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Friday, August 1, 2008

The Auckland Food Show
ASB Showgrounds
217 Greenlane West, West Epsom, Auckland

I was really excited when I found out that my stay here coincides with the annual Auckland Food Show. Since everyone else I know had school today, I went by myself. The admission fee was NZD$20 which seemed a little expensive but it was totally worth the experience and of course, the good food!

The show started at 10am and I thought I would be one of the earlier ones since I arrived before 11am. Boy, I was wrong! The exhibition halls were already packed with people and the buzz of excitement was in the air.

The Food Show is actually a platform for exhibitors to launch any new products and also promote their existing products. We, as consumers, get to sample everything and provide feedbacks. Here are some of my favourite exhibitors:

I discovered that I've got a thing for pesto, dips and chutneys. They are so convenient and tasty!

The New Zealand Natural gave away very generous samples! One whole scoop of any flavors. I think I went back 3 times to try different flavors.

Kohu Road has really awesome ice cream which is very rich and decadent. It's organic ice cream at the highest level.

The yoghurts were delicious! I like the passionfruit flavoured yoghurt which has a tangy taste.

There were also many wine exhibitors. I only tried a couple of them since I don't really appreciate wines.

I think this has to be my favourite booth. I kept going back to eat the falafels which just taste amazingly good.

Chocolates! There were many booths exhibiting chocolates but I think the ones from Marakana Village tasted the best.

The Boston Mudcake was so rich yet not very sweet. Perfect!

We could even sample fresh seafood like blue shelled abalone.

I also went to watch the cooking demostration by Gabriel Gates. I was really lucky to catch this famous French chef in action and to sample the scallops and john dory fish dishes he cooked. They were very simple but full of flavours.

Within an hour, I was already so full! All the samples were really generous. There were just too much gourmet food to eat. This is truly a foodie's heaven. To make my money well worth, I stayed here for almost 6 hours, doing nothing but eating all day long!


5:09 PM



In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!


Ate Too Much
Gastronomic Ruminations
She Bakes & She Cooks
Singapore Daily Makan Photo
Small Potatpes Make the Steak Look Bigger
The Orthorexic Foodie
The Skinny Epicurean
Timeless Facade
Food Glorious Food