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Wellington ready to serve cricket fans

12 Feb 2015

Wellington’s bars and restaurants are gearing up for a good innings as cricket fans from around the world descend on the city.

Long Lunch
Sarah Meikle and David Perks

While much of the action is happening on the wicket, the capital’s culinary creatives are celebrating all things cricket through food and drink. A series of cricket themed food and cocktail events will be rolled out during the tournament at the city’s restaurants and bars and along the waterfront.

The Cricket Long Lunches offer cricket-loving punters a game-day feast fit for the whole team. A number of restaurants are serving up cricket inspired set-menu lunches ahead of each Wellington match. The line-up includes star players such as Grill Meets Beer, Trade Kitchen and St John’s Bar & Restaurant.

For those needing a drinks break or post-match tipple, Wellington’s ditching the traditional tea break in favour of a cricket-inspired cocktail as part of the Cricket Cocktails series. Cricket fans can settle in at Coco at the Roxy for ‘A day at the Basin’, which takes inspiration from Wellington’s hallowed ground. Other creations include ‘The Yorker’ at Mishmosh or Logan Brown’s ‘The Jacque Kallis’.

For those on the run, the Wellington Cricket Food Truck Trailer Park on the waterfront will offer quick eats on the way to Wellington Regional Stadium. There’s a different line-up subbing in and out for each match with everything from great coffee, to Nasi Goreng and Belgian waffles. They’ll be in action from 11.00am through to 3.00pm, for any last minute stragglers.

Wellington Culinary Events Trust Chief Executive Sarah Meikle says Wellington’s restaurants and bars are getting into the cricketing swing of things.

“With Wellington holding the crown as the country’s culinary capital and the Basin Reserve the home of New Zealand cricket, it’s only natural that Wellington’s hospitality industry would want to celebrate in style.”

“Tens of thousands of cricket fans will be visiting Wellington over the next few weeks, so it’s fantastic to see so much happening off the pitch for visitors.” 

It’s not just cricket!

Whether heading to the games or wanting to soak up the atmosphere, the Wellington waterfront is the place to grab a bite to eat or check out some live entertainment.

Cricket kicks off on the 17th of February, when Wellington welcomes the English team to the coolest little capital with a public welcome on the Waterfront and at Te Wharewaka o Poneke.

Frank Kitts Park is home to a series of concerts next week. On Wednesday, February 18, The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra and the Sea Shanty Society will be playing from 6.00pm till 8.00pm, and the following night Lawrence Arabia and Trinity Roots are playing a Waterfront Double Header from 8.00pm till 10.00pm.

Wellington City Council is transforming Civic Square into a fan hub, with the ‘Village Green’ set up as a family-friendly environment where fans of all ages can turn their hands to some cricketing fun. You can even settle in for some cricket inspired films under Wellington’s night sky with the Cadbury Films by Starlight series.

“There will be plenty of action both on the pitch and around the city. Cricket fans and foodies will be very well-catered for in the Capital during ICC Cricket World Cup 2015,” said Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.

Every other nook and cranny along the Waterfront, and within the city, will evoke a festive vibe with themed lighting, fireworks and match day fan trails taking place.

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