Diwali in Wellington

JoAnne

Diwali 2019 fell on October 27, but Wellington is celebrating the festival of lights on 24 November with dancing, festivities, fireworks and food at the TSB Arena from 1.30 pm.  It’s a five day festival, symbolising the spiritual "victory of light over…

November 15th, 2019
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Visa WOAP's Rugby World Cup Semi-Final Food Picks

JoAnne

Rep your Rugby World Cup team this semi-final weekend by enjoying its national cuisine! Take your pick from Wellington’s best Welsh, English, South African and Kiwi kai - and why not some Japanese? (Since they’ve been such awesome hosts, and the Japanese rugby team has been nothing but an absolute joy to watch.) The Visa Wellington On a Plate crew makes its semi-final picks for Rugby World Cup food spots this weekend...

October 25th, 2019
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WEEK FOUR: WRAPPING UP

Tom @LoveWelly

And just like that, a whole month of Visa WOAP has suddenly come to an end...

September 4th, 2019
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2019 Visa WOAP Finalists

JoAnne

Here are your 2019 Visa WOAP Festival Award Finalists!

September 2nd, 2019
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The Visa WOAP Team Festival Highlights - Looking back on a month of feasting

The Team

​Well, we’ve made it. We’re almost at the end of the very first ever FULL MONTH of Visa Wellington On a Plate. (Are you full yet?!)

August 30th, 2019
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WEEK THREE: THAT BURGER LIFE

Tom @LoveWelly

This year, Visa WOAP’s Burger Welly​ presented by Garage Project​ features more burgers than ever before – in fact, more than double the total in 2017...

August 22nd, 2019
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WEEK TWO: THE BALANCING ACT

Tom @LoveWelly

We’re two weeks into Visa WOAP and I’m feeling so grateful that the festival now lasts a month. In previous years, that would have been all folks – done, finito, bar the voting. But here we are 2019, only finished with Beervana and Dine Welly (announcing our favourites below), and still staring down a number of great events, cocktails and – of course – burgers! So far, this year has been all about pacing oneself and picking quality over quantity.

August 15th, 2019
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WEEK ONE: A FEAST FOR THE SENSES

Tom @LoveWelly

Wellington foodies, it’s that time again! There was once a period when the thought of chilly, boring old August was enough to plan a trip to the Northern Hemisphere. Enter Visa Wellington On a Plate, and now August is a time for socialising, stretchy pants, serious food FOMO, and some of the most exciting food and beverages of the year.

August 8th, 2019
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Cocktails and mocktails and tapas, oh my!

JoAnne

It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere in Wellington said someone, somewhere, probably. And it’s definitely 5 o’ clock for the full month of August with Cocktail Wellington. Put your feet up with a cocktail from the Cocktail Wellington line up - there’s more than a hundred to choose from - and it’s for everyone! Read on....

August 5th, 2019
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Weird & Wonderful WOAP

JoAnne

Check out these off piste Visa Wellington On a Plate selections that will boggle your tastebuds with the unpredictable, entertaining, sometimes challenging, but always delicious.

July 31st, 2019
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Garage Project: The Art of Beer exhibition

Pete Gillespie

Life is always busy, but it’s good sometimes to pause for a moment and take stock of the things you’ve done. The Art of Beer​ started as a means of showcasing some of the wonderful art and talented artists Garage Project​ has worked with over the years.

July 30th, 2019
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ExtraVEGANza! Meat-free Visa WOAP

JoAnne

Who says vegetarians and vegans can’t have fun? Not Visa Wellington On a Plate​! Grab all your plant-based eating crew and head along to try these decidedly green Visa WOAP Festival events and Dine Wellington​ Festival Dishes.

July 24th, 2019
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Celebrate with Dine Wellington

JoAnne

Dine Wellington is a wonderful way of getting out there and trying what the capital’s best restaurants have on offer, whilst showcasing the Wellington region’s best and freshest produce

July 22nd, 2019
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Eat Your Way Over The Remutakas

Andy

This week we head over the Remutakas to the vineyards and olive groves of the Wairarapa to check out what's on during Visa WOAP.

July 12th, 2019
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Tohu Whenua Single Vineyard wines at Hiakai Hāngī

Visa Wellington On a Plate is proud to partner with local brands, producers and suppliers across our events and at this years’ Hiakai Hāngī, we’re celebrating the release of the new Tohu Whenua Single Vineyard wines.

July 10th, 2019
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Eat Good, Feel Good Visa WOAP Festival Events

JoAnne

Let’s face it. Visa Wellington On a Plate can be a bit of indulgent month. So it’s nice to offset with some feel-good social enterprise. There are loads of mindful Visa WOAP events with a focus on charity, sustainability, community, foraging and nature, that’ll not only have you eating good, but feeling good about it too.

