Auckland Food Show

Love food? Need a weekend activity that’s indoors (and out of the crazy weather)? I’ve got the perfect idea for you. The annual Auckland Food Show is back and ready to cure your weekend hangry issues.

With over 300 stalls across three halls and live cooking demonstrations, there’s plenty of action to get amongst! I attended the preview day yesterday and I enjoyed the way the exhibition hall was spaced out – there was something new and exciting at every turn.

My recommendation? Head in on an empty stomach. It’s samples and good deals galore, so lunch (and afternoon snacks and dinner…) is most definitely sorted this weekend.

Foodie heavyweights Nadia Lim, Annabelle White, Simon Gault, Luke Hines, Michael Van de Elzen and Chelsea Winter will grace the Cooking Theatre stage across the weekend with cooking demos. Next door is The Women’s Bookshop where the famous cooks will be signing their books so you can make their creations at home!

The Ceres Organic’s team’s kitchen will leave you inspired and you may consume more cheese than ever before in the Cheese Alley. The Street Food Alley is sure to make decision-making a little hard with all of the offerings, plus if you find you’re a little too loaded up to walk back to your car or bus, the team at Mazda will drop you off via their shuttle, all for a gold coin donation to the Auckland City Mission – a win, win!

There were so many highlights from the food shows, which makes picking a top 4 extremely difficult, but here goes:

1. The parsnip chips from Proper Crisps and the Garden Medley ones too (don’t knock it till you try it). Eating vegetables had never been so easy, ha!


2. The dumplings at the Good Chow stand – the massive dancing Soy Sauce may have swayed me…

3. Petal cupcakes – this was one of the first stands we visited and I just couldn’t resist the way the double chocolate cupcake was calling my name… I mean, just look at it! You can’t say you wouldn’t be tempted too.

4. Finally, you can’t just breeze past some Pic’s Peanut Butter show deals on your way out! It’s just not possible (unless you have a peanut allergy, of course). Seriously though, they even make gluten free bread taste good and we all know how hard that is.

The Auckland Food Show is on now 10am – 5pm daily at the ASB Showgrounds until Sunday (29th). Tickets are available online or at the gate.