What could be more delectable than a capital day out?

Join Food Writers New Zealand friends from across the country in Wellington in August for a full day of nourishment for mind, body and soul.

We’ve got plenty of food for thought on the menu – and lots of incredible things to eat and drink. Don’t miss this chance to spend time with fellow Food Writers NZ members in a conference designed to maximise your opportunities to learn, laugh and connect.

 Saturday August 14 – with an optional extra day on Sunday August 15 for a tour of Wairarapa.

 Le Cordon Bleu, 52 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Tickets: Book via Eventbrite click here and use password: FoodwritersConference21

 $125.00 plus Eventbrite fees
Non-Member: $145.00 plus Eventbrite fees
Non-member price for dinner only: $90 plus Eventbrite fees (dinner at Bellamys by Logan Brown, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

Conference Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus Conference speakers and activities.


9.00am: Rise and shine
Meet us at Le Cordon Bleu, 52 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington, for a light breakfast prepared and served by Le Cordon Bleu students – Sponsored by Summerfruit New Zealand
10.00am: Welcome to Wellington!
Lucy Corry, Food Writers NZ President, and Sarah Meikle, CEO of the Wellington Culinary Events Trust and Festival Director of Visa Wellington On a Plate.
10.15am: The future of New Zealand food
What does the future hold for our food systems in Aotearoa? Some key players discuss where we’re going – and how we’re going to get there.
Facilitator: Tash McGill, Food Writers NZ Vice-President
11.30am: Speed-date a Food Writer
How well do you know your fellow members of Food Writers NZ? Meet new faces and reconnect with old friends in this quick and lively session.
11.45am: Joe McLeod
Wellington chef Joe McLeod is on a mission to revitalise Aotearoa’s traditional Maori cuisine. He shares some of the lessons he’s learned during an international cookery career, many years of foraging and a lifetime of listening to and cooking alongside Ngāi Tūhoe kaumatua and kuia.
1.00pm:  Lunch – the modern Hangi
Indulge in a specially prepared hangi, crafted by Joe McLeod to showcase natural foods prepared in a traditional way with a modern twist – Sponsored by Beef + Lamb New Zealand
2.30pm:  Afternoon Activities
Choose ONE from the following three activities – please note your preference on your ticket order

1/An insider’s guide to craft beer heaven: Join Jo-Anne Carr of Visa Wellington On a Plate on a guided exploration of Beervana, New Zealand’s biggest and most popular beer festival. From outrageous brewery displays to silent discos, colourful beer cocktails to cheeseburger spring rolls, Beervana is all about discovery and collaboration. It’s the best way to discover everything that is wonderful about good beer all in one place.

2/A taste of Wellington: Strap on your walking shoes for a tour of some of inner-city Wellington’s best-loved food producers, including Fix & Fogg, Leeds St Bakery, House of Dumplings, Garage Project’s Wild Workshop and more.

3/Pomp and circumstance: Ever wondered what lies beyond the imposing gates at 1 Rugby St? Join us on this Food Writers NZ tour of Government House, the official residence of New Zealand’s Governor-General. Weather-permitting, we’ll also tour the residence’s 12 hectares of grounds, which include an orchard, an olive grove and a citrus garden.  

4.30pm: Conference closes
Return to your accommodation.
6.30pm: Conference Dinner
Dinner at Bellamys by Logan Brown, Level 3, The Beehive, Parliament Buildings, Molesworth St – Sponsored by Deer Industry New Zealand.

Bellamys – the New Zealand parliamentary eating institution in the Beehive – and Wellington culinary icon Logan Brown restaurant have combined forces to deliver premium New Zealand cuisine. Don’t miss this exclusive dining experience, which will also feature wines from The Crater Rim winery.
Tucked away quietly beneath the Remutaka Ranges and the protective Tararuas, and only an hour or so from Wellington, the Wairarapa region is shaped by rolling hills, ancient riverbeds, fertile soils, cool winters, hot summers and innovative mostly small-scale food producers. The region is also home to some top-flight wineries at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. 
Destination Wairarapa and Food Writers New Zealand invites you to explore Wellington’s playground,  mouthful by mouthful. You’ll meet local producers, purveyors, top chefs and winemakers who help make this region special. 
We’ll start by meeting producers at a special mini-market at a leading local producer’s venue, followed by a private lunch gathering featuring regional favourites designed and presented by a local chef.  
To round out the day, no visit to Martinborough is complete without a wine tasting and some insider perspectives with winemakers. Foley Wines’ new hospitality destination will be home to all of their Martinborough brands – Te Kairanga, Martinborough Vineyard and Lighthouse Gin – and will include a restaurant, private dining, tasting room, underground barrel hall, and distillery. With a culinary crossover with Wharekauhau Country Estate’s Executive Chef, Rob Cullen, the menu will celebrate the produce of the local region.
Located on the edge of the Martinborough Terrace, it will take in the spectacular rolling hills surrounding Martinborough. On our visit we will meet the Winemakers and enjoy a tasting led by them in the new underground barrel hall at Te Kairanga.
PLEASE NOTE: There is a maximum of 20 participants for this day and a cost of $125 per head. Return time Wellington is estimated at 4.30pm (if you’re keen to take part but need to get back earlier, please email admin@foodwriters.org.nz).