calling all food lovers!
THE AUCKLAND FOOD SHOW IS HERE!!!
Held at the Auckland Showgrounds over four days (Thursday 29 to Sunday 1 August 2021), The Auckland Food Show showcases the best in food, drink and kitchen equipment from product owners around the country.
There is so much to sample and buy at The Food Show, plus you get the opportunity to meet and talk with the owners behind all your favourite brands, and sample new and existing food and drink products. There are also fabulous specials on the products – see below for my favourites!
Ticket entry (purchase here) also includes cooking demonstrations by some of your favourite culinary stars at the Cooking Theatre! There will be 19 sessions over the four days, featuring Samir Allen (of Gemmayze St, one of my favourite restaurants), Michael Van de Elzen, Josh Emett, Two Raw Sisters, and many more. Check out the timetable here.
Mazda Food Show Shuttle
The Food Show and Mazda have partnered to bring you the Mazda Food Show Shuttle! Simply head to the designated pick-up point to be kindly delivered to one of five drop-off points closest to your car, for an optional gold coin donation to Auckland City Mission. More details here.
THURSDAY – PREVIEW DAY 2021
This year, I was invited along to a VIP breakfast on the Preview Day, held at the venue before the show started (ad/gifted experience). We enjoyed coffee, breakfast foods (highlights were the Pure Delish granola and yoghurt, and Marcel’s blini with Aoraki Salmon). At lunch, we had a glass of Selaks sparkling wine, and also tried Waitoa Beer, along with a range of lunch dishes to choose from. Special mention to the gluten free brownie! At the end, we took home a wonderful goodie bag.
Check out my favourite stands and show specials below, and of course, all the foodie photos!
Favourite Stands (A-Z) + Show Specials:
Discovered Aoraki at The Food Show last year and have been in love ever since! Freshwater king salmon from Aoraki / Mount Cook and tastes heavenly. Highly recommend their hot smoked salmon. They also have a great show special!
Show Special: $12 hot smoked salmon (or 2 for $20), $8 cold smoked salmon 100g (or 2 for $14), $14 cold smoked salmon 200g (or 2 for $24)
RRP: $16 hot smoked salmon, $10 cold smoked salmon 100g, $17 cold smoked salmon 200g
Bach Brewing started as a passion for better tasting beer and longer weekends. My favourite of their beers is the Watermelon Wheathead wheat beer! Also love their EPIC can art, especially on their ‘Beyond the Clouds’ can.
Aotearoa’s premier hard kombucha. Three refreshing flavours, including Ocean Booch (Peach & Chilli – reminded me of a chilli margarita), 90 Mile Booch (Grapefruit & Ginger) and Raglan Booch (Berry Lemon Sage).
Show Special: 3 cans for $15, 6 cans for $28
RRP: $5.49 per can [exclusive to Farro]
One of my favourite breweries in NZ!!! Head to Behemoth to sample some of their delicious beers – my forever favourite is their Freedom Waffles Cream Ale.
- Also, visit their stand and go in the draw to win a Prime Cut Night Experience at Churly’s valued at $300!
Chatham Island Food Co
Chatham Island Food Co is a small, locally-owned business located on the remote Chatham Islands. They produce premium seafood (crayfish, paua, Kina and more) and deliver direct to your door. Head to their stand where Geoff and his daughter Emma are cooking their beautiful Blue Cod. They are not selling their seafood at the Food Show, but you can purchase it here.
Countdown Fresh Market
If you love fresh fruit and vegetables, then definitely check out this zone. Meet the growers behind all the fruit and vegetables sold at Countdown, including: AS Wilcox Inca Gold Potatoes, FreshWest capsicums, Kaipara Kumara, King Avocado, and Turners and Growers – all with delicious tastings! Highlights included the orange capsicums, broccolini and Envy apples.
Was a bit disappointed with the Culley’s stand as they were only selling two of their sauces – Picklenaise and a BBQ one. However, their Picklenaise is my favourite sauce so was happy to buy two for such a great price!
Show Special: 2 sauces for $5
RRP: $5.50 each
Dish, an excellent foodie magazine, have a subscription show special ($40 for six issues), which comes with a bottle of wine and a wonderful goodie bag. A must at the Food Show!
Elysian Foods is a small, family run business based in Wellington, producing Mediterranean dips and delights! Have tried all of their products – my favourites are their Elaiasalata (creamy olive dip), Tzatziki (yoghurt dip) and range of olives.
Show Special: $11.50 for 2 dips, $18 for 3 dips
RRP: Elaiasalata $7.49, Tzatziki $5.99
Farrah’s is one of my all time favourite New Zealand brands. I regularly use their Mexican meal kits which are SO delicious. They have the best tastings at The Food Show – mini tacos with all the added extras, and a great show special too!
Show Special: $2 Spice Mixes (or 3 for $5), $5 Meal Kits (or 3 for $12)
RRP: $5.50 Meal Kits (on special), $2.50 Spice Mixes
Fix & Fogg
My all time favourite F&F product is their Maple Cashew Nut Butter, but now in love with their Granola Butter which has a great chunk.
Show Special: 2 for $10 (originals, everything butter, Granola butter)
RRP: $7-9 for nut butters
An exciting discovery at this year’s Food Show – think ready to pour cocktails… loved their Espresso Martini!
Show Special: $18 for 4pk (any flavour), $15 sample pack (4 flavours)
RRP: $22 for 4pk Espresso Martini
They make freeze dried fruit, slices and powders. My favourites are their raspberries which I sprinkle on cakes or add in brownies. Tastings include trifle and mini cupcakes.
Show Special: $5 for fruit and icing, 5 fruit for $10
RRP: $10.49 for slices, chunks and powders
Havana Coffee Works
Head here for a baby flat white or long black for free! Also selling their delish beans and plunger coffee.
Special: 1 for $8, 2 for $15 (includes Levante)
RRP: $7.50 for plunger/beans/espresso, $10.50 Levante coffee
Jenny’s Kitchen Tamarind Chutney
One of my favourite NZ products and the most divine chutney you will ever eat. I love spreading it on pizza, adding it to my meals or just eating it out of the jar. This is a must try at the show!
Show Special: $12 per jar, or 2 jars for $20
RRP: $14 per jar
Delicious homemade gluten free crepes, hot cakes and blini. These are so convenient as all you have to do is re-heat and then add your toppings! I like maple syrup, caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Show Special: $4.50 Crepes, $3.50 Happy Pancakes
RRP: $6.50 Crepes, $3.90 Happy Pancakes
Pic’s Peanut Butter
The OG of peanut butter.
Show Specials: 2 jars for $10, $15 1kg tub
RRP: $5.80 380g jar, $17 1kg tub
My favourite chips!!! I am obsessed with their Pineapple & Jalapeño Tortilla Chips – they are so so good.
Show special: An EPIC one! 6 bags for $20, plus receive a free tote bag
RRP: $4.50 crisps, $4.20 tortilla chips
Super delicious mueslis and granolas (new ones below!), packed with all the good stuff!
Show special: $12 granola (or 3 for $30), from $15 mueslis and grain-ola
RRP: $16-18 muesli/granola, $18 grain-ola
Rutherford and Meyer
Range of wafers, crackers and fruit pastes using 100% natural ingredients.
Show Special: 3 for $10 Cracker Bites, 3 for $15 Fruit Pastes
RRP: Cracker Bites $4, Fruit Paste $6
Soochi is a collagen and prebiotics soda infused with intelligent, supercharged ingredients to unlock glowing skin and a healthy gut. Yum!
Show Special: $5 per can
RRP: $5.50 per can
H E L L O Maple Syrup!!! Theirs is 100% organic certified maple and sourced from 3,000 family farms across Vermont in USA and Canada.
Show Special: $10 for maple syrup
RRP: $11.25 for maple syrup (on their website), $14 in New World
If you have any questions about the products, feel free to ask! If you are heading to the show this weekend, have a fabulous time!