After a week-long residency at Satya Spice and Chai Shop and an appearance at mega beer festival, GABS, Wellington's Garage Project will continue its takeover of Auckland with another beer and food matching experience.
This time, Balmoral wild food restaurant Cazador will be the ones to unwrap the brewery's latest globe-trotting concoctions. At the one-off event chef Dariush Lolaiy will travel through history along the Silk Road to create a menu of five themed dishes. Expect sticky Chinese sauces, Persian pasta, spiced African fish and Indian-inspired sweets. The eatery will be looking at how cultural influences travelled across borders and informed the way we eat today.
The six beers on show are all inspired by drinks from the ancient network of trade routes. The collection includes a rendition of Bhang Thandai, a traditional Indian drink that comes spiked with edible cannabis. Garage Project's version is a spiced milk stout that uses hemp seed oil from a Hawke's Bay producer alongside almonds, watermelon seeds, green cardamom, saffron and black pepper. You can also expect a ginger pineapple pilsner, a green tea and jasmine lager, and a cascara and cinnamon bock.
The full collection of Silk Road beers will be served on the night. Bookings are essential.