24 MARCH - 2 APRIL 2023

24 MARCH - 2 APRIL 2023

WELCOME TO

FLAVOURS OF PLENTY FESTIVAL 2023

From 24 March to 2 April 2023, the coastal Bay of Plenty will come alive once again for the Flavours of Plenty Festival! Get your taste buds ready for a whole lot more tantalising foodie events, tasty popups, competitions and so much more. Tickets on sale 1 Feb.
Sign-up to our e-newsletter to be the first in line.
24 March

Rika Rika Japanese Omakase

Come and enjoy a memorable Japanese Omakase course meal with Rika Rika, hosted at Benny & Brew Café.

24 March

Wild Food Gathering by the Wharf

A celebration of local produce with a wild food twist, cooked by award-winning chef Des Harris (Fish Restaurant at Auckland’s Hilton).

From

24 March

Be The Beekeeper

Kitchen Takeover and Bee First Apiaries have joined forces to offer a one-of-a-kind honey experience. Spend time in the hives, spin your own honey, and taste the honey and mead brewed on site, served with local cheeses.

From

24 March

Tastes of Plenty Tour

Explore varied and wonderful local produce accompanied by an expert food guide. A selection of light tasting plates at four locations will keep you satisfied.

From

24 March

Ki Tua By Kārena & Kasey Bird

Kitchen Takeover and Kārena & Kasey Bird join forces again. Devour a five-course kai experience that takes you into the immersive world of Māori Atua (gods), and their connection with the natural world.

From

24 March

Flights and Bites

Experience the beautiful locale of The Cider Factorie while enjoying a tasting flight of 4 award-winning ciders each paired with a delicious bite.

From

25 March

Tauranga Tasting Tours – Wow! Wine, Food & Cocktails!

Visit the Wine Portfolio, home to the prestigious, medal-winning wines of Leveret (formerly Morton) Estate & Mills Reef Winery. This is followed by lunch at The White House in Te Puna, and dessert and a cocktail at Salinity Restaurant & Bar.

25 March

Tauranga Farmers Market Artisan Morning Tea

Enjoy a lovingly-crafted morning tea featuring food platters that showcase the artisan flavours from our own Farmers’ Market producers.

25 March

Coffee and Cupcakes at Replenish

Learn how to ice your own fancy cupcakes with and impress your friends and family with your new-found decorating skills!

25 March

Fife Lane and Flavours of Plenty Luncheon

Celebrating coastal Bay of Plenty and Māori culture, Fife Lane will use bountiful whakauru (ingredients) from both the whenua and moana.

25 March

First We Eat

This boutique, multi-sensory event combines leading Kiwi musicians, boutique food vendors, celebrity chefs, renowned wineries and craft breweries.

25 March

Fanculo La Dieta!

In Italy, ‘Il Pranzo’ is a hedonistic experience and the most glorious meal of the day. Join us for a 3 hour lunch with traditional recipes and plenty of wine!

25 March

Local Wild Food Challenge

Create and prepare a dish ready to be presented to our judges. It must feature ingredients sourced from the great outdoors – harvested from gardens, the ocean, bush, rivers or lakes. Enter to win prizes from our impressive prize pool!

25 March

Local Wild Food Festival

Celebrate sustainability and the abundance of foods available from our local environment. The action-packed programme includes a wild food cooking challenge, demonstrations with food tastings, an interactive mystery box cooking challenge, live bands, a craft beer garden, food and market stalls.

26 March

Mount Mainstreet Urban Market

Explore this boutique locals farmers’ market selling freshly-baked bread, vegan pastries, kombucha, honey, specialty meats plus local fruit and vegetables. Ready-to-eat food and live music is also on offer, so bring your basket and fill it up with exceptional products.

26 March

Meet The Maker – Grower & Producer Market

Come along and meet the people who grow beautiful fresh produce and create artisan food products in and around Waihī Beach. Gather a group of friends of family to sample and buy an array of products on the day.

From

26 March

Sausage Celebration

This hands-on sausage making workshop is open to 12 lucky people and will feature classic flavours plus some out of the box ones. Taste the results in class and take the rest home with you. All ingredients and equipment are provided.

26 March

The Good Fusion – An Afternoon of Food, Fashion and Music

Whakatāne’s design studio and ethical lifestyle store, The Good Tonic, presents a fusion of food, fashion and music to celebrate their slow, sustainable production ethos and reuse/repurpose values.

From

26 March

Dinner in the Park

This weekly artisan food market is held at Matua Park every Sunday evening until 26th March 2023. Serving restaurant-quality meals from a variety of the Bay’s best vendors, there’s something to tempt everyone’s tastebuds.

26 March

Battle of the Snack

Three of the Bay’s top chefs will mentor six of the region’s most promising future chefs to win the coveted title of ‘Snack of the Bay’ and have their recipe featured in Cuisine Magazine.

