusive series of up-close and intimate Masterclasses – plus the usual Food Show fabulousness and hundreds of awesome exhibitor offerings.

New feature: the Kenwood Kitchen ‘cakes, coffee and cocktails’

FREE live demos by chefs and baristas from a selection of New Zealand’s best cafes, bars and restaurants. See top culinary experts whip up mouth-watering treats, plus De’Longhi’s barista aficionado will show you how to make beautiful coffee at home.

Electrolux Cooking Theatre

FREE, all-day cooking demos from top Kiwi and international chefs. This year’s line-up includes cancer survivor and host of Catch and Cook, Aaron ‘Adventure’ Carotta, plus Al Brown, Josh Emett, Nici Wickes, international cocktail whiz ‘Woody’, Simon Gault, Julie Le Clerc, Richard Till, Ray McVinnie and Helen Jackson.

New feature: Auckland on the Menu

FREE, Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development Ltd will showcase ‘the North and South of food’ with niche and artisan food producers and manufacturers from all over Auckland. The region is known for wine, seafood and crop growers in the South – and these will be presented in ‘Farmer’s Market-style’ stands at The Food Show. Visitors can expect to be treated to a variety of taste experiences served up with Auckland hospitality and flair, proving that Auckland is definitely at the hub of emerging food trends.

Masterclass Series

Exclusive, ticketed opportunities to join famous chefs in intimate Masterclasses and learn top techniques from the experts. Check out Ray McVinnie’s ‘Food Styling Fundamentals’ class, cook duck like a pro with Lauraine Jacobs’ ‘Duck and Pinot’, mix up cool cocktails with Hayden Wood, aka ‘Woody’, go wild with French baking and Julie Le Clerc, share some ‘Magic Moments’ with Simon Gault, or learn how to cook tasty game dishes with Josh Emett.

Compile your own show itinerary

Plan your visit to the show online using fully searchable lists of exhibitors, new products, show-only specials, chef demos, the Masterclass Series, what’s happening in the Kenwood Kitchen and more. When you find something you fancy, simply click a button and compile your own personal show itinerary, complete with an interactive show map. Save it, print it out, share with your friends via Facebook and Twitter. Easy-peasy.