NZ's biggest culinary festival: Visa Wellington on a Plate

New Zealand’s biggest culinary festival celebrates the best talent and produce that the wildly famous Wellington region has to offer, all curated into one tasty programme

Visa Wellington On a Plate Hot for Hot Dogs 10


1 – 31 Aug 2020


Various locations

For the whole month of August, the Wellington region is transformed into a foodie’s paradise, with international chef collaborations, pop-ups, culinary events, exclusive Festival Dishes, Cocktails and Burgers to warm up the winter months.

The line-up for Visa Wellington On a Plate 2020 will be announced on 26 May, with tickets going on sale from 8 June. Start planning your ultimate foodie weekend this August.

VWOAP Visa Wellington On a Plate 2019 Hiakai Hangi 47
Margot Henderson Visa Wellington On a Plate 2019
Visa Wellington On a Plate VWOAP2019 Food with Roots 01 Credit Jeff McEwen

Chef Collaboration Series by Singapore Airlines

The Chef Collaboration Series presented by Singapore Airlines offers an exciting line up of international and New Zealand-based chefs at the top of their game, teaming up with some of Wellington's best eateries and chefs. These exclusive culinary moments are not available anywhere else. Some highlights from the 2019 line up included:

  • Nancy Silverton, one of America's most influential chefs, teamed up with Hannahs Laneway restaurant Shepherd for a three-night collaboration.
  • London-based chef and ex-Wellingtonian Margot Henderson who teamed up with local eatery Loretta for a special lunch collaboration.
  • Award-winning Seattle chef Edouardo Jordan who teamed up with Rex Morgan of Wellington's Boulcott Street Bistro for a meal celebrating the cultural heritage of each chef.
  • Top Chef and MasterChef Asia guest judge May Chow teamed up with local eatery Mr Go's for a multi-course menu of Hong Kong-inspired food.
  • A special Hiakai Hāngī by Monique Fiso joined by acclaimed chefs from around the world including Nyesha Arrington, Ash Heeger (who starred alongside Fiso on the Netflix series The Final Table) and Analiese Gregory.

Our favourite month of the year is fast approaching. And no, we’re not talking about December. Who needs Christmas Day for feasting when you can indulge for four weeks? ... this gastronomic festival will provide you with 31 days of indulgence.

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2019 Visa Wellington On a Plate winners

During August, thousands of Burger Wellingtons, Festival Dishes and Cocktail Wellingtons were devoured, savoured, sipped and then rated in an early anticipated competition to find the overall winner of each category. Here's who won in 2019.

Best Dine Wellington Festival Dish

Newcomer Grace Patisserie with "The Egg", coming Whittaker’s white chocolate coconut mousse with Zany Zeus lemon creme fraiche, hazelnut dacquoise and kataifi.

Best Garage Project presents Burger Wellington

Martinborough's Cafe Medici with "Prawn Underbelly" which was matched with Garage Project Hapi Daze - Pacific Pale Ale.

Best Cocktail Wellington

Wellington institution Pravda with "Schmoke and a Pancake" - a mānuka-smoked maple and walnut Old Fashioned cocktail accompanied by 'Old Zealand' Dutch pancakes served with maple syrup and candied walnuts.

VWOAP 2019 winning cocktail pravda cafe
VWOAP 2019 winning burger cafe medici
VWOAP 2019 winning dish grace patisserie

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