With Taste of Auckland just over and lots of great summer Food and Wine Festivals on the way we thought we'd consider just a few iconic foods and drinks enjoyed by Kiwis! Every country has food that represents their country and New Zealand is no exception with dishes from seafood to pavlova here’s a list of some of the more common Kiwi foods …
Hokey Pokey Icecream - Hokey pokey icecream New Zealand’s favourite ice cream flavour, vanilla with small bits of crunchy toffee.
Hangi - The hangi or ‘earth oven’ is the traditional form of cooking for Maori. A hole is dug in the ground and the food (anything from potatoes to pork) is placed in woven baskets and buried along with hot rocks so that the food is cooked slowly in its own steam.
Pavlova - A traditional New Zealand dessert – a meringue that is crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, covered with cream and decorated with fruit.
Honey - Many varieties of honey are available in New Zealand but the most sought-after is Manuka honey, produced from a native flowering shrub known for its health benefits.
Lemon & Paeroa (L&P) - A combination of lemon juice and carbonated mineral water from the small town of Paeroa. Only available in New Zealand.
Kiwifruit - Also known as the Chinese gooseberry, kiwifruit are succulent green-fleshed fruit with a furry brown skin
Oysters - Bluff oysters From the southern-most town in mainland New Zealand, Bluff. Every year people decend on Bluff for the Bluff Oyster Festival. In 2017 this is on 20 May
Green-lipped mussels - Large mussels are encased in a beautiful green coloured shell.
Crayfish - Famously bought from roadside stalls in Kaikoura but sold all over New Zealand.
Kiwi Classic Beers - Such as Speight's, Monteith's & Tui Classic - Kiwi beer & lager, adored all year round. There are a number of Beer Festivals held in New Zealand including the Great Kiwi Beer Festival which in 2017 is on 28 January in Hagley Park, Christchurch
King salmon - Available fresh or smoked, salmon is farmed in Marlborough Sounds, Stewart Island and on the South Island’s east coast. Of course there are Festivals in New Zealand for just about anything and another great event is the Twizel Salmon and Wine Festival in 2017 on 28 January
Kumara - A traditional Maori food crop, kumara (also known as sweet potato) is a delicious Kiwi favourite that may be served as chips, roasted or mashed.
Pineapple lumps - Chocolate covered pineapple chewy sweets.
Whitebait - Tiny minnow-like fish that are considered a delicacy. Often cooked as a fritter, fried in batter.
Paua - Paua (known in other parts of the world as ormer) has a very distinctive flavour and is eaten in a pattie.
The Humble Pie - Nowadays a nationwide obsession. Sold in the thousands each year fillings can range from gourmet chicken and cranberry to basic beef mince and Kiwi classic, bacon and egg. A true Kiwi culinary tradition!
Chocolate Fish - A fish-shaped chocolate-covered marshmallow!
Anzac biscuits - Found in all good cafés and supermarkets.
42 Below Vodka - An award-winning New Zealand vodka, available in a wide range of flavours.
And last but not least, who's tried a huhu grub? Considered a delicacy in the traditional Maori diet, each year at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival, cooked huhu grubs are served up. Apparently they taste like peanut butter!
What could be more fun than wandering around your local market. Fresh baking smells, lovingly handcrafted items, each one unique and special, delicious home grown produce - that's what we love and we hope you do too!