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7 Upcoming And Unmissable Food And Drink Festivals In Auckland

By Megan Zara Walsh

Auckland Food festivals

Calling all foodies, this is your heaven.

From gourmet New Zealand cuisine to bucket loads of fried chicken to great wine and entertainment, Auckland really does go all out when it comes to food and drink festivals. And, if you’re a dedicated foodie like myself, there’ll be plenty of events on our list for you to enjoy. Here are seven of the greatest upcoming food festivals in Auckland that you must not miss this year.

1. Auckland Night Markets

From now until August 1, you can delight in delicious international food stalls as part of the Elemental Festival in Aotea Square. Think scrumptious Spanish churros, Japanese street food, sweet French crepes, filled dumplings, authentic Chinese cuisine, and plenty more. Indeed, it is one of the best food festivals offering an authentic global tasting experience and an opportunity to discover new cuisine.

πŸ“ Aotea Square, Auckland, New Zealand

2. Street Eats

Street Food Auckland
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On July 30 and 31, you must visit this winter foodie event at the Elemental AKL 2021. Send your tastebuds into overdrive by gorging on some of the world’s greatest street food prepared by Auckland chefs. Expect to see pop-up kitchens, craft beers, natural wines, coffees, the list is endless. Musical performances will compliment your visit while you eat your heart out down at Shed 10. Tickets are $25 and you can purchase them via the Iticket website.

πŸ“Β Shed 10, 89 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

3. The Snugs At Elemental AKL

This private dining opportunity by Auckland Live cannot be missed this winter. Opt to bring up to eight people or dine alone with a date or lover in these cosy winter igloos. In an intimate space, grab blankets, sit by the heater and in comfortable warm seating while you dive into a selection of tasty platters and beverages from The Container in the Square CafΓ© nearby. There are some walk ins available but it is best to purchase tickets via the Auckland Live website.

πŸ“ Aotea Square, Auckland, New Zealand

4. Auckland Fried Chicken Festival

Read all about this unmissable event below happening on August 21.

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5. Culley’s Smoke & Spice Festival

On September 3 and 4, go on a BBQ adventure at this exciting foodie event. Whatever you desire, whether you are a meat-lover or a vegan, and whether your cooking preferences is slow-cooked or smoked, you can have it all right here. The experience will be combined with masterclasses from renowned BBQ chefs, plenty of street food, boutique Whiskey and craft Beer, entertainment and live music, and lots more.

πŸ“Β Shed 10, 89 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

6. The Boutique Wine Festival 2021

On September 4 and 5, take part in this experiential wine tasting of boutique wines that are often not yet on the market. Delight in exclusive red and white wines paired with cheese platters, live entertainment and food truck service, just to name a few. If you purchase a VIP ticket, you will be treated to a VIP masterclass while each attendee can avail of some unique bottles. Certainly, this is the drink event wine lovers cannot miss this year.

πŸ“ Generator, 12 Madden Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

7. The Chocolate And Coffee Show 2021

Coffee Chocolate Auckland
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From September 11 to September 12, chocoholics and caffeine addicts can celebrate their love of coffee and chocolate. Send your tastebuds to paradise as you indulge on artisan goodies from over 60 producers who cater the greatest New Zealand chocolate, coffee roasters and scrumptious treats. Producer attendees include Hogarth Chocolate and Phillippe’s Chocolate, just to name a few. Likewise, you can watch in awe at the Chocolate & Coffee Show Lounge masterclass. Undoubtedly, one of the most unmissable food festivals this year.

πŸ“ The Cloud, 89 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

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