The Auckland Food Show is a solid reminder that New Zealand’s focus is clean and green, with quite a lot of fun tossed into the mix. It’s one of my favourite annual events, and once again, it did not disappoint. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love food?
The next Auckland Food Show dates are Auckland Jul July 25-28, 2019.
It is functionality over form, as visitors taste seemingly endless samples, try their hand decorating cupcakes, learn new cooking techniques from the experts, participate in cooking or coffee preparation workshops, or discover new kitchen gear. Beverages intermixed with the food stalls covered the gambit from healthy concoctions and teas to spirits, wine, and beer (for the 18+).
It’s more than just a taste of Auckland. There is something for everyone, whether you prefer sweet or spicy, smooth or dry, organic, paleo, or mainstream – you will find something to please even the most discriminating palate. Here are ten reasons to visit the Auckland Food Show:
1) Sample foods and discover new favourites
2) Learn new cooking techniques from the experts
Included in the ticket price are food and cooking demonstrations. I love the large stage from Whirlpool as it has the big screen overhead so you could easily see what the pros are preparing.
Or, join in a workshop for some hands-on learning.
3) Listen to live entertainment
4) Enjoy international flavours made locally
5) Learn something new about the foods you eat
One of the big surprises for me, and possibly a new favourite snack food, is raw orange kumara. I was as surprised as you are to read this, but there it was. Here is what I learned about this Maori sweet potato:
- The orange kumara has less starch than the others and can be eaten raw.
- It metabolizes in a way which counts as one of the 5-a-Day, rather than as a carb.
- It tastes crisp, fresh and a bit sweet, with a texture reminiscent of Jícama, my favourite Mexican yam which isn’t available in New Zealand.
6) Purchase your favourite foods or gadgets (nearly always at a discount)
7) Meet real New Zealanders
8) Have something to drink
9) Discover ancient secrets
10) Meet a few heroes
Food Tips and Tidbits we have learned at the Auckland Food Show
Aside from tempting food porn and interesting gadgets, we learned a few things. Did you know:
- In Europe, USA, Canada, and Japan, to be a “feta” the cheese must be 70-90% from sheep with the remainder from goats. There are currently no restrictions in Australia and New Zealand as to which cheeses can be called “feta”.
- From the Italian chef leading the Casa Barilla cooking school we learned:
- When making pasta do not add oil to the water; instead, add seven grams of salt per litre.
- Do NOT rinse cooked pasta.
- Two minutes before the pasta finishes boiling, strain it from the water and finish cooking it in the sauce.
- You can use the juice from a can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) as an egg white substitute, even for meringue.
- Many of the recipes available at the show are also available online.
- The Auckland City Mission is at the food show to raise both funds and awareness. They provide food packs to families in need and distress. They are always happy to receive donations or volunteers.
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Auckland Food Show Practical Information:
- The Food Show runs from July 25 to 28 2019 at ASB Showgrounds in Auckland, New Zealand.
- Opening hours are from 10 am to 5 pm. Click here for the Auckland Food Show’s official web page and ticket information.
- While you can sign up in advance for the Casa Barilla Cooking Workshops, about one-third of the spots are saved for on-the-day sign-ups.
- Wine tastings with Glengarry and coffee making with Nespresso workshops are both first come, first served.
- There is a charge for parking; however, if you arrive early, look for free street parking around the back and enter the showgrounds at Gate 4.
- If you want to see it all, allocate at least 4 hours.
- Bring a wheeling cart (or at least a shopping bag) as many of the “food show deals” are irresistible.
- Talk to the vendors as many of them are the owners and happy to share fun and interesting information.
- If you want to sample alcoholic beverages, be sure to bring a proper ID.
- Click here to see other Auckland festivals.
Will you head to the next Auckland Food Show?
Disclaimer: We were guests of the Auckland Food Show. The opinions expressed here are purely our own.