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Full Steam Ahead - Late Sept Update

Full Steam Ahead - Late Sept Update

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It’s been an extraordinary few months since lockdown in March. In that time we’ve seen Tourism NZ undertake research about our food & beverage opportunities, NZTE launch their ‘Made with Care’ Food & Beverage cross-sector brand, and MPI launch ‘Fit for a Better World’. We can see the push for a National Food Strategy beginning to bear fruit, regional New Zealand embrace the opportunity to explore their food stories and the strengthening of a grass-roots food resilience movement. Our hospitality businesses have become more creative than they’ve ever been, with chefs exploring their takiwā and connecting to their producers. Our fishers and farmers are becoming more aware of the need to find their eaters, the power of telling their stories and the opportunities they have to create better environmental outcomes for us all. And all of us as eaters are becoming more interested in provenance and the connection between food and health. There has never been a more hopeful or exciting time for food in Aotearoa.

Food Hui 2020 is a go!

After the government announcement this week, we are full steam ahead for our sixth annual Food Hui on the 19th and 20th October at Te Papa and co-presented with the Restaurant Association of New Zealand. Together we will bring a plethora of speakers and panellists to share knowledge and insights and assemble for two days of talking, listening and thinking about all aspects of New Zealand food.

Over the next few weeks will be revealing our speakers for Day 2 - Tuesday 20th October. As we present discussions around: Food Tourism, A National Food Strategy, Slow Fish, our Kaitaki Collective and A Local Grain Economy for Aotearoa. Find more details about what will be covered here.

Grab your ticket now to secure your place at the most important food conversation in New Zealand.

Terra Madre 2020 This year the Food Hui is International. The event is being included in Terra Madre, a worldwide Slow Food festival that seeks to unite our food, our planet and our future. Kicking off on October 8th, Terra Madre will present a rich calendar of both digital and physical events throughout the world, culminating at the Slow Food International Congress in April 2021.

You can find out more here. #Slowfoodforchange #TerraMadre

Remember that Day 2 is part of VISA Wellington on a Plate so tell all your food-loving friends!

Get your Food Hui 2020 tickets NOW.

National Food Strategy Webinar 4.0

Next Tuesday 29th September from 4pm - 5pm, we will continue to expand the conversation around a National Food Strategy for Aotearoa, this time heading into our cities and urban spaces.

Joining our CE Angela Clifford on the panel will be:

National Food Strategy ConversatioNZ 4.0 Webinar via Zoom

Date: Tuesday 29th September. Time: 4pm - 5pm

Attendance is FREE.

Register for the National Food Strategy ConversatioNZ 4.0 via Eventbrite.

Thanks to those who've joined our previous webinars. If you missed them you can watch the recordings below:

1.0 We Don't Need a Ministry of Food, We Need a Citizenry of Food

2.0 Further ConversatioNZ about a National Food Strategy

3.0 National Food Strategy ConversatioNZ

Our Kaitaki get to #KnowYourFisher

This month our Kaitaki Collective of young New Zealand food guides have explored the Slow Fish movement, an initiative by Slow Food International that celebrates artisanal fishing communities throughout the world and is an initiative that aligns deeply with out Eat New Zealand #KnowYourFisher campaign. Take some time to read, watch and listen to our Slow Fish stories, as these curious young people ponder, question and challenge the connection to where our fish comes from. They also celebrate a number of artisanal fishers who are doing things differently, and working hard to protect our oceans and further connect our people to the kaimoana that comes from it.

Check out the Slow Fish Stories by our Kaitaki...
Recipe for Spearfished Butterfish shared by Scotch Wine Bar in Blenheim.

Upcoming Regional Food Events

There are a host of fabulous regional food celebrations happening throughout Aotearoa over the next few weeks with each one helping provide the opportunity for our regions to emerge the people and stories behind our food.
Coming up:
Eat.Taste.Central in Central Otago - Saturday 26th September
Taste and Tales in Taranaki - Saturday 26th September
Waikato Ferment Fest in Hamilton - Saturday 26th September
Marlborough Bayleys Friday Night Feast - Friday 9th October. 3.30 - 8.30pm A rip roaring street party that celebrates local talent, food producers and festival vibes in the heart of the Blenheim CBD presented by Feast Marlborough.
Celebration of Spring Abundance in Oamaru - Saturday 17th October Presented by Waitaki Community Gardens and Waitaki Whitestone Geopark - a day of workshops covering biodiversity, geology, weeds and maramataka.
Local Wild Food Challenge in Ōhope - Saturday 31st October Part of a series of events encouraging hunting, foraging, growing, gathering, fishing based around a cooking challenge in Whakatāne.

Remember to stay tuned on our Instagram and Facebook pages for event updates and if you have a food-focused event coming up, let us know: hello@eatnewzealand.nz.
VISA Wellington on a Plate - 1st - 31st October. Festival tickets ON SALE NOW.

Iconic Auckland Eats

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland have released the first 50 of their Iconic Auckland Eats List. An exciting new initiative by ATEED, where the 'Critic's Top 50' dishes have been put forward by a selection of well known, food-loving Aucklander's.

The second fifty Iconic Auckland Eats will be selected from our team of 1.6 million Aucklanders. During Elemental AKL 2020 October 1st - 30th, people will be asked to nominate their dish of choice and tell the story as to why they think it should make the cut.

Take a look at the first top 50 dishes here.

Congratulations to NZTE who have just launched their MADE WITH CARE campaign. Find out more over on: www.discovernew.nz
We'd like to acknowledge the generous and ongoing support of our sponsors and partners ANZ, Beef + Lamb NZ and the Restaurant Association.

Mauri ora
Angela Clifford, CEO Eat New Zealand


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