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Five Wellington On a Plate Events You Can Check Out for Free This Weekend

Nab free samples at a local producer market, wrap your hands around really f***ing hot chicken, and take part in a food illustration workshop.
By Stephen Heard
September 30, 2020
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Five Wellington On a Plate Events You Can Check Out for Free This Weekend

Nab free samples at a local producer market, wrap your hands around really f***ing hot chicken, and take part in a food illustration workshop.
By Stephen Heard
September 30, 2020
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FIVE WELLINGTON ON A PLATE EVENTS YOU CAN CHECK OUT FOR FREE THIS WEEKEND

Nab free samples at a local producer market, wrap your hands around really f***ing hot chicken, and take part in a food illustration workshop.

Visa Wellington On a Plate is back for its 12th year with more than 100 flavour-packed events, special dining menus, burgers and craft cocktails. While tickets for most of the mouthwatering festival events are screaming out the door, there are a handful of happenings during the month where you can simply roll up and pay on consumption. This weekend you can nab free samples at a local producer market, wrap your hands around really f***ing hot chicken, and take part in a food illustration workshop.

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    Australian cult fried chicken joint Belles last sent the capital into a frenzy at Welly On a Plate 2019. This time around Australian chef and former Nashville resident Morgan McGlone will be sharing his recipes and tutoring the Shepherd Restaurant team via Zoom. For two nights only they’ll be serving up Belles favourites like eye-wateringly spicy wings, chicken sandwiches and chicken waffles.

    Image: Belles Hot Chicken.

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    Japanese-inspired eatery BambuchiSan is tipping its hat to the Snoop D-O-Double-G with a themed street food extravaganza. The Hataitai restaurant will be decked out for the month as it serves up fresh hot dogs like the ‘Doggfather’, a creation loaded with mozzarella, marinara sauce and scallions. Elsewhere, the ‘Doc-ock’ sees your average frank enhanced with seaweed, squid ink and black mayo. As well as an array of different loaded hot dogs, you can expect Japanese-inspired side dishes like loaded fries and chicken wings. The gin and juice will be flowing, as will the build-your-own ‘Roll Up a Fat One’ cocktail for four people.

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    Le Samourai is hosting a pepped-up pop-up worth staying up for. At this month-long event, Wellington’s legendary coffee roasters will be pouring their favourite tipples at this evening coffee soirée. Taste Irish coffees, coffee negronis and the capital’s largest selection of espresso martinis — all highlighting the unique qualities of locally-roasted java. The nighttime coffee lounge will come complete with live music, DJs and poets.

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    Six Barrel Soda Co. presents its inaugural Mini Makers Market for Welly On a Plate 2020. The free entry event on Saturday, 3 October will bring together local producers and foodies in the heart of Wellington. Held on-site at Six Barrel’s soda factory, this event gives visitors the chance to chat to their local food heroes, sample new and unusual products, and shop for their own pantry. Get one-on-one time with the makers, hear their stories, and taste and sample the goods right there with the people who make them. We’re sure you’ll be able to wash those free samples down with a fresh soda, too.

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    Giselle Clarkson is best-known for her illustrations of classic New Zealand biscuits. She also recently finished drawing lots of fantastic food for Alexandra Tylee’s latest cookbook, ‘Egg and Spoon’, an illustrated cookbook that celebrates imagination, confidence and the fun of cooking. As part of Welly On a Plate, Giselle is setting up at Johnsonville Library for two illustration workshops where she’ll show participants how to draw their favourite food and share tips and tricks on how to make food look as appetising on the page as it does on the plate. From there, participants will head to the library cafe, Common Ground, to make the sesame noodles recipe from the ‘Egg and Spoon’ cookbook. Drawing materials and recipe ingredients will be supplied.

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Top image: Nikki To, Belles Hot Chicken.

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