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Taste of Auckland announces big line-up for November

Food lovers won’t want to miss this year’s Taste of Auckland presented in partnership with Electrolux, with chefs Ben Bayly from Baduzzi, Gareth Stewart from Euro, Cameron Knox from Tok Tok and Australian MasterChef judge George Calombaris just some of the big names in a jam-packed November line-up. With tickets on sale this week, the 16-19 November festival at Western Springs is already shaping up as the most ambitious yet. Live cooking demonstrations, intimate chef ... more

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Seeding a new Kiwi favourite

180 degrees launches 4 Seed Oat Crackers Range New Zealand’s favourite Oat Crackers now have a new range with four fabulous new flavours, thanks to the newest innovation from 180 degrees: 4 Seed Oat Crackers. Created for taste, the new 180 degrees 4 Seed Oat Cracker range features four deliciously different flavours: · 180 degrees Caraway 4 Seed Oat Crackers · 180 degrees Cumin 4 Seed Oat Crackers · 180 degrees Fennel ... more

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2017 Ora King Awards semifinalists announced

Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown chefs through to the next round Deconstructed sushi presented as a map of Japan and broth inspired by Queenstown’s lakes are among the selected dishes progressing to the second stage of this year’s prestigious Ōra King Awards. The annual Ōra King Awards competition recognises culinary excellence with dishes incorporating the best-of-breed Ōra King salmon. In a new theme for 2017, chefs from around the ... more

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Avocados could be good for guts

New research shows avocados may be good for gut health, which would be another previously unknown benefit. Scientist Gunaranjan Paturi says avocados contain compounds that are already known to support cardiovascular health, blood glucose regulation and have anti-inflammatory effects. As avocados are high in ‘good fats’ and dietary fibre, Plant & Food Research’s Dr Paturi and colleagues Dr Christine Butts and Dr Kerry Bentley-Hewitt decided to see what impact they ... more

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Venison approaches record prices as US appetite grows

New Zealand venison prices are reaching record highs on the back of continuing strong demand in the North American market. Venison schedule prices have lifted 17 per cent from a year ago to reach more than $9 per kilogram, Deer Industry New Zealand P2P programme manager Innes Moffat said. "The schedule for this time of year is at the highest that it's ever been. Deer farmers are benefiting from their investment and from sticking with the deer industry through some leaner times. ... more

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Alexandra Park Christmas At The Races dates announced

Alexandra Park is delighted to announce that a record number of Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings will be held later this year, with eight dates now confirmed for November and December. The popular Christmas At The Races events will take place on Fridays 17 and 24 November and 1, 8, 15 and 22 December as well as Thursday 30 November and Saturday 16 December. “We are so excited to be expanding these wonderful evenings, with people now also having a Thursday and ... more

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Talley’s skipjack tuna gets tick of sustainability

New Zealand¹s main skipjack tuna purse seine fishery has been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as being sustainably managed. The certification covers the Talley’s Group Limited (Talley’s) fleet of two large purse seiners, is valid for five years, and allows skipjack to be sold under MSC's ‘blue tick' of sustainability. Talley’s operations manager Andy Smith said skipjack purse seining in New Zealand waters is an environmentally ... more

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Speights said 'We Will' once again

There’s one word for a home without a bar. Unfinished! This year Speight’s gave three lucky Kiwis a custom-made bar worth $15,000 to complete their home, including personalised glassware, a bar fridge and a Speight’s tap. There were some top effort entries for the bars from all across the country, but in the end there could only be three winners and thanks to their enthusiasm and a helping hand from their mates, some lucky punters walked away with an epic at home set up ... more

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Wine industry opens doors to 24 percent of New Zealand’s international tourists

Touring New Zealand’s stunning wineries and vineyards has become a huge drawcard for visitors - with 24% of international holidaymakers making it part of their itinerary. Now New Zealand Winegrowers has made it even easier for tourists to explore wineries by adding a wine tourism section to their website: nzwine.com/visit, showcasing over 450 wine experiences. The new ‘Visit’ section of nzwine.com allows tourists to search wine regions using a google map ... more

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Fonterra cheeses claim awards in top international competition

Two Fonterra NZMP cheeses have scooped silver awards at the prestigious International Cheese Awards held recently at Nantwich, UK. One of the most important events in the global cheese calendar, the International Cheese Awards attracted a record 5,685 entries in categories that ranged from traditional farmhouse to speciality Scandinavian. Cheeses from the smallest boutiques to the largest cheese brands in the world vied for top honours in the Awards, now in their 120th year of ... more

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