Meet some of The Big Foody’s favourite New Zealand Foodies

Tucked away throughout New Zealand, Artisan producers, who with the goodness of New Zealand’s produce, create morsels that will leave your taste buds asking for more.
We at the Big Foody love discovering these innovative foodies and make sure that they become part of our tours, so that we can share their delights with you.
This month we showcase a few of our favourites, that we either visit or taste some of their products when you come along on one of our Big Foody Food tours.
We asked them questions about what they love about Auckland and it’s food scene. Meet them below or even better, join us on a Big Foody Food Tour to meet them or their products in person!
First off, meet Jenny’s Kitchen Tamarind Chutney;
Jenny’s Kitchen Tamarind Chutney
At the end of last century, on Waiheke Island (an island just off Auckland), Jenny Stewart created a Tamarind chutney that would go on to become “World Famous on Waiheke Island” and win a multitude of awards. Handed over and now owned and run by Cathy Knight and Grant Hunter since the late 1990’s, Jenny’s Tamarind Chutney is still going strong and exciting taste-buds everywhere! Cathy and Grant adore Auckland’s geography, “To clamber up a Volcano (their favourite is Mt Eden) and watch the sunrise over the many islands of the Hauraki Gulf is pretty special. And where else can you jump on a boat and in less than an hour be on an island with its beautiful beaches, fabulous food and famous wine.”
Their favourite place to eat is sitting on Little Oneroa Beach with a Dragon Fired Pizza, or in Auckland city itself they love Pla Thong Thai Restaurant in Mt Eden, which coincidentally is also their favourite food suburb “Mt Eden is spoilt for choice when it come to great places to eat”.
Dan and Jo Pearson, owners and creators of Wild Fennel Co, makers of gourmet seasonings, recently relocated themselves down to Dunedin, but are originally from Auckland and still have very fond memories of Auckland’s food scene;
Wild Fennel Co.
Inspired by traditional flavour pairing from around the world, Wild Fennel Co. is gourmet seasoning at it’s finest!
Originally a part-time hobby at Farmers Markets, creators Dan and Jo Pearson have grown the business to now be available in butchers, grocers, deli’s, gift stores and supermarkets across New Zealand.
When asked what they love about Auckland, they answered “The beaches and the wine!” “My two favourite places in Auckland are Awhitu and Clevedon, both of which boast some of the most beautiful hidden beaches in the city and some of my favourite drops of red. In Awhitu you have Cliff Edge wines who do a beautiful Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon. In Clevedon there is the quaint Rannach vineyard with their delicious creamy 2008 Merlot.”
Their favourite food suburb is “K Rd without a doubt. Lots of choice, Madame George, Bestie Cafe, Satya to name a few favourites, followed by a night out in The Wine Cellar” and their recommendation for something to eat is “Kura for epic Japanese”.
Book your Big Foody Food Tour now to experience tastes like Jenny’s Kitchen Tamarind Chutney, Wild Fennel Co. seasonings and many more innovative New Zealand foodies.
Meet the original creator of Jenny’s Kitchen Tamarind Chutney – Jenny Stewart
Wild Fennel Co. gourmet seasoniongs are incredibly simple to use and FULL of flavour

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