Food Tour Partners
The following businesses feature on our food tours. Please click on the links below for more information on where to taste and order their products:
Akaroa Salmon's hot-smoked salmon won a Cusine Magazine 2011 Artisan Award for its elegant and clean flavours. Duncan Bates, whose father, Tom, started the farm in Lucas Bay, Akaroa Harbour in the mid-1980s, says that flavour is typical of sea-based salmon and a reflection of their focus on quality not quantity. Akaroa uses a low-energy diet of fishmeal, which is more like the salmon's diet in the wild. Stocking densities are also kept low.
Jeremy MacCormack uses local Karikaas butter, grains from Ashburton and Milk from Retro Organics in his bread; putting passion into every loaf. Bellbird is a small artisan bakery producing top quality French pastries, such as croissants and danishes, and organic naturally leavened bread.
C1 Espresso is an iconic Christchurch café located in the central city. It reopened in the old High Street Post Office after the original premises, established in 1996, were destroyed in the Canterbury earthquakes. Behind many of C1 Espresso's products, from their teas, to OK! Nectars, to their sliders (delivered to your table through pneumatic tubes), there’s a much bigger story.
Canterbury Cheesemongers is a cheese maturing and selling business located at the Arts Centre in central Christchurch. Martin & Sarah mature cheese to perfection and then release their "babies" to the market. They also bake breads and pastries and stock a range of grocery items that go well with cheese. At lunchtime, they make hot and cold cheese sandwiches to takeaway.
Established in 2003, the Christchurch Farmers' Market runs every Saturday from 9am until 1pm all year round. Set in the stunning grounds of Riccarton House and Bush, the farmers' market has the best of Canterbury's produce on offer, Hummingbird coffee and live music. The market is widely acclaimed for both the quality and diversity of its fresh farm products, and artisan and prepared foods. The actual stallholders are the producers themselves – people who grow, rear or bake the food that they sell.
Situated on Lyttelton's main drag, Civil & Naval is London Street's biggest little tapas bar. Serving distinct interpretations on classic tapas and larger sharing plates, the chef's emphasize simple, well executed and affordable European dishes. Also known for local craft beers and personalised cocktails- Louis was New Zealand's bar-tender of the year in 2015..
Cracroft Chase vineyard is in a picturesque cul-de-sac valley nestled at the foot of the Christchurch Port Hills. Between 1998 and 1999, five hectares were planted exclusively with Pinot Gris, on grafted rootstock. Sheltered on three sides by hills clad in forestry, and fully opened to the Nor'West, the valley enjoys a special micro climate. Summer plucking and harvesting are done by hand, and the grapes are processed in the onsite winery, with artisan attention to detail.
Ground Gourmet Essentials produces a range of hand-ground spice blends and condiments. Exotic spices are ground in a traditional mortar and pestle to make authentic blends from the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific. Find them at the Lyttelton Farmers' Market every Saturday along with fresh hummus, salads, pestos and sandwiches - and occasionally local fresh goat meat from Otaranui Farm!
HomeTrees Olive Oil
HomeTrees of West Melton is a boutique olive grove owned by Warren and Liz Thompson. Their Tuscan olive varieties of Frantoio, Leccino and Pendalino were planted approximately ten years ago. Although not wholly organic, Warren and Liz do not use chemical fertilisers or toxic spray on their trees. The olives are left on the trees until perfectly sun-ripened before they are hand-picked by family and friends. While most extra virgin olive oil is left to settle for 30 to 90 days before bottling, HomeTrees oil goes from press to bottle in a matter of hours giving it a wonderfully pungent, peppery flavour and a luminous green colour.
Kākano café and cookery school was founded in 2015 by Jade Temepara, who having worked in the community for over 12 years, saw firsthand where support around health and food could benefit. Kākano café offers traditional kai, using fresh and foraged local organic and nutrient dense food. Their kai is sustainable and as ethically grown, fed and produced as possible.
Buying milk at the gate might seem like a thing of days gone by, but local residents in the Charteris Bay area are lucky enough to have the novelty still in their neighbourhood. Laura’s Dairy sells raw milk from organically farmed cows and has retained a keen following for both the unique taste and ethos behind the business.
