New Zealand's Toasted Sandwich Tour Is Back for 2019
More than 50 eateries have signed up to put their spin on the cheesy snack.
The search is on for New Zealand's best toastie.
Landing for the first time last year, The Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover invites eateries across the country to put their spin on the classic toasted sandwich. More than 50 have signed up for 2019, with toasted sandwich connoisseurs able to try different variations of the snack from Auckland to Cromwell until August 31. All toasties in the competition — which is presented by McClure's Pickles — must be sandwiched between two slices of bread, be able to be eaten by hand and contain cheese and pickles.
In Auckland, Fort Greene's toasted creation comes packed with house-smoked pastrami, melted cheese and whole sliced pickles, while Hamilton's Hayes Common is serving up smoked kahawai, mustard béchamel, vintage meyer cheese in toastie form. Visitors to Joe's Garage Riccarton can expect the combo of pulled lamb shoulder and havarti cheese, and Marlborough's Vines Village Café is pushing the boat out with slow-roasted duck with sour cherry.
The toasted sandwich celebration has introduced a competitive element for 2019, with participating eateries being judged on their creations in the quest to find the country's tastiest toastie. The judging will be split between six regions with two eateries from each area going through to the final. Joe McClure from McClure's Pickles will have the job of presenting the Best New Zealand Toastie title, with winner announced on Monday, August 26.
THE GREAT NEW ZEALAND TOASTIE TAKEOVER
Dr Rudi's Rooftop Brewing Co.
Fantail & Turtle
Good George Craft House
Hero Sandwich House
Jo Bros Burgers
Johnny Barr's American Restaurant
Queen's Head Bar and Eatery
Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen
The Butcher's Shop Cafe
Goods Manufactory and Café
Ten O'Clock Cookie Bakery Café
Image: Babiche Martens.
Published on June 25, 2019 by Stephen Heard