July 9th, 2019
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Eat Your Way Up SH2

JoAnne

We’re taking you up State Highway 2 to show off what’s happening in the Hutt Valley for Visa WOAP.

July 5th, 2019
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Beat the cabin fever this August - Visa WOAP for the whole whānau

Andy

Here are seven family-friendly Visa WOAP Festival Events and pop-ups guaranteed to keep the kids happy (and the adults even happier) this August.

July 3rd, 2019
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Eat Your Way Up SH1

JoAnne

VWOAP goes beyond the CBD and Welly ‘burbs, and right into the regions of Wellington - the Hutt, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa, where you’ll find loads more on offer beyond the city walls.

June 29th, 2019
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Stay and Play at these hotels for Visa Wellington On a Plate

Andy

​After a day of eating your way around New Zealand's biggest culinary festival, you'll need somewhere to rest your weary head and wake up fresh for the next day of Visa WOAP-ing.

June 28th, 2019
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Would You Like Ice With That?

Andy

This year's Cocktail Welly is bigger than ever with 90 delicious liquidy concoctions being shaken and stirred across the region for this year’s Visa Wellington On a Plate.  #CocktailWelly runs from the very start to the very end of the Festival (1-31 …

June 27th, 2019
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14 Unmissable Chef Collabs at Visa WOAP 2019

JoAnne

The Chef Collaboration Series presented by Singapore Airlines is something for foodies to get very, very excited about for this year’s Visa Wellington On a Plate. For the first time, we welcome more than 20 celebrated international chefs from all over the …

June 14th, 2019
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Top 10 VWOAP 2019 Highlights you absolutely need to know about

Ah, Wellington. Cast your mind back to August 11 years ago... The city could be described as dead. DEAD. Restaurants closed for the winter, the odd tumbleweed was flung down Taranaki St at 140km hour gusting winds and everyone left for Fiji.  Now in …

May 30th, 2019
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How to Festival 2019

It’s happening!! Visa Wellington On a Plate launches TODAY - our website is now live, programmes guides are out in the wild, so you can start planning to eat your way around the Culinary Capital this August. Visa Welly On a Plate changes and grows …

May 29th, 2019
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Celebrating Wellington Women in Hospo on International Women's Day

JoAnne

Today, we celebrate some of Wellington’s most talented women in the industry for International Women’s Day (8 March). We spoke to five talented women in hospitality about everything from what makes our food and talent stand out from all the others, …

March 8th, 2019
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Best Eats at Coastella

JoAnne

Sunshine! (Fingers crossed). Awesome music! And, of course, FOOD. It's Coastella - and whilst the Coastella crew has you sorted for best beats, the Visa Wellington On a Plate team has you sorted with the best eats.

February 21st, 2019
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Sweet as spots for Valentine’s Day in Wellington

JoAnne

​Valentine’s Day. It can be sweet. Or sickly sweet, depending on your relationship status. But here at Wellington On a Plate, we feel Valentine’s Day is a day to show love in all its shapes and forms - platonic, familial or romantic. If anything, it’s really just an excuse to indulge your sweet tooth.

February 13th, 2019
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Wellington's luckiest dishes for Chinese New Year

JoAnne

The Chinese Lunar New Year kicks off on 5 February and at Visa Welly On a Plate, we’re always looking for excuses to celebrate with food, so we’re all over the Year of the Pig. We'll point you in the direction of Wellington's luckiest dishes to ring in the Chinese New Year.

February 9th, 2019
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Capitol Harmony

Melissa

In this second part of our series on Cuisine Good Food Award winners, I talk with Tom and Kate Hutchison from Capitol Dining Room & Bar for a wide-ranging conversation set against the backdrop of a buzzing restaurant preparing for mid-week lunch …

January 14th, 2019
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Nirvana at Chameleon

Melissa

It's no secret that Wellington is the culinary capital of New Zealand, from Island Bay to Otaki and across to Mount Bruce, casual cheap eats to high end treats and everything in between. And this year the Cuisine Good Food Awards shone brightly on …

December 19th, 2018
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2018 Visa WOAP Finalists

Visa WOAP Festival Team

What you've all been waiting for! Announcing the top 5 Burgers, Cocktails and Festival Dishes for 2018.

