Wellington Chocolate Factory – Nestled in the cosy culinary quarter of Hannahs Laneway, Wellington Chocolate Factory is committed to a fair trade bean-to-bar process. The WCF team work closely with growers of their cocoa beans, which they bring to New Zealand and roast, crack, winnow, conch and temper to perfection. WCF’s single-origin chocolate is complex and rich in flavour, with bars and truffles featuring local ingredients such as laneway neighbour Fix & Fogg peanut butter and Nelson hops.
Tuatara – Officially a heavyweight on the scene now, with millions of litres going out the doors every year, Tuatara began with one man: trained engineer Carl Vasta. Using converted dairy tanks for brewing, Vasta began supplying friends and family with his beer 15 years ago, and the Tuatara empire now boasts a brewery and tasting room as well as a brand spanking new central-city bar, The Third Eye.
Te Horo Jam – Te Horo Jam is one of Kapiti’s top producers, creating their traditional products using old-fashioned family recipes. Working with only 100 per cent New Zealand fruit and classic jam pans stirred with wooden spoons, Te Horo is committed to sustainable fare that tastes brilliant too. Even the labels are beautifully hand-painted, representing the company’s dedication to doing things the old-fashioned way.
Dough Momma pies – With descriptions like “chocolate cookie crumb filled with cream cheese peanut butter chiffon and topped with a chocolate ganache and salted peanuts”, it’s clear that Dough Momma – AKA Brandie Stephens – knows what she is doing. Dough Momma are purveyors of mouth-watering sugar-rush goodness in the capital, utilising local produce and mum’s recipes to create delicious pies and cakes.
Lighthouse Gin – Lighthouse Gin is distilled at the southernmost point of the North Island, near its namesake, the Cape Palliser Lighthouse. This premium spirit uses nine unique botanicals, including Yen Ben lemons, New Zealand-grown navel oranges and native kawakawa, which results in a distinctive herbaceous and citrusy flavour. Lighthouse has collaborated with Wellington cocktail bar Hawthorn Lounge to create a martini-ready drop, Hawthorn Edition, which packs a significant punch.
Kingsmeade Cheese – Miles and Janet King started out making ewe’s milk cheese using milk from their own flock of East Friesan sheep on their stunning 30-acre farm in the Wairarapa. Miles began to formulate his own cheese recipes, and the business has blossomed, with 14 unique and delicious cheeses now on offer. With an extensive line-up of awards for both their products and their sustainability practices, they have earned a worthy reputation as the king and queen of cheese in Wellington.
Tickets are now on sale for Visa Wellington On a Plate which runs from August 14 to 30.