26 March

Three-Course Dinner at Trinity Wharf

Take in the panoramic views of the stunning Tauranga waterfront while enjoying a unique, three-course menu designed by Executive Chef Rob Forsman.

27 March

Get Started with Microgreens!

Come and learn how to grow your own microgreens. Microgreens are a fresh, healthy and easy-to-grow addition to your diet, and we’ll show you how to get started and provide some recipe ideas for how to incorporate microgreens into your daily meals.

28 March

Solomons Gold Chocolate Factory Tour

Learn how this award-winning chocolate factory came to establish itself in Mount Maunganui and discover their ‘bean to bar’ supply chain and impressive commitment to quality.

From

28 March

Tauranga Tasting Tours – Tastes of Tauranga

Broaden your culinary knowledge and stock up on unique pantry ingredients during this tour. Discover Pepper & Me’s rubs, pastes, salt-blends, sauces and more; Hemp New Zealand’s nutrient-rich superfoods and products, and edible plants at Décor Gardenworld.

From

28 March

Bee-Hind the Scenes with Bee NZ

Go behind-the-scenes of this Katikati honey packing facility – meet the honeymeister and learn about the journey from the hive to your home.

28 March

Blabla’s Secret Society – Flavours of Plenty Festival Special

Join Blabla’s Secret Society at Special Mention for a night of tasting, learning and discussions with Whakatane’s Mata Brewery, Solomon’s Gold and Goodbuzz Kombucha.

28 March

Our Future Creative Gifts

Solera will celebrate our region’s future creative talents by inviting Toi Ohomai | Te Pūkenga students to work alongside established chefs to create a dinner not to be missed.

29 March

Tauranga Tasting Tours – Te Puke Truffles

Visit Te Puke Truffles (as seen on Country Calendar) and discover the background and growing techniques of this small truffière (truffle orchard).

29 March

Heli Beach & Burg Safari

Lift off from Waihī Beach airfield for a 15 minute scenic Adventure Helicopter tour of Waihī Beach, Orokawa Bay & Matakana Island. Then head to Surf Shack Eatery for one of the best burgers in New Zealand followed by dessert.

29 March

Downtown Tauranga Progressive Dinner

Delight in a night of surprises as we discover some of the CBD’s best eateries. Dine like you never have before as we wind our way from one venue to the next, enjoying a different dish and paired drink at each stop.

30 March

Dinner in the Domain

Join the Dinner in the Domain team at the Papamoa Pony Club on Thursday nights from 5pm for an evening by the sea where you can enjoy a huge variety of delicious street food, a few cheeky beverages and live music.

30 March

Food for Thought – An Evening Q&A Discussion

Hosted by Kitchen Takeover’s Stacey Jones, hear from special guests who all immigrated to Aotearoa and have since helped shape the Bay’s local food and beverage industry.

From

31 March

Mediterranean Escape

Meet, taste and hear from the producers at Mystery Valley olive orchard and Te Puke Truffles followed by a late lunch at The Trading Post.

31 March

Long Lunch with Pepper and Me

A Friday afternoon beachside long lunch, hosted by Cherie Metcalfe of Pepper and Me. Featuring recipes from Cherie’s new cookbook ‘Together’ and showcasing fresh local produce, you can expect fresh foccacia, warm olives, baked cheeses, porchetta, stunning salad platters and lots of sweet treats.

31 March

Stories Through Food

A banquet-style evening of food and storytelling with a traditional Māori theme. Highlighting the amazing produce available, we will combine traditional cooking methods and ethos around locally-farmed produce.

1 April

The Little Big Markets

Check out live cooking demonstrations and a scrumptious range of gourmet street food at The Little Big Markets at Mount Maunganui’s Coronation Park.

From

1 April

Destination Degustation

Explore a culinary trail of the Mount’s most popular foodie spots. Enjoy a six-course set menu roaming lunch courtesy of Alpino, Hide Thirst & Hunger, Sea People, Solera, Saltwater, before finishing off at Master Kong.

2 April

The Mushroom Lunch

Spend the afternoon at Picnicka to celebrate the wonders of our locally-produced mushrooms. Enjoy drinks and bites inspired by mushrooms including a large variety produced by Tony from Alice’s Restaurant.

2 April

Sugo Flavours of Plenty Lunch

After a sellout event in 2022, Sugo returns with a special Flavours of Plenty Festival Lunch. Choose between two seatings and dive into chef Ian’s spectacular culinary lunchtime experience.

2 April

The Big Smoke BBQ Co. BBQ Class

Discover the secret to a perfect barbecue! Let the experts take you through fire and heat management, rubs and sauces, barbecue methods, food temperatures, smoking woods, meat selection and preparation plus other top tips.

FLAVOURS OF PLENTY FESTIVAL
2022 HIGHLIGHTS

Play Video