Food and Wine Discovery Tours for Foodies
Welcome to Finding Flavour, Auckland's specialist foodie
Praise from Nici Wickes, presenter of "World Kitchen "
tv series and restaurant reviewer for Viva, NZ Herald, who
joined our World in A Day: Eastern Suburbs Tour, 21 August,
"I loved the tour from start to
finish! Lynn introduced us to places and products I never knew
existed in my own city. It was fabulous to meet the people behind
the businesses and to sample delicious food all day. A perfect day
in my books!"
Come and join us on a food exploration tour in Auckland,
Wellington and beyond. There are other foodies to meet,
delicious cuisines to discover and markets to shop on a Finding
Flavour tour. We take you to meet the people passionate
about their cuisine, and to markets and specialty food outlets
which will enable you to recreate authentic dishes at home.
Get a behind the scenes look at some of the Auckland
region's unique food and wine suppliers. We will enjoy
some delicious food tastings and of course, time for
shopping! Pick up useful cooking tips and ideas to take
home. You will be taken on a tour of discovery by experienced
guides who are also foodies.
The places that we take you are the places that we want to share
with you. We are totally independent and pay for all our
tastings. The only thing that we ask of the businesses is to
give you a warm welcome!
Savour delicious cuisines at our special themed lunches or cooking
We have a foodie world to discover!
Programme, February-July, 2013
Ongoing any Tuesday-Saturday by arrangement:
Mt Eden Village Foodie Walking Tour and optional lunch
Newmarket "World in a Day" Foodies Walking Tour and optional
New! Miramar (Wellington) Foodies Walking
in a Day: South Auckland Foodie Discovery Tour
Watch for a Harvest Cooking Class on Preserves, Jams and
Pickles - TBA
Mt Eden Village Foodies Walking Tour
Better than ever!
Food Tour, Cooking Class and Lunch hosted by Sarah La
Special Newmarket Foodies Walking Tour
Revised! Wellington Foodie Highlights
New! Avondale Market Shop and Asian Cooking
Class with food writer Connie Clarkson
Lunch and Coffee Ceremony
World in a Day: Eastern Suburbs Foodies Discovery Tour
New! Hawke's Bay Weekend hosted by Grant Allen, NZ Herald
on Sunday food writer and caterer,
and Finding Flavour's Lynn Huhtala Participate in
the HAWC events (Hawkes Bay Food and Wine Classic)
World in a Day: North Shore Foodie Discovery Tour
Remember! Our Mt Eden and Newmarket Walking
Tours in Auckland and our new Miramar Foodies Walking Tour are
available Tuesday-Saturday by prior arrangement.
NEW! NEWMARKET "WORLD IN A DAY" FOODIES WALKING
Praise from Judy Bagley, participant on recent Newmarket
"I absolutely loved the walking tour of Newmarket
yesterday. I enjoyed the small group as it made
for easy walking on the footpaths The tour was certainly full
of surprises and to think we didn't venture onto the main street of
Newmarket but found all these wonderful shops on the
outskirts. Yes unpacking my bag of goodies felt a bit like
Christmas. (This tour) is one of the best
Newmarket has evolved into a fantastic foodie shopping
destination. On this easy flat walk we take you along the
mainstreets and sidestreets to discover Russian, Asian, European,
Japanese, Scandinavian, French and even Kiwi foodie delights.
Meet the passionate people who run the businesses, hear their
stories, learn about their food products and how to use them, enjoy
lots of tastings and of course, time for shopping! We
conclude the tour with an optional shared Chinese yum cha
Tour only cost $75pp plus optional yum cha lunch extra $20pp.
AVailable for 2 people or more any Tuesday-Saturday by prior
arrangement. BOOK NOW!
Here are some photos from our recent tours. Read more about
our Newmarket tours and see the photo album on the Finding
Recent Event: Delicious Indulgences Hands-On Gelato Making
and Croissant Rolling, Saturday, 1 September, 2012 - A Finding
This exclusive opportunity to get behind the
scenes at Auckland's most popular gelato maker and at a busy French
bakery sold out quickly!
