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Eat.Taste.Central: A month-long foodie’s delight begins in Central Otago

The fifth annual Eat.Taste.Central event gets underway on September 24, celebrating all things tasty and delectable in New Zealand's Central Otago region.

Eat.Taste.Central: A month-long foodie’s delight begins in Central Otago

Eat.Taste.Central: Celebrating the flavours of Central Otago

For the next month, local cafes, restaurants and cellar doors across the region will be collectively producing their own Central Otago Regional Menus.

Central Otago grows some of the world’s finest flavours and produce.

Think soft buttery walnuts, pure thyme honey, creamy cheeses and peppery olive oil. All washed down with a lovingly crafted local beer or sampled with a boutique Central Otago wine.

The annual food and wine experience runs from September 24 through until 25 October.

Campaign manager Antz Longman says the whole region comes to life during the festival.

“From Cromwell and Bannockburn in the west, to Roxburgh and Millers Flat in the south, Waipiata, Naseby and Danseys Pass in the north, through Alexandra, Clyde and so many places in between, chefs, business owners and producers have been busy planning their special entries for this Regional Menu,” he says.

Head to Armando’s Kitchen and try the main dish of Caramelle Ripiene con Pasta Sfoglia

“As the days warm up and the landscape bursts back into life from the winter chill, E.T.C is about locals and visitors getting out and exploring all corners of Central Otago, visiting their favourite venues and discovering new ones and voting for their favourite dishes.”

“We encourage people to gather friends and family and make plans to take a culinary road trip through Central Otago this spring. It’s a wonderful time of year and what could be better than fabulous food and drink served in stunning locations, and with a story to tell.”

There are a mix of options to suit taste buds across five categories:

  • Tapas, Shared Plates and Boards
  • Pies, Burgers and Sandwiches
  • Main Meal
  • Brunch
  • Sweet & Dessert

Many of these dishes are matched to local Central Otago wines, beers, juices and also cocktails. The public can vote online for their favourite menu items through the Eat.Taste.Central website and The Central App.

“Some of the best dining experiences in the country are within Central Otago”, says MiNDFOOD’s Editor-in-Chief Michael McHugh.

Carrick Winery offers world-class wines and oustanding cuisine

A range of food, wine and heritage-themed events will also be on offer, including the Feraud 140 – Weekend of Wine. Taking place on 1 – 4 October, the weekend celebrates 140 years since Jean Desire Feraud won Central Otago’s first gold medal for wine. Head along to the events for special wine tastings, tours of vineyards and a picturesque long lunch above the wines.

The growth in the Eat.Taste.Central event has also been supported by a continued relationship with MiNDFOOD, and new collaborations with several businesses and organisations from inside and outside the region.

Head to for more details. 

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