The Visa WOAP team - Festival highlights 2021

The Visa Welly On a Plate team

A lot has happened during this festival seasons…. a speaker food series, chefs collab, Festival dishes to send your tastebuds, burgers to wrap your laughing gear around (over and over), cocktails to sup, events, pop-ups, masterclasses and more! Oh yeah, that too: a lockdown and a couple of home cook challenges! Here are the Visa Wellington On a Plate and Beervana team’s Festival highlights!

October 4, 2021
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Six Cocktail Wellys to work up an appetite

The Welly On a Plate team

We picked six Cocktail Wellington presented by Tommy’s cocktails based on favourite eats, classic dishes and flavour combos - if this doesn’t work up an appetite for cocktails, we don’t know what.

September 24, 2021
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Burger Wellington in the Wellington CBD

The Welly On a Plate team

There’s nine more days of Garage Project presents Burger Wellington to go! You were able to take a breather during lockdown, but now we’re on the home stretch ! Wellington central was a little quiet in the immediate aftermath of lockdown, but activity is picking up! Even if you’re working from home at Level 2, we encourage you to zip into the CBD and support inner city eateries by trying some out-of-this-world Festival burgers. No matter what your burger likes and loves are, there is literally something for everyone. Love novelty burgers? Done. Love a good, old fashioned classic cheeseburger? We got you. Prefer to eat plant-based? Puh-lease - there’s plenty!

September 23, 2021
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Cocktail Wellington - Tommy’s Picks feat. Alexia Stoddart

Tommy's agent - Alexia Stoddart

We chatted with Tommy’s real estate agent, Alexia Stoddart, about her picks and recommendations for Cocktail Wellington. She’s no stranger to this part of Visa Wellington On a Plate, saying she’s been known to make a day of it with friends, having planned a Burger and Cocktail Welly tour throughout the city in previous festival years.

September 16, 2021
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​State Highway 2 Burger Wellington Roadie

The Welly On a Plate team

Upper Hutt and Wairarapa Road trips are all the rage since international travel is out of the question (for now). And there’s nothing that inspires a roadie more than culinary destinations... So take a page out of the Visa Wellington On a Plate team’s …

September 15, 2021
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Garage Project presents Burger Wellington is back on!

The Garage Project team

We asked five Garage Project team members to help get you started with their recommendations. They scouted the 250+ Burger Wellington burgers available across the Wellington region, chose the burg that best caught their eye (and taste buds), then we sent them along to try their chosen Burger Wellington as we hovered in the background, capturing their culinary stream of consciousness as they devoured them - all in the name of research and recommendation.

September 9, 2021
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Kāpiti Coast’s Visa WOAP 2021 food basket

The Welly On a Plate team

Take a slight jaunt up SH1, and you’ll find the veritable food basket that is the Kāpti Coast, a region that is teaming with local producers who provide kaimoana, beer, cheese, fine meats, spirits and more! We take a look at what Kāpti Coast has in store for Visa Wellington On a Plate this year...

August 11, 2021
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Stay and Eat Curious at one of these venues

The Welly On a Plate team

Need a home base this August? We might have exactly what you need. Our accommodation partners offer special deals for keen festival-goers who need to be in the centre of the action and a safe and comfortable space to rest.

August 4, 2021
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Dine Wellington literally dishes up Welly On a Plate!

The Welly On a Plate Team

Visa Wellington On a Plate has taken Dine Wellington in a whole new direction in 2021! We thought, "What if restaurants were literally presenting Wellington on a plate for the festival?" But how to do that….?

August 2, 2021
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It All Felt Too Hard - Food meets felt

The Welly On a Plate team

With nine new pieces, especially created for the exhibition, as well as nine existing pieces, this is the first time I Make Soft Food is showing her felt food within New Zealand. We chatted to @imakesoftfood about the fuzzy world of felty food, and what you can expect to find at It All Felt Too Hard.

July 23, 2021
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The Super Bumper Culinary Weekend

The Welly On a Plate team

Five reasons why you should attend Wellington’s first ever Super Bumper Culinary Weekend.

July 15, 2021
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Hippopotamus – Pour Your Art Out High Tea

The Welly On a Plate team

It’s not unusual that a hotel and restaurant, famous for its incredibly extensive art collection is putting on an art-themed Visa Wellington On a Plate event, Pour Your Art Out. We chatted to QT Wellington and Hippopotamus’ Executive Chef, Jiwon Do, about what to expect when an exquisite high tea meets the world of art, models, sketch pads and striking a pose.

July 14, 2021
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Visa Wellington On a Plate’s gone Out of Place - Lulu Bar and Taste the Pacific

The Welly On a Plate team

We chatted to Lulu Bar’s Head Chef, Margaret Gabriel, about what Lulu’s festival event has in store (oyster shucking, learning to make island cocktails, all-you-can eat FANCY boil ups!), and what inspires her when she is dishing up some of the very best Māori and Pasifika flavours and dishes that can be found in the Capital.

