The Blondie Tartine (above)
WOOING TREE VINEYARD, CROMWELL
The pairing of this tartine with Wooing Tree Blondie almost looks too perfect to consume. Made of lightly-toasted locally made sourdough topped with peach, prosciutto and feta cheese with a hint of mint, it sounds like the perfect light lunch.
Local Products: Local feta cheese, mint and sourdough.
Beverage Match: Wooing Tree Blondie – included in the dish.
The SAMURAI (above)
THE STOAKER ROOM, CROMWELL
Whether you’re keen for a hangover cure or a food coma, the SAMURAI looks like it will deliver. This decadent burger is made up of a 100% Wagyu beef patty with Wagyu beef brisket, duck liver pate, onion marmalade and chipotle mustard, served with roast potatoes and honey mustard.
Beverage Match: Wild Earth 2019 Stoaker Edition Pinot Noir.
Orangapai Venison Burger (GFO, DFO)
THE WAIPIATA COUNTRY HOTEL, WAIPIATA
You don’t come across a venison burger every day, so we’re looking forward to trying the Waipiata Country Hotel’s burger featuring a juicy venison patty topped with hay cheese, accompanied by house sauces and berry chutney, encased within a soft bun and served with steak fries.
Local Products: Mrs B’s Chutneys, Red Tussock venison, housemade hay cheese.
Beverage Match: Emerson’s Pale Ale $12 pint.
Experience Central Otago Dessert (DF) (above)
PITCHES STORE, OPHIR
This sweet celebration of honey looks right up our alley with its thyme honeycomb and blue cheese with honeycomb bavarois.
Local Products: Honeycomb honey, Whitestone Windsor blue cheese.
Beverage Match: Aurum Port Molyneux.