August 27th, 2018
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That's a wrap for Visa WOAP 2018

Chris

No matter how much you get to eat and drink your way around Wellington during Visa WOAP there always that little bit of FOMO when you see what other people have had. My biggest regret is not getting my hands on one of Wilson Barbecue’s Insta-famous …

August 27th, 2018
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Paying homage to Paul Bocuse, a Le Cordon Bleu event

Visa WOAP Festival Team

Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Chef Francis Motta creates a seven-course menu as a tribute to Paul Bocuse's life and culinary career. We recently sat down with Chef Francis to talk about the inspiration behind this event. Chef Francis Who was Paul Bocuse…

August 23rd, 2018
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Day 11 : ​What I’m eating and drinking

Chris

Over half way through the Welly On a Plate festival and I'm doing my best to make my way around  Wellington and keep my tally of all the deliciousness up. It’s a tough job but it has to be done.  There's a real buzz around…

August 20th, 2018
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Day 8: What we're eating and drinking

Visa WOAP Festival Team

So much goodness.. and we're only 8 days in! The cruel irony of working on a busy and delicious food festival is we don't always get out to try everything we'd like to. So we've enlisted the help of friends and experts to help round up what's been enjoyed…

August 17th, 2018
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Day 4: What I'm Eating and Drinking

Chris

Every few days our bloggers update you with reviews, tips and highlights of what they're eating, drinking and looking forward to at this years' festival.

August 13th, 2018
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Double Trouble: 2 minutes with Mark and Rupert from Hot Sauce

Chris

Chris meets the chef gunning for a third Best Burger title in a row

August 2nd, 2018
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10 cheap VWOAP offers for those low on dough

Chris

Cheap eats and offers that’ll keep you, your bank balance and stomach happy.

July 30th, 2018
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7 ways to go carnivore crazy during VWOAP

Chris

A run-down of some of this year's finger-lickin', lip-smackin' meat feasts.

July 26th, 2018
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6 meat-less reasons to meet with meat-free mates this VWOAP

Chris

Chris outlines some of the top herbivorous happenings during the Festival

July 26th, 2018
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15 reasons to road trip this Visa Welly On a Plate

Chris and Jenna

Bus out to the ‘burbs, drive over the Remutakas, or cruise up the coast for a VWOAP feast to remember.

July 20th, 2018
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2 minutes with Justin, the mixologist behind the sparkly cocktails

Guest

Justin McKenzie is the brains behind some of Welly's top cocktail bars and master of indulgent cocktails.

July 17th, 2018
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Who is the Gangsta Gardener

Guest

Who's Ron Finley? Meet this Gangsta Gardener whose bringing his motto 'plant some sh*t' to Visa WOAP 2018

July 13th, 2018
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AM to PM: how to VWOAP all day

Chris

Chris outlines a perfect day of eating and drinking from AM to PM

July 12th, 2018
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Extra tickets to sold out events

Guest

These sold out events have put on extra sessions/dates, on sale Fri 13 July, 12pm.

July 12th, 2018
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2 minutes with Amy, the chef behind the green plate of salmon

Guest

​Amy Gillies spends her day tucked away in the kitchen at Salty Pidgin, taking the Brooklyn (and Wellington) world by storm, one stylish plate of food at a time.

July 6th, 2018
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2 minutes with Mike, baker extraordinaire behind the berry tarts

Guest

Mike Kloeg is the brains behind The Clareville Bakery over in the Wairarapa. We chat all things baked and delicious.

July 4th, 2018
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2 minutes with Shaun, the man behind the Burger Cake

Guest

We sit down with Shaun Clouston of Bellamy's, Grill Meats Beer and Logan Brown to talk burgers, breakfast in bed and bacon.

July 2nd, 2018
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12 delicious burger, cocktail and dine previews

Beth & Chris

We do the hard yards and feast on a dish, burger or cocktail from 12 eateries ​to give you a peek at what's in-store for 2018.

June 29th, 2018
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10 of the best chefs coming to Wellington

Chris

Chris breaks down the ten once-in-a-lifetime events bringing together the best culinary talent from NZ and around the world.

June 13th, 2018
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8 ways to relive your childhood at Visa WOAP 2018

Chris

Visa WOAP events and happenings that are guaranteed to please your inner child – or perhaps some actual children in your life.

June 8th, 2018
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How to Food Festival

Beth

Festival blogger Beth outlines how to Visa WOAP 2018 for hungry newbies: from how to prepare pre-festival to making the most during, you'll come to know Visa WOAP inside out. 

June 5th, 2018
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Your helpful Visa WOAP weekend planner

Beth

Visa WOAP is neatly divided into 3 weekends, and we've devised 3 different itineraries, right down to where to stay if your visiting (or stay-cationing it).

