Three Picks from Visa Wellington On a Plate

2 October 2020

Beth Brash is the Programme Manager for Visa Wellington On a Plate, which is on now until the end of October. She gives us three picks from New Zealand's largest foodie festival.

Common Ground

Every year we have a theme as inspiration for events, festival dishes, burgers and cocktails.

Even before New Zealand went into lockdown, we had settled on the Festival theme, Common Ground. Since then the meaning behind the theme has taken on more poignancy, and made us all appreciate the importance of connecting and togetherness, and that food and dining is often a major conduit for that. A perfect example is the free event Souptastic run by local hero charity Kaibosh. On October 21st they'll set up in Midland pack with a huge cauldrons of soup, lovingly prepared by top Wellington chef Jacob Brown of the Larder.

It's free and any koha will go straight to Kaibosh. BYO cup and good vibes.

Midland Park
21 October
Midday (Free Entry)

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Wellington Food Story - Presented by Te Papa.

There's been a growing conversation around the New Zealand food story over the last few years, but we wanted to zoom in even closer and hear from experts on Wellington's food story. This was inspired after a conversation with Liz Mellish around the importance of food for the tangata whenua of Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Liz will kick off the weekly Wednesday lunch talks, then the following week we'll hear from Wellington Historian Redmer Yska who will take a deep dive into the coffee culture of the capital during the 1800s.

Wellington Food Story
Te Papa
7, 14, 21, 28 October

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Pop Ups

Pop-ups are a great way to experience the fun and unique aspects of the festival without fighting it out for tickets the first few minutes they go on sale! Pop ups have always been a chance for restaurants to have fun and try something completely different (think two hat restaurants transforming into a burger chain). This year is no different. Field & Green will transform into 262 Bricklane with an ode to London's vibrant and multicultural street, where chef Laura Greenfield's great grandfather had a Jewish bakery in the 50's.

Find Jewish classics well as traditional local and migrant food that still occupies this famous street.

262 Bricklane
Field & Green
1 - 31 October

To find out what's happening this October, and for Festival Event tickets, go to