Hosted by Field & Green
Ka kitea a Matariki, kua maoka te hinu / When Matariki is seen, the game is preserved
This year we celebrate Māori New Year when our pātaka (storage house) is full of kai. Gathered and preserved to ensure an abundant supply for our special feast, to be held as Matariki and her daughters rise in the phase of the moon known as Tangaroa, the moon of plenty.
Our festive dinner, held over two nights on 6th and 7th July, will focus on food connected to four of the sisters stars - Tupuānuku (earth), Tupuārangi (forest), Waitī (fresh water) and Waitā (ocean), and using four techniques of preserving - salt, pickling, smoke and fat.
With salmon from the waters surrounding Aoraki, venison hunted from nearby Aorangi range, and fish off the Kāpiti coast, these are just some of the bountiful foods we will share with you, your whānau and friends.
Joining us for the dinner are guests Johanna Knox (author of A Forager's Treasury) and Jannine Rickards (The Huntress wines).
Johanna Knox (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Ranginui, Tangata Tiriti) is one of New Zealand's most knowledgeable and creative foragers. Her published books include A Forager's Treasury (Allen & Unwin, 2013 and 2021) and Guardians of Aotearoa (Bateman Books, 2018). In 2018, she completed an MA in Creative Writing at the IIML, and in 2019, Heke Rongoā at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. Johanna has a long-standing interest in food, sustainability and resilience and has written about foraging for Good magazine and Taste magazine. Johanna's monthly foraging slot on Radio New Zealand's This Way Up programme was one of the show's most popular.
Jannine Rickards (Ngā Puhi, Ngāi Te Rangi), 37, is a winemaker. She lives near Martinborough, Wairarapa where her and her partner frequently go hunting. https://www.huntress.co.nz/
Ticket includes a complimentary glass of wine on arrival.
We are unable to cater for dietaries.