THIS WEEKEND
The French Festival by Le Chef
After a two-year hiatus, the French Festival, organised by inner-city bistro Le Chef, returns for its fourth edition. Head down to Shed 10 on Queens Wharf this Saturday and Sunday for pastries, crepes, charcuterie, cheese and more from New Zealand-based French producers. There will also be live entertainment and language classes, and you can shop for homewares, clothes and accessories at one of the retail stalls.
Le Chef French Festival runs from 9am–10pm on Saturday June 11 and 9am–4pm on Sunday June 12. It’s $10 for kids aged 10 and above and $18 for adults. Children under 10 enter free.

Ragtag x Candela
Known for his distinctly non-traditional take on tacos, chef Dan Freeman has been cooking all around the country with his Ragtag pop-up. This Sunday, catch him at K’ Road restaurant and wine bar Candela, where he and the team will be serving their signature hand-pressed tortillas made with flour and duck fat. Grab a drink and tuck into tacos filled with crispy calamari with fried chicken seasoning and salsa verde. There will also be a smoked-beef-cheek dish with pumpkin salsa and curry sauce, and ceviche with ponzu, picked ginger and pear.
Sunday June 12 from 12pm-9pm.

Salo Salo takeover at Ozone
Salo Salo is another tasty pop-up specialising in Filipino dining experiences. From tomorrow, for the remaining three weekends in June, the Salo Salo team is setting up in Ozone Coffee Roasters spacious Grey Lynn cafe. They’ll be offering a five-course “kamayan” dinner – kamayan being a festive Filipino way of dining communally, with the meal served on banana leaves and eaten with your hands. The menu will explore some classic Filipino flavours, crafted with local New Zealand ingredients.
Every Saturday and Sunday until June 25. Tickets are $180 for two.

COMING UP
The Realness World x Eat New Zealand Kaihaukai
Feast Matariki is a series of dining events scheduled around the country in the lead up to this year’s Matariki (Māori New Year) on June 24. It is organised by non-profit food collective Eat New Zealand, which is partnering with independent owner-operator directory The Realness World this Monday for a special evening. Head down to CBD Middle Eastern restaurant Ima for the Kaihaukai, a feast based around the exchange and sharing of traditional food and knowledge. Listen to pre-dinner stories from Māori storytelling organisation Arataki, followed by a menu of Ima’s pork shoulder, salads and dips. There will also be additions from several local owner-operated businesses such as Huntress Wines, Little ‘Lato gelato and more.
Monday June 13, 5.30pm. Tickets are $75 per person.

Soft Notes dinner by Karl Bayly
Chef Karl Bayly has been quietly gathering a following on social media for his aesthetically pleasing (and appetite activating) account @cooked_plates. He’s also started doing events, and he’s hosting two back-to-back meals on Sunday 19 June. The two sittings are upstairs in Grey Lynn bakery Florets’ peaceful, brown-toned dining room, where Bayly will be serving three-course set menus with natural wine pairings for $125 per person. As for what’s on offer, he’s keeping that quiet until the day – but judging by his last sell-out event, we’re anticipating good things.
Sittings are at 4.40pm and 7.30pm, and cost $125 per person, including drinks.

BOOK AHEAD
Elemental AKL
Food, arts and culture festival Elemental AKL takes place in July across Auckland city, and there are plenty of culinary events still available to book. There’s the Fried Chicken Festival at Shed 10 on July 30, with several stores serving their signature chook – including Jamaican-, Filipino- and New Orleans-inspired options. Feasts of Legends will see four immersive (and, no doubt, educational for many) food events held at restaurants representing different cultures. This includes the Royal Feast, to be held at Korean restaurant Hansik on July 16, and the Fire Feast at Chinese hotpot restaurant Xiaolongkan on July 23. Further afield, Mahurangi Oysters will be partnering with Matakana Estate, also on July 23, to showcase its famously delicious oysters for an oyster and wine pop-up at the winery.
Elemental AKL runs from July 14–31. Find ticketing information online.

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