|Bracu's yellowfin tuna with potato, lemon, & chorizo bolognese|
So we were checking the weather every day but as Saturday grew closer it just didn’t look like the weather gods were going to be on our side. Come Saturday we were; “please just don’t let it rain”. Our prayers were almost answered & besides we weren’t going to let a little rain & wind spoil our. The wind did eventually win forcing the organisers to shut Taste for the afternoon & cancel the evening session altogether. It was a tough call but there were some mighty fierce gusts that were blowing upending tables & chairs & flinging them around so really the only call they could make.
|Harbourside's Scallop; sweet, sour & salty with tamarind & chorizo caramel, avocado, creme fraiche & rice puffs.|
But up to that point we managed to find shelter whenever the rain became more than a little drizzle or the wind a little too gusty. We still tasted a lot of delicious food & sipped on some delightful tipples. The Man O War Dreadnought the perfect red for the blustery day. Even better the closing early meant free tickets for the Sunday session so we were able to return on a sunny Sunday afternoon to taste what we’d missed on Saturday. All’s well that ends well & we left warmed by the sunshine & bellies full of deliciousness.
|The Commons cured kingfish, gin, blood orange, wild fennel & horseradish|
|Beef short rib, butter poached crayfish, wasabi, asparagus & samphire from Cable Bay|
|Bracu's smoked beef cheeks, butternut, roasted yoghurt & pecan.|
And some of my favourites; Culley's Hot Sauces, Jenny's Kitchen Tamarind Chutney from Waiheke, The Damson Collection,
And to finish there had to be dessert. This one was light & delightful. A lemon mousse cheesecake with digestive crumb & the most wonderful burnt orange sorbet!
So the weather did not dampen our Taste experience. It may have left us a little windswept but also full & happy. Bring on next year!