June 5th, 2018
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10 things to experience at our Birthday Party

Chris

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or need an excuse to visit Wellington, here's a starter for ten of what VWOAP is dishing up to get you in the celebratory mood to eat, drink and be Welly

June 5th, 2018
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Hot Sauce's new happy hour makes us happy

Georgia

Discover the new happy hour specials at Hot Sauce

January 31st, 2018
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The Felix Awards 2017 Winners

All the winners of the 2017 Felix Awards - Wellington's hospo awards voted by the industry, for the industry.

October 26th, 2017
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Hot sauce cranks up the heat in Wellington

Guest Blogger: QT's Chris Lee

The new bar on the street, Hot Sauce approaches Asian street food with a contemporary twist, complemented by adventurous cocktails

October 5th, 2017
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The winning burger, cocktail and Festival Dish

Chris & Georgia

Bloggers Chris and Georgia report from the Festival Awards evening.

August 31st, 2017
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The finalists revealed…

Drumroll please! Announcing the top 5 burgers, cocktails and Festival Dishes, as determined by you...

August 25th, 2017
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Day 13: What I’m Eating and Drinking

Chris

Every few days our bloggers will update you with reviews, tips and highlights of what they're eating, drinking and looking forward to.

August 23rd, 2017
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Day 11: What We’re Eating and Drinking

Georgia and Chris

Every few days our bloggers will update you with reviews, tips and highlights of what they're eating, drinking and looking forward to.

August 21st, 2017
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Day 8: What I'm Eating & Drinking

Georgia

Every few days our bloggers will update you with reviews, tips and highlights of what they're eating, drinking and looking forward to.

August 18th, 2017
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Day 4: What I'm Eating and Drinking

Chris

Every few days our bloggers will update you with reviews, tips and highlights of what they're eating, drinking and looking forward to.

August 14th, 2017
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Wine not?

Chris

Chris swipes right on some Wellington Wine Country tipples matched to mouth-watering Festival Dishes.

August 10th, 2017
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Mmmpop

Chris

Chris pops together a summary of what's popping up around Wellington this VWOAP.

August 4th, 2017
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Spotlight on Laurent Loudeac

Chris

From French onion soup with Marmite to the humble Kiwi pie, Chris finds out what Laurent from Hippopotamus is serving up this Visa WOAP.

August 2nd, 2017
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Visa WOAP on the Cheap

Georgia

Not feeling flushed with cash? Georgia has put together a guide for doing the festival on the cheap.

July 31st, 2017
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Burger Wellington 2017 - the Burger & Beer challenge

Pete from Garage Project

It’s almost that time of year again, a chance for those of you with the necessary cast iron constitution to immerse yourselves in the world of Burger Wellington. With 123 burgers on offer this year it’s an almost Herculean task to eat your way through them…

July 30th, 2017
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Spotlight on Muse Eatery & Bar's Samuel North

Catherine

Catherine chats to Samuel North from Muse Eatery & Bar who know a thing or two about cooking the perfect steak - and are willing to share.

July 27th, 2017
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Spotlight on Zibibbo's Adam Newell

Georgia

Georgia yarns with Zibibbo's Adam Newell about raising pigs, cooking with truffles and burger taste-testing.

July 24th, 2017
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A vegetarian's guide to Visa WOAP

Georgia

Georgia goes meat-free with a vegetarian's guide to the festival.

July 21st, 2017
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International eats

Chris

Chris takes a world tour through this year's festival events and menu lineups.

July 19th, 2017
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Beyond the CBD

Georgia

Georgia goes beyond the CBD to explore the Wellington region and suburbs' best kai.

July 14th, 2017
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Raise a Glass

Georgia

Georgia proposes a toast to some bevvy-focused events.

July 11th, 2017
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Extra tickets to sold out events

Chris

It’s not often you get a second chance, so when it comes, grab it with both hands. These sold out events have put on extra sessions/dates, on sale 12pm, Thursday 13 July.

July 11th, 2017
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The food behind the #foodporn

Georgia

Taking the idea of VWOAP events, menus, burgers and cocktails to a new level.

July 5th, 2017
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Five VWOAP events to surprise you

Chris

From a beach party to a road trip, these food-filled events are bound to surprise, delight and inspire.

July 3rd, 2017
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Missed out on event tickets?

Georgia

If you missed out on tickets to some speedy-selling events, Georgia has some solutions.

June 22nd, 2017
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Second helpings

Chris

Blogger Chris takes a look into some of the most popular returning events.

June 19th, 2017
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Chef Collab Series

Chris & Georgia

Chris and Georgia get excited about the Chef Collaboration Series featuring international chefs.

