Plates of Plenty Challenge

Along with the epic line-up of festival events, make sure to check out the eateries that are participating in the Plates of Plenty Challenge. These venues will offer specially-crafted dishes during the festival, which hero a selection of top-quality local products.

These dishes will be judged by a panel of experts to determine the Judge’s Choice Award. BUT you are also able to vote for your favourite dish for the People’s Choice Award and go in the draw to win.


Check out the local participating eateries and their dish entries below:

Alma Eatery

Tortellini tricolore al formaggio

Alma Eatery's twist of a cheeseboard!
Hand-made 3-colour tortellini stuffed with 3 cheeses (Mount Eliza blue cheese, buffalo ricotta, and Grana Padano) and walnuts. Served on a Dabbler's Lemonade Gin infused Beurre Blanc with Pears, Yieldia kiwifruit, Figs and roasted nuts.

Benny and Brew

Potato gnocchi, beer & blue cheese sauce, nuts, pear

House potato gnocchi, Mount Brewing Co. beer, cream & Mount Eliza blue cheese sauce, toasted nuts, caramelized pears, Mama Kali's Farm micro greens.

But First Dessert

Passionate Kiwi

Bay Tropics passionfruit parfait, Yieldia kiwifruit curd, Noble & Sunday earl grey cremeux, passionfruit & Dabbler's gin gel, bubble sugar and white chocolate crumble.


Jalapeño Poppers with Blue Cheese

Mount Eliza Blue Cheese Popper in a Mount Brewing Co. High Line Hazy Pale Ale batter with Nana Dunn + Co curried onion chutney.

Crown & Badger

Beef & Blue Cheese Croquettes

Beef Brisket, Mount Eliza Blue, Yieldia Golden Kiwi, Blue Cheese Foam.

Fox's Hawker House

Tea Crème Brûlée

Noble and Sunday's Classic Earl Grey Tea Creme Brulee with a Classic Earl Grey infused Crumb and a Homemade Ice-cream made with Bay Tropics Purple Passionfruit and Yieldia's IQF Gold Kiwifruit.

Hide Bar & Eatery

A Ballad at the Bay

Smokey smoked kahawai and king fish sashimi on a bed of Mount Eliza blue cheese yoghurt, with Yieldia dried golden kiwi fruit and caramelised kiwi berries, followed by a hot golden kiwi and Dabbler's lemonade gin and Noble & Sunday earl grey tea.

Latitude 37

Curried Onion & Pickle Glazed Confit Duck Leg

Nana Dunn + Co curried onion & pickle glazed confit Duck leg, Mount Eliza blue cheese potato croquette, creamed cabbage, beetroot puree, blue cheese and Mama Kali's Farm micro salad.

Master Kong

Kong's Kahawai Dumplings

Smokey Smoked Kahawai, Nana Dunn + Co curried onion chutney, charred Yieldia kiwi berry & Mama Kali's Farm microgreens. Crispy wong bok chips & chilli oil.

Miss Gee's

Kahawai Churros

Smoked kahawai infused churros with a Blue Monkey blue cheese con queso dipping sauce and Nana Dunn & co. curried onion caramel drizzle.

Papa Mo's

Mo's Smokey Treat

Smokey smoked kahawai cheese, Nana Dunn + Co. curried onion chutney puree, Mama Kali's micro herb salad, Yieldia gold kiwi & Bay Tropics passion vinaigrette.

Pearl Kitchen

Pearl’s Pie & Beer

Smoked fish pie with blue cheese potato, curried onion chutney and smoked fish gravy, served with a beer.


Scallop ceviche | passion fruit | chilli | kiwi & gin granita

Scallop ceviche served on a Bay Tropics passionfruit, red chilli and orange sauce. Topped with a Yieldia IQF golden kiwifruit and Dabbler's Lemondade infused gin granita. Served with Noble & Sunday Classic Earl Grey Tea crackers.

Roxie's Red Hot Cantina

Smoked Kahawai Tacos

Smokey Smoked Kahawai, Nana Dunn + Co spiced onion chutney, chipotle slaw & Mama Kali's Farm microgreens, served with fries.

Sailor - Galley & Rum Bar

Curried chutney fish cake

Smokey Smoked Kahawai fish cake, Mount Eliza blue cheese sauce served with Mama Kali's micro salad and a chilli salt oil.

The Comm

The Bay Bruschetta

Smokey Smoked Kahawai mousse, with Yieldia kiwifruit salsa, whipped Mount Eliza blue cheese, rocket, Nana Dunn + Co curried onion chutney puree on toasted sourdough.

The Daily

Kahawai crème rice paper tacos

Smokey smoked kahawai crème on rice paper tacos with a Yieldia kiwifruit salsa and Dabbler's gin beurre blanc.

The Talisman

The Best of the Bay

Bay Tropics passionfruit creme mousse dome, Chocolate & Dabbler's Gin cake, Noble & Sunday Earl Grey ice-cream, Yieldia dried kiwifruit & coconut crumble, Kiwifruit comport and Mount Eliza blue cheese creme patisserie filled choux bun.

The Trading Post

Agnolotti del Plin

A handmade filled pasta in a typical Piemontese shape, filled with Mount Eliza blue monkey cheese in a Noble & Sunday Earl Grey infused butter sauce with Mama Kali's Farm micro greens.

Trinity Wharf

Kiwi Crumble

Golden Yieldia kiwifruit crumble, white chocolate and Mount Eliza blue cheese mousse with Bay Tropics passionfruit.



Alma Eatery 4 The Esplanade, Ōmokoroa

Benny and Brew 100 Grange Road, Ōtumoetai

But First Dessert 6/109 Devonport Road, Tauranga

Cadera 19 Pohutukawa Ave, Ōhope

Fox’s Hawker House 108 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui

Hide 147B Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui

Latitude 37 181 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui

Master Kong 217 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui

Miss Gee’s Bar & Eatery 3/59 The Strand, Tauranga

Papa Mo’s 4 Golden Sands Drive, Pāpāmoa

Pearl Kitchen 20 Coast Boulevard, Pāpāmoa

Picnicka 38 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga

Roxie’s Cantina 113 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui

Sailor 147B Maunganui Road Mount Maunganui

Talisman Restaurant 7 Main Road, Katikati

The Comm 45 The Strand, Whakatāne

The Crown & Badger 91 The Strand, Tauranga

The Daily Cafe 3 Commerce Lane, Te Puke

The Trading Post 1 Hall Road, Paengaroa

Trinity Wharf Tauranga 51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga


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