Review: Graze and Feast

Graze and Feast open night, which attracted over 10,000 people. Photo: Supplied
Graze and Feast open night, which attracted over 10,000 people. Photo: Supplied

graze-logoGraze and Feast is a street food event offering an array of foods, drinks and entertainment.

The event is held every Friday in July from 5pm at Shed 10 on Auckland’s Queen’s Wharf. Entry was free on the opening night, which attracted over 10,000 people.

I found out about this event through Facebook, and managed to attend the opening night after delays.

Organisers had to stop entry due to the event being at maximum capacity, but gave regular updates via Facebook. I eventually managed to get in at 8.30pm.

Most of the food stalls by this time had sold out or had limited options due to the amount of people who attended.

Food stalls included:

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The atmosphere was great and live music from the DJ set the scene. By this stage the place was still busy but not overly packed. I managed to secure a table among the 400 seats provided. The food options were limited, so I opted for a burger at Al’s Deli stall.

I paid $12 for a beef burger, which wasn’t impressive. It was plain, simple, cold and the taste was average. Maybe this was due to the overall rush from opening. I think the event was great and cost-effective with no entry fee; the only shame was that all the good food was gone.

Following the success of the first event, organisers decided to introduce a $5 entry fee. The second event held the following Friday was met with poor attendance with approximately 500 participants.

Will Keely, food stall director for Banger Boys said: “The cover charge might have put people off.”

It was later confirmed that the event has been cancelled after just two weeks, which is a shame. The idea was great but the entry fee may have tipped the boat for this one.

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