Over 20,000 people swarmed through Western Springs for Taste of Auckland last weekend, as the bright summer sun played a backdrop for the top culinary event.
For the past seven years, Taste of Auckland has been known as the greatest celebration of what’s hot in New Zealand’s food scene.
Ticket holders soaked up the beautiful weather and let their senses go wild over four days of the festival.
Chef James Raukete said: “The weather is almost as amazing as the food.”
People were able to sample cooking techniques and arts that have been described as some of the most mouth-watering dishes in the country.
New Zealand singer-songwriter, Anika Moa said: “Heading on a date with my lady to Taste of Auckland… Excited to taste EVERYTHING.”
One of the highlights at the festival this year was a series of gourmet hāngis, where chefs created a modern take on the traditional Maori cooking method.
Taste patrons also had the opportunity to sip some of the finest boutique local and international craft beers and wines. They were also able to speak directly with the people who made it.
Taste Visitor Fou Sabrina said: “The Taste of Auckland was amazing. Two days in a row… I’d say we’ve made leaps and bounds with our food culture.”
In total, over 50,000 dishes were served up, as well as entertainment from 12 bands and 30 demonstrations.
Festival director Rob Eliott allegedly said it would be easy for the festival to grow in size, but is currently more focused on the premium food and beverage category.
Early Bird ticket prices started at $22.50 and rose to $120 for VIP, which included canapés and a drinks reception.
Some say that Taste can work out a little pricey for those on a budget. The general consensus being that you can expect to spend at least $100 to enjoy the session to the fullest.
View: Photos from Taste of Auckland, Western Springs
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