Gianpaolo and Annarosa Grazioli welcomed us to Giapo Gelato where
we learned (some) secrets of gelato making and of their
delicious products. Hint: use the best quality
ingredients and make everything from scratch! We are amazed
at how effeciently they use the small production space. Our
keen group of foodies soon got into the action and made a delicious
batch of Zabaglione ice cream.
Still wearing our Finding Flavour aprons we headed over to Paneton
Bakery where the Colombie family gave us a warm welcome and
hairnets! After a brief demonstration by Dominique, it was
our turn to roll the croissant dough and gently brush with egg
wash. All that "hard work" was worth it - the freshly baked
pastries were divine!
Separating the many eggs
Ciao! Group at Giapo Gelato
Rolling croissants with Dominique
Don't we look lovely? Croissants "before" and "after"
See all the photos on Finding Flavour
Facebook. You can experience this exclusive
hands-on experience for your own group - just contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Miramar and Petone Foodie Walking Tours as part of Wellington
on a Plate, August, 2012
"A Great Time was had by All"
What a great time we had hosting our Petone Foodie Walking Tours
and new Miramar Food Stars Walking Tours in August during
Wellington on a Plate. We love meeting the people
involved - both those running the businesses and those
participating on the tours. Magic happens when fellow foodies
get together! Our tours were sold out, so we
know that people are keen to learn about our foodie
discoveries and share in a very special tour experience.
Special thanks to colleague Donna
McCormack of Feast
and Vine for hosting the Miramar tour on 25 August, and to
colleague Tuovi Peach for helping
the tours to run smoothly.
Donna and I are already talking about some fab new events
for WOAP next year, so watch this space! In the meantime,
join us on one of our upcoming events, or get a group together for
a special tour or experience just for you! Contact email@example.com
Here are just a few images from the tours...see them all on
Facebook and Feast and Vine Facebook.
Morning coffee at Coco, Roxy Roberto at Merkato
Tastings at Marpet Merchants Lunch at La Boca
John and Leigh, Davis Trading with goody bags
Lorraine demos gadgets, House of Knives
Antonio with tour participant Sam at La Bella Italia
Food Mastermind Stephen at On Trays
See all the fun in our photo album on the Finding
Facebook page and the Feast and Vine Facebook page.
Recent Tour: World in a Day: South Auckland Foodies Discovery
Tour, 28 July, 2012
We managed to score one of Auckland's few sunny days this winter
for our explorations in South Auckland. The Otara Market was
bustling as usual and overflowing with fresh produce. Brilliant
orange clementines, snowy white cauliflowers and green broccoli
and lots of fresh Asian greens. We found a stand with
bins of baby vegetables (so expensive in specialty shops) and
our local guide, Melissa, pointed out the seasonal Blue Hawaiian
Say "orange"! Our group at Otara Market
After morning coffee we ventured into the heart of suburban
Manurewa to visit our favourite artisan Hungarian sausage and
smallgoods maker. It was a quiet morning due to the Olympics,
so Istvan had time to spend with us to explain all about the
We love visiting a friendly specialist supplier of Middle Eastern
and International food products. Our tour coincided with
Ramadan but they opened just for us and conveyed their usual
Our international tastings
We enjoyed lunch at our favourite Vietnamese restaurant in Otahuhu
- you will have to believe us that it was good - we dived into the
food and forgot to take a photo!
A short stroll after lunch took us to a well-stocked Indian
supermarket and then to Auckland's leading maker of Indian snacks
and sweets. Another occasion was being marked here - the
brother-sister gift-giving celebration. The store was packed
with shoppers and our tasting plate included still-warm carrot
halvah. Just divine!
After all that food our wine tasting at Villa Maria was a relaxing
way to conclude the tour. