Time to feast!
This month a new movement celebrating food and drink and the land, sky and sea it comes from, bringing together traditions old and new, discovering our heritage and finding the way forward, begins in New Zealand. Although the movement is centred here, its reach is global, with internationally based chefs visiting our shores, and our chefs taking the concept to other countries.
At its heart Feast Matariki aims to bring people together – family, friends, neighbours and visitors to our land – to enjoy what this country has to offer, to share cultures, and to better understand what makes us unique. Watch the film clip here https://vimeo.com/339303732
There are over 100 events happening in New Zealand during the months of June and July see www.feastmatariki.nz but you can make your own Matariki celebration no matter where you live. It’s easy! Get a group of friends together, add in your family, invite your neighbours, or extend an invitation to visitors, and cook together, eat and drink together and be thankful for what the land, sea and sky has provided. Feast Matariki – read about it here
Angela Clifford, CEO for Eat New Zealand says “As an organisation it is important to us that our original food culture and story is better known by all kiwis. Our aspiration is to use this important platform as a way to carry discussion about what makes New Zealand unique in the world of food. We imagine it will evolve over the years and the vision is that it becomes our way to give thanks for this amazing country and all it can provide.”
Feast Matariki is the chance to honour our global heritage, to hero our native ingredients and to showcase and acknowledge the truest sense of our manaakitanga or hospitality. So find your table, pull up a seat and draw close to help celebrate New Zealand’s first national food celebration – Feast Matariki.
If you live out of New Zealand but want to include New Zealand products, search out New Zealand lamb, our green-lipped mussels and clams, honey, kiwifruit, apples, avocados and more, and of course our renowned wines, artisan beers and gins. You could make a pretty decent feast with that lot. Or, celebrate the products that grow close to where you live, whether that is seafood, grains, vegetables, game, meats or birds. A visit to your local farmers’ market is a great place to start for inspiration.