Local. restaurant is headed up by Sam Marchant. As the owner of the Christchurch Farmers' Market, Sam has a passion for local produce and to support those people that produce locally. His menu at Local. is seasonally changing and is a very garden-to-plate philosophy. The five planter boxes outside his kitchen window provide a wonderful selection of ever-changing vegetable ingredients as well as fresh herbs.
Lyttel Artisans makes hummus and pestos in small batches with no additives, preservatives or fillers. They use organic herbs where possible and combine unusual flavours that have become highly popular. Our favourites include their Lime, Chilli & Coriander Hummus and the Mexican Pesto with fresh epazote. Find them at the Lyttelton Farmers' Market and selected shops in Christchurch.
This farmers' market runs every Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm on Lyttelton's main street, London Street. There’s always a sense of community spirit and passion in the air for trading locally and direct to the public. Stallholders offer fresh fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, bread, meat, fish, cheese, juices, herbs and plants every week. The market has been running since the beginning of September 2005 and the vendors are all local, either from Lyttelton or the surrounding bays, as the focus of the market is solely on community.
Lyttelton Coffee Company
L.C.C. is a mainstay of the Lyttelton food scene. Both a roastery wholesaling to other cafes in NZ and a firm favourite meeting place in Lyttelton, L.C.C. is known for its ethical practices. Steve Mateer, the owner is passionate, not only about his blends of beans but also the milk it is made with in the cafe, the herbs he forages for the smoothies, the music playing in the cafe, the composting practices they use, even down to refusing to have plastic milk bottles in-store. Oh, and did we mention the coffee is consistently the best around.
Mariano's Spanish Goods (Tui's favourite stop)
Mariano’s Spanish Goods is a small, family business providing its clients with a taste of authentic Spanish food created from traditional recipes. All goods are based on natural raw materials of the highest quality and their recipes follow genuine Spanish traditions that have been passed down for generations. They make fresh Chorizo, Butifarra and Malagueńa sausages perfect for BBQs or grills, traditional cured meats like Fuet and Chorizo, and they import a variety of Spanish Paprika and Saffron.
Moko Eel owners, Robert and Bev, are ardent supporters of sustainable fishing and hold eel in high regard as they see it as a unique kiwi cuisine. Historically it has sustained Maori, as it was plentiful in all lakes and rivers of New Zealand. The eel is naturally smoked and incredibly healthy.
Jozefa runs approximately 150 Boer goats for meat and her two milking Sanaans, Nikki and Alice. The goat's milk is turned into feta, yoghurt and haloumi on a regular basis, and the meat from the Boers sells out quickly - especially the goat sausage flavoured with Ground's berbere.
Preserved is a family-run cooking school and deli passionate about reviving and promoting the heritage arts of salting, fermenting, curing, preserving and pickling food. Preserved Deli sells a range of beautiful artisan bacon and sausages, using 100% free-range New Zealand raised pork. Their products are available to the public from their stall at the Christchurch Farmers Market.
Roots was named Cusine Magazine's NZ Restaurant of the Year in 2015. Chef Guilio crafts seasonal degustation menus from high quality ingredients, which are sourced from local and biodynamic farms, small producers and their own extensive garden. Being surrounded by nutritious and fresh produce all year around, foraging is an integral part of their restaurant culture.
She Universe Café & Chocolaterie offers a warm relaxed atmosphere with stunning views of the Lyttelton harbour. Oonagh is the Queen of Chocolate at She Universe. She is a co founder of the business and master chocolatier. Her love of chocolate will enthuse you and ignite your passion for chocolate.
Shirley's Kitchen makes a range of hand-made gourmet products, including her famous fig and walnut log. Shirley uses only the best quality ingredients to make top-quality creations. There are no artificial preservatives or additives in any of her products. As well as sales through delicatessens and to the hospitality trade, Shirley's Kitchen products are used by all major airlines flying through New Zealand.
Vic's Bakehouse is a small artisan bread bakery. They are committed to baking high quality bread using traditional bread-making techniques, such as fermenting the dough naturally with minimal yeast and hand-shaping all bread.