Horowhenua Taste Trail is Back

Published: Mon 13 Nov 2017 09:06 AM
Horowhenua Taste Trail is Back
The second annual Horowhenua Taste Trail will take place on Saturday November 25.
The event, held for the first time last November showcasing Horowhenua specialist food producers and a farm tour, was such a success a trust is being set up to ensure this is an annual event in the Horowhenua.
Antony Young, Horowhenua Taste Trail Chairman, says “Horowhenua grows and produces excellent food. We want to showcase the variety of quality food producers in the Horowhenua to our local community and the rest of New Zealand.
“We are delighted to have this event back again and will be ensuring it is a must do event in the Horowhenua”.
Once per year when producers open their doors, the Taste Trail provides a unique opportunity to get behind the scenes, and sample delicious fresh produce, directly from the source.
A voluntary committee has been established and are working away in the back ground to make sure the event is even more enjoyable than last.
Catherine Lewis, Event Committee representative, says “We can’t confirm all of the stops on the trail yet, but I can tell you the trail will feature some of last years favourite stops plus a couple of new ones to try out along the way!”
Ms Lewis says each stop is working to improve the offering to ensure the event is even more tastier. “It will definitely be an adventure not to be missed.
“Horowhenua offers some of the best produce in the country and we want to share it - and show it off! Make sure you save the date and tell your friends that the Taste Trail is back!"
The event welcomes people of all ages, and is family friendly. Tickets will be on sale late September. Anyone wishing to join in the Trail can find out more information at our website or on our Facebook Page @horowhenuatastetrail
Event information:
-Purchase your tickets at
-Date: 25 November 2017
-Time: 10am-4pm
-Experience: A self drive adventure through Horowhenua specialist food producers. Go at your own pace and choose how many places you stop at along the way. Food and merchandise will be available for sale at each stop.
Event Series
Horowhenua Taste Trail
Saturday 25th November, 10am – 4pm
Join us for what will be an adventure through Horowhenua's specialist food producers! From farm tours to tastings...there will be a new experience for you up every road or track on the Trail! The Horowhenua Taste Trail is in it's second year and we have some delightful surprises in store for you
Early Bird Tickets - Buy your tickets online before the 24th November to save!
• 12 Years and Under – FREE
• Over 12 Year Olds - $10
Buy on the Day - On the day tickets can be purchased at any of the sites.
• 12 Years and Under - $5
• Over 12 Year Olds - $15
The Horowhenua Food Story
Friday 24th November, 6pm – 9pm
Get your glad rags on and celebrate the Horowhenua Food Story. An evening celebration where you will hear the stories of the Horowhenua producers early days starting out, to where they have come to now.
Tickets: $50.00 - Glass of bubbles on arrival. Canapes featuring the produce of our local producers, whipped up by acclaimed foodie Ruth Pretty.
Tendertips Asparagus Champagne Breakfast by Little White Rabbit
Saturday 25th November, 9am – 10am
Kick start your Taste Trail experience in style with a special breakfast at the Tendertips Asparagus Packhouse. The Little White Rabbit pop-up café will be serving Tendertips Juicy Jumbos with Levin free range poached eggs, hollandaise, toasted sourdough and prosciutto.
Tickets: $35.00 Breakfast and a glass of bubbles (or coffee, tea or juice).
Uma’s Vegetarian Cooking Class with Woodhaven Gardens – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 22nd November, 6pm – 9pm
Learn how to make authentic Indian dishes with Uma. On the menu is vegetarian dishes featuring the freshest produce from Woodhaven Gardens. After watching a demonstration and learning how to make the dish you will enjoy the meal as a group.
Tickets: $55.00 includes all ingredients to cook with, and dinner you created to enjoy.
Horowhenua Dish
Four local cafes and restaurants are taking part in the inaugural Horowhenua Dish Promotion. Little White Rabbit, Salt and Pepper Café, Whispers Café, and Quarter Acre Café all have a special dish on their menu which features one of our Horowhenua Taste Trail Producers and we have to say the menu is delicious!
Horowhenua Dish Menu 2017
Little White Rabbit - Foxton sourced flounder (from X-treme fishing Foxton Beach) + warm Mediterranean salad + showcased with Tendertips new season Asparagus. Black quinoa + toasted seeds + cauliflower + broccoli tabouli + poached egg + Tendertips juicy jumbo asparagus. Genoese Pesto fettuccine + parmigiano reggiano + spinach
Whispers Venedict – our take on an Eggs Benedict vegan style . Tendertips Asparagus served on a Genoese Sundried Tomato Pesto Savoury Muffin, drizzled with Vegan Hollandaise. Gluten free option available using Thoroughbread Vegan Gluten Free bread.
Salt and Pepper Café - Panko and Parmesan Crusted Caesar Salad Panko, and parmesan crusted Turks chicken tenderloins, with crisp Woodhaven Gardens Coz lettuce, Woody’s Free Range streaky bacon bits, crunchy Kapiti artisan bakery ciabatta croutons, tossed in a Genoese basil pesto caesar dressing, topped with a free range poached egg, and shaved parmesan.
Quarter Acre Café - On the menu from Friday 3rd November - Horowhenua Vegatable Terrine with pesto purée , featuring seasonal veggies from Woodhaven Gardens, Tendertips Asparagus and Genoese Pesto.
Dishes are on the menu from 1st of November to 24th November. If you think this is too good to be true there is more. Head into one of the establishments, take a photo of your food and share it on social media with #HorowhenuaDish and you will be in to win $250 worth of vouchers! You can enter as many times as you like so make sure you try each dish!
Some Interesting Stuff
• New Producers/ Sites- This year we have a range of new sites and producers:
oThoroughbread Foods, a gluten free bread maker based in Levin has joined the Trail producers,
oTurks will be opening up their processing site at Foxton.
oWoody’s Free Range Farm will be in town at his new butchery facility
oGraeme Bagrie’s farm is on board at Waiterere Beach.
• We are expanding- last year it was a one day event. This year we have a series of events people can take part in. See above for the Taster Event Info.
• Eight of the nine produces involved are family owned and operated business. All of our producers are run by passionate producers dedicated to providing excellent food for our community.
• The event is run by volunteers. We have a board which is made up of the producers and an independent chairperson. Then a committee which is made up of 3 members who organise the logistics.
• For the first time we have a Horowhenua Cook Off.
o The 2017 Woodhaven Gardens Taste Trail Cook Off will comprise of 2 events.
The day will kick off with the Secondary School “Omelette Challenge”. Competitors for the challenge will be pre-determined by previous heats held at Waiopehu College. The winner receives a Chefs Association prize, plus a $200 cash prize from Woodhaven Gardens.
The main event be the Community Cook Off, where five avid cooks will get to show off their cooking skills. Competitors will have sixty (60) minutes to prepare and present two (2) identical main portions featuring a protein, vegetables, and a suitable sauce. Their dish must feature three Taste Trail products, of which one must be a Woodhaven Gardens product. The winner receives a Chefs Association prize, plus a $500 cash prize from Woodhaven Gardens.
• This year also for the first time we are running a college cooking competition. On Tuesday 22nd November & Wednesday 23rd November students from the Lower North Island will have 1 hour to cook and serve a dish featuring our producers. This is open to Years 7-9 or Years 10-13. Waiopheu College are partnering with us to make this competition happen!
Our supporters
Horowhenua Taste Trail Couldn’t happen without the generous support from:
• Rabobank
• Rabo Direct
• MG Marketing
• Horowhenua District Council
• Countdown
• Horizons Regional Council
• Oji Fire Solutions
• Electra
• Federated Farmers
• Fonterra
• HMC Levin
• Horticulture NZ
• Foxton Fizz
• CS Law
• Fluker Denton
Find out more
Facebook page: @horowhenuatastetrail

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