June 16th, 2017
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Kiwi food culture

Chris

What is Kiwi food culture? Blogger Chris explores New Zealand cuisine as brought to life throughout this year's programme.

June 15th, 2017
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Plan your Welly On a Plate weekends

Georgia

Blogger Georgia helps visitors plan the most delicious Welly On a Plate weekends.

June 13th, 2017
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Visa WOAP for beginners

Georgia

Feeling overwhelmed by Visa WOAP? Blogger Georgia lays out this year's festival to help out hungry newbies.

June 6th, 2017
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12 ridiculous food experiences at Visa WOAP

Georgia

Visa Wellington On a Plate blogger Georgia explores 12 of the most outrageous culinary experiences in the 2017 programme.

June 6th, 2017
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Programme Highlights

Chris

From hāngi, pints, pies to Yum Cha and miniature food - here's what Chris has picked as highlights for this year.

June 6th, 2017
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Dining behind bars

Georgia

Georgia goes behind-the-scenes of Visa Wellington On a Plate's most popular event and how you can enter the ballot to buy tickets

June 1st, 2017
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Crunching the numbers

Georgia

Here’s a few top line figures that are a little more saucy than your average food festival stats

May 25th, 2017
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Build a Burger Welly

This year we welcome Husk as a new restaurant to the Visa WOAP family with a delicious Dine Wellington set menu and, for the first time ever, we’re crowd sourcing their Garage Project Burger Wellington via our Facebook page. That’s right, you, the punter …

March 31st, 2017
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Three Wellington products you should be eating

Welcome back to the Visa WOAP blog! This year joining our usual blogger Chris is the beer lovin', cheese eatin' lass, Georgia. Having worked on the Festival in the past, she knows the ins and outs to bring you even more behind the scenes action. Her first …

January 27th, 2017
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The 2017 Festival Awards

You all know and love the Burger Wellington competition (much love to Garage Project for making this happen). You know, that one that runs throughout the Festival and you can score every single burger (and beer) you demolish out of 10 to determine the top 5? …

January 27th, 2017
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About last week…

Chris

  My final week of Visa Wellington On a Plate did not go as planned. With all my careful planning and mapping of the best routes between eateries, I never once expected that I’d be hospitalised for two nights for a smorgasbord of tests and procedures…

September 2nd, 2016
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Bun fight of the century

Chris

If Visa Wellington on a Plate has taught me anything, it’s that burgers are serious business in Wellington. In this city, we don’t want none unless you’ve got buns, hun. Every year, we anxiously await the announcement of the Burger Wellington …

September 1st, 2016
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Keep rollin’ and wobblin’

Chris

There’s less than a week left of Visa Wellington On a Plate, so it’s munch and crunch time. Which burgers and cocktails do you really, really want to fit in before Sunday? Are there any events you’ve been putting off? With so much still to happen, …

August 24th, 2016
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I love cheap thrills

Chris

Getting out and about during Visa Wellington On a Plate doesn’t mean you have to throw cash around like you’re in a hip-hop music video. There are plenty of low-cost options that’ll let you stretch your VWOAP budget a little further. When it comes to …

August 17th, 2016
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Shiny and new

Chris

Visa Wellington On a Plate festival blogger Chris checks out what some recently-opened restaurants are serving in August.

August 15th, 2016
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Pop Life

Chris

Visa Wellington On a Plate festival blogger Chris previews some pop-up events from the 2016 programme.

August 13th, 2016
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The chocolate revolution

Georgia

Visa Wellington On a Plate festival blogger Georgia gets stuck into craft chocolate with Wellington Chocolate Festival.

August 11th, 2016
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Welcome home

Chris

Visa Wellington On a Plate festival blogger Chris learns about the cuisines of Myanmar, Syria, Iran and Egypt thanks to Logan Brown.

August 9th, 2016
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And the Festival Dish Award goes to...

Chris

Visa Wellington On a Plate festival blogger Chris dissects the Dine Wellington finalists with chef Liz Egan.

August 8th, 2016
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Rockin’ the suburbs

Chris

Visa Wellington On a Plate festival blogger Chris checks out the best of the suburban menus from the 2016 programme.

August 4th, 2016
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Beervana: Ode to hip hops

Chris

Visa Wellington On a Plate blogger Chris talks hops, malt and yeast ahead of Beervana 2017.

August 1st, 2016
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I’m on the veg of glory

Chris

Imagine going out for dinner only to find that the only thing you can eat from the menu are hot chips or a side salad. It’s happened to a vegetarian friend of mine, but they just shrugged it off as one of the complications of dining out as a vegetarian. …

July 15th, 2016
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