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Wairarapa steps up to the plate

Clareville Bakery. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED

Wairarapa’s hospitality class was on show from yesterday when Visa Wellington On A Plate returned.

For the first time the delicious event has been extended for the whole month of August.

Wairarapa businesses are taking part in Dine [Union Square, 1860 Restaurant], Burger [Cafe Medici, Greytown Hotel, Peppers Parehua, Union Square, The Clareville Bakery], Cocktail [Peppers Parehua] and Events [Julicher Estate Winery, Orui Station, Peppers Parehua, Rose and Smith, The Clareville Bakery, The Country Cooking School, Union Square].

VisaWOAP is New Zealand’s largest food festival, celebrating culinary talent, producers and suppliers in the region.

This year the first two weeks are dedicated to Dine Wellington, followed by two weeks dedicated to Burger Wellington.

The event programme is jam-packed with events taking place across the month and Wellington Cocktail is also running for the whole event.

This year restaurants are required to make a ‘hero’ of Wellington regional produce and ingredients in their festival dishes.

A VisaWOAP spokesperson said the event is “a regional celebration of food”.

Festival awards are given out to recognise excellence. The public have the chance to help determine who will be awarded the best Dine, Cocktail, or Burger by rating online.

At the end of the festival five finalists for each category will be chosen based on the public’s ratings.

They then go on to be judged by an industry panel to determine the winner.

For more information and to vote head to visawoap.com

Wairarapa in the Visa Wellington On A Plate

Dine [August 1–16]

Union Square, Martinborough Hotel, Memorial Square

1860 Restaurant, 33 Main St Greytown

Burgers [August 17-31]

Cafe Medici, 9 Kitchener St, Martinborough, Prawn Underbelly

Greytown Hotel – The Top Pub, 33 Main St, Greytown, Deerliscious

Peppers Parehua, New York St West, Martinborough, Smoke ‘n’ hot peppers pig

Union Square, Martinborough Hotel, Memorial Square, Wagyu Wrangler

The Clareville Bakery, 3340 SH2 Clareville, Carterton, Wai fried chicken

Cocktail [August 1–31]

Peppers Parehua – The Devils Lighthouse Angel’s Delight mocktail.

Peppers Parehua, New York St West, Martinborough, The Devils Lighthouse, Angel’s Delight [mocktail]

Events

Julicher Estate Winery, 301 Te Muna Road, Martinborough, Feest Wijnmakerij, August 24, 11.45am-2.30pm

Orui Station, Motuwaireka Stream, Orui Station coastal walk, August 17 and 24. 9am-until late

Peppers Parehua, New York St West, Martinborough, Heads, shoulders, knees and toes [knees and toes], August 4, noon-4pm

Rose and Smith, Tauherenikau, SH2 Featherston, A hop, skip and a jump, August 17, 11.30am-4.30pm

The Clareville Bakery, 3340 SH2 Clareville, Carterton, Layer upon layer pastry making, August 6, 14 and 22, 6.30pm-10.30pm; Roll it and fold it bread making with Clareville Bakery, Aug 7,15 and 23, 6.30pm-10.30pm

The Country Cooking School, 298 Underhill Rd, Featherston, A foragers tale, August 16, 11am-2.30pm

Union Square, Martinborough Hotel, Memorial Square, Chateau d’Yquem degustation, August 2, 3 and 4, 7pm-late; All about truffles, August 23, 7pm-10pm

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