July 9, 2021
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Our Visa Welly On a Plate team picks!

The Welly On a Plate team

Whilst we all work as a team to coordinate the festival, it is rather challenging for us to all agree when it comes to one thing: Kai! Whether it is Festival Events, Pop Ups, Dine dishes, burgies or cocktails, elements from the festival programme are always at the epicentre of some agitated conversations in the office...

June 10, 2021
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10 Insider Tips for Visa Welly On a Plate 2021

The Welly On a Plate team

Before you start planning your culinary adventures this coming August; we want to make sure you’re ready to have the best Festival experience! Here are 10 insider tips you should know ahead of this year’s festival!

June 1, 2021
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A Common Ground Christmas

In a diverse, multicultural country like New Zealand, there’s a variety of ways we’re seeing Christmas celebrated. So we chatted to four Wellington restaurateurs and chefs, who originally hail from other parts of the globe, and asked them how they spend Christmas in a way that unites both their heritage with their Kiwi roots.

December 18, 2020
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The Visa WOAP team - Festival highlights 2020

The WOAP Team

A lot has happened during Visa Wellington On a Plate 2020…. a speaker food series, chefs collab, dishes to send your tastebuds into the stratosphere, burgers to wrap your laughing gear around (over and over), cocktails to sup, events, pop-ups, masterclasses and more! Here are the Visa Wellington On a Plate and Beervana team’s Festival highlights!

December 1, 2020
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People's Choice Awards 2020

The WOAP Team

Every year, the Visa Wellington On a Plate team is blown away by the culinary creativity and talent shown by the Wellington hospitality industry. From casual eats, pop ups to fine dining, Wellingtonians and visitors from far and wide are spoilt for choice.

November 5, 2020
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People of the Festival - Click Suite

This week, we chat to the Click Suite team, who are tasked with the very big job of putting together a fresh Visa Wellington On a Plate website every single year, so you can check out every single event, dish, burger and cocktail, filter which ones you want to find, as well as creating the geotagged maps so you can see what Visa Welly On a Plate options are nearest to you. As the kid on a famous Kiwi ad says, “She’s a pretty big job”. And that’s why we want to give thanks for the Click Suite team!

October 22, 2020
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A long weekend & far-flung Burger Welly burgs

Labour Weekend is finally here, and, frankly, there was never a more deserved long weekend than this one.  We all need to put our feet up - but don’t put your knife and fork down because Garage Project presents Burger Wellington is running all weekend …

October 22, 2020
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People of the Festival - Gilmours

Every single year, the team at Visa Wellington On a Plate is able to pull together New Zealand’s largest culinary festival, thanks to some key relationships - people behind the scenes - that contribute to the overall Festival experience. But “key …

October 21, 2020
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Chin-chin - Cocktail Welly is for everyone!

Cocktail Wellington takes place over the whole Festival month (1-31 October), meaning you have plenty of time to catch up with your crew over cocktails you weren’t forced to cobble together yourself in your own kitchen!

October 15, 2020
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How these three Burger Wellys stack up in Election Year

They’re two of the most anticipated events of the year, and Kiwis are out in droves, ready to have their say about both: the New Zealand General Election (17 October) and Garage Project presents Burger Wellington (12-31 October).

October 13, 2020
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What do I get for lunch today? Dine Welly’s got ya!

It’s the age old question…. What do I get for lunch today? (Well, it always is at the Visa Wellington On a Plate office.) Dine Wellington (1-11 October) has you covered for this eternal conundrum - grab some work cronies and head out for Festival dishes that are available for lunch.

October 7, 2020
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Do Dine Wellington and support local!

Dine Wellington is kicking off the Visa Wellington On a Plate 2020 Festival season in less than a week! This celebration of Wellington’s Festival dishes and desserts takes place from 1-11 October, and is a wonderful way of getting out and about, and trying plates from all those places you always said you’d to go to, but have never got around to. Or perhaps you're returning to one of your tried and true favourites!

September 25, 2020
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VisaWOAP Festival events for the whole whānau

Visa Wellington On a Plate isn’t solely for the big kids. We’re all about family fun for everyone™️! And what with the school holidays looming (26 Sept-11 Oct), you may be on the lookout for something to keep the little darlings entertained. …

September 10, 2020
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Visa Welly On a Plate experiences for Father’s Day (a.k.a. Dad Blog)

Visa Wellington On a Plate has more than 100 events taking place this October, and there’s something for all kinds of dads out there (bonus: go together and make a day of it! Kind of like how when you were a kid and used to buy your dad something that you actually wanted, lol).

September 2, 2020
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Common Ground - Visa WOAP’s 2020 Festival theme & events

With more than 100 Festival events taking place over the month of October, and Visa pre-sale tickets available from midday on Monday, 31 August, here are some events that reflect some of the values of this year’s Festival theme, Common Ground.

August 28, 2020
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Visa Wellington On a Plate 2020 is GO!!!

