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Macdonald family open store to champion high country farming –
The Kaikōura based Macdonald family has announced the opening of Middlehurst Station Farm Store, a thoughtfully curated farm store and boutique butchery located in the heart of the Kāikoura township. This farm store will serve as a haven for residents and visitors seeking fresh meat, locally sourced produce, and a diverse selection of seasonal products. “Kaikōura is renowned for its remarkable food and artisan producers, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to contribute to this thriving community,” says Lucy Macdonald, one of the sisters behind the visionary Middlehurst Station Farm Store. “We’ve always dreamed of creating a space where we…
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Looking for a twist? Become a pretzel pal –
Feel like your menu needs a twist? Bloom’s Pretzels has the answer; each pretzel that leaves our bakery has been hand-twisted with premium ingredients. A trusted recipe with information and encouraging support to create mouth-watering pretzels, these will be the perfect artisan addition to your menu. The Bloom’s Pretzel range includes: CLASSIC PRETZEL Our Classic Standard Pretzel is our most popular size, for sandwich creations and with enough belly to add savory toppings or cover with sweet sugar, they’re ideal for cafes, hotels, luxury lodges and bars looking for a dazzling golden point of difference. JUMBO PRETZEL Behold, the Jumbo…
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Sid brings fresh approach to winter fine dining –
The iconic Sid at the French Café in Symonds Street, Auckland is heading into winter with new menu offerings and options to bring more fun to fine dining. As well as launching a new winter tasting menu, the celebrated restaurant is introducing a flexible à la carte menu and snack offerings, (pictured below), giving guests more relaxed options. The restaurant is also taking walk-ins for those wanting to pop in spontaneously for an after-work cocktail or glass of wine with snacks. Guests can enjoy these impromptu treats in the heated undercover area in the Mediterranean-inspired courtyard or around a brazier…
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MEETINGS 2023 landmark event in Wellington –
Over 1,000 business events industry professionals have arrived in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, New Zealand for Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s MEETINGS 2023 exhibition. New Zealand’s two-day annual tourism industry trade event is being held in Wellington for the first time in its 27-year history and signals a new era for the sector. BEIA Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins says this year’s MEETINGS will be a landmark event for the industry with a record number of buyers and exhibitors, and the first time in four years international buyers have also been represented. “MEETINGS is the single most important event in New Zealand’s industry…
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Do you make the best pies in NZ? –
Entries are now open at pieawards.nz for the Bakels NZ Supreme Pie Awards with plans underway for a huge celebration to mark their 25thth anniversary. NZ Bakels managing director, Brent Kersel says: “Yes, that’s right! We had to postpone the 25th anniversary a couple of times due to Covid, but now we can’t wait to celebrate this milestone.” “And for our 25th anniversary, we’ve asked Al Brown, one of New Zealand’s most recognized chefs, to help us judge the pies. We couldn’t have chosen a better person to be our celebrity chef judge. Al won’t hold back on any aspect…
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Southern Discoveries announce leadership changes –
One of New Zealand’s most experienced tourism professionals is retiring and a well known industry stalker is stepping into the role in July. Queenstown’s Southern Discoveries owner, Skeggs Group has announced the retirement of CEO Tim Hunter and is delighted to confirm the appointment of former GM Sales and Marketing, Kerry Walker to the role of CEO. Kerry has 25 years of tourism experience, the last four-and-a-half of which have been spent at Southern Discoveries. In the previous 15 years, she worked in a range of senior sales and marketing roles for Ngāi Tahu Tourism. During her time with Southern…
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‘Free From’ category highly contested at 7th ONZFP awards –
More than 290 locally harvested, grown and made food and drink products were assessed in late February with 206 Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals awarded in the seventh Outstanding New Zealand Food Producers Awards. Head Judge Lauraine Jacobs said, “Each year there is a different trend that becomes obvious as we work diligently to assess the range of entries. This year judges were excited to see how many producers have taken up the health message and emphasized this through their food production.” ‘Free From’ is food made and marketed to meet the requirements of a specific diet such as; gluten-free,…
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Active NZ market a beacon for hotel investors says JLL –
The momentum in the hotel sector has been carried through into 2023, with the value of deals that have gone unconditionally this year, already passing $100 million and are currently under negotiation. Having transacted the record $170 million sale of Auckland’s Stamford Plaza late last year, now refurbished and re-opened as the JW Marriot Auckland, JLL Director Hotels & Hospitality Nick Thompson says the active New Zealand market is once again a beacon for investors seeking stable, long-term performance. The most recent deals transacted by JLL include the purchase by Distinction Hotels Group of the 253-room Mount Cook Hotel Collection,…