Take a seat and get ready to Eat, Drink and Be Welly this October! Because we’ve just flicked the culinary switch, and the Visa Wellington On a Plate 2020 festival programme is (finally) LIVE!

August 24, 2020
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Wellington’s Greatest Hits to take you from brekky to dessert

JoAnne

In uncertain times such as these it’s always great to connect with familiarity for a bit of comfort. So we’ve asked Wellington eateries to present us with their Greatest Hits - the iconic dishes that have stuck around over the years and keep diners coming back for more.

July 7, 2020
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Culinary Change in the Capital - Bambuchisan

JoAnne

In this blog series we catch up three Wellington restaurants about what they did to adapt in Levels 2 and 3, whether customers are supporting local, as well as what they’re looking forward to when Visa Wellington On a Plate takes over the capital …

June 11, 2020
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Culinary Change in the Capital - Viva Mexico Left Bank

JoAnne

Today we catch up with Viva Mexico about how they coped through levels and lockdowns and what they’re looking forward to this year.

June 9, 2020
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Culinary Change in the Capital - LBQ

JoAnne

The effects of Covid-19 have gone beyond ditching hugs and handshakes, the dutiful 20-second hand washing countdowns and carrying personal supplies of disinfectant.  The global pandemic has made a huge Covid-shaped dent to a plethora of industries. …

June 4, 2020
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Be kind. Help each other.

Andy

With a nationwide lockdown imminent, it's natural to think of the safety and security of yourself, family and friends. While it’s only natural for us to be thinking of ourselves, we encourage you to think of others who might not find themselves in such a …

March 24, 2020
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Chinese Lunar New Year - What to eat in the Year of the Rat (not rat)

JoAnne

恭禧發財! ​Gong Hey Fat Choy, Wellington! ​This Chinese Lunar New Year takes place on 25 January, and in 2020 we are heralding the Year of the Rat. Here's what to eat to lock in your health, wealth and prosperity...

January 23, 2020
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Lower Hutt’s Cool As Drinks Challenge

JoAnne

Lower Hutt hosts the Cool As, Summer Refresher Challenge​ - a cold drink challenge, where local eateries create cool as bevvies - from shakes, juices, slushies and fizzies - to keep locals and visitors refreshed and quenched.

January 22, 2020
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Lashings brings summer to Welly with loaded ice creams

JoAnne

If it doesn’t feel quite like summer in Wellington just yet - hold tight. Lashings on Eva Street has just flicked the summer switch in time for Wellington Anniversary Weekend with its loaded ice cream cones and sundaes!     With the arrival …

January 17, 2020
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Round two: Christmas Leftovers with Welly Chefs

JoAnne

Four busy Wellington chefs took time out of their hectic Christmas season to chat about their plans Christmas leftovers, how to reduce food waste, and what they’ll be doing over the holidays, when they finally get a chance to pop their feet up after a very busy 2019.

December 12, 2019
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Wellington cleans up at Cuisine Good Food Awards

JoAnne Carr

There’s no other way to put it, so we’ll just say it outright with a not-so-subtle lack of humility and big side helping of civic pride - Wellington cleaned up at the Cuisine Good Food Awards​.

November 28, 2019
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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 15, 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 25, 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 4, 2019
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2019 Visa WOAP Finalists

JoAnne

Here are your 2019 Visa WOAP Festival Award Finalists!

September 2, 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 30, 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 22, 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 15, 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 8, 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 5, 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 31, 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 30, 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 24, 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 22, 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 12, 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 10, 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 9, 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 5, 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 3, 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 29, 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 28, 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 27, 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 14, 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 30, 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 29, 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 8, 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 21, 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 13, 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 9, 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 14, 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 19, 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 27, 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 27, 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 23, 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 20, 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 17, 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 13, 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 2, 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 30, 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 26, 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 26, 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 20, 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 17, 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 13, 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 12, 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 12, 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 6, 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 4, 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 2, 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 29, 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 13, 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 8, 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 5, 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 5, 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 5, 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 31, 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 26, 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 5, 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 31, 2017
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The finalists revealed…

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

August 25, 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 23, 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 21, 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 18, 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 14, 2017
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Wine not?

Chris

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

August 10, 2017
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Mmmpop

Chris

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

August 4, 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 2, 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 31, 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 30, 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 27, 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 24, 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 21, 2017
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International eats

Chris

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

July 19, 2017
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Beyond the CBD

Georgia

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

July 14, 2017
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Raise a Glass

Georgia

Georgia proposes a toast to some bevvy-focused events.

July 11, 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 11, 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 5, 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 3, 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 22, 2017
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Second helpings

Chris

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

June 19, 2017
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Chef Collab Series

Chris & Georgia

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

June 16, 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 15, 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 13, 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 6, 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 6, 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 6, 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 1, 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 25, 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 31, 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 27, 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 27, 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 2, 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 1, 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 24, 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 17, 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 15, 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 13, 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 11, 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 9, 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 8, 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 4, 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 1, 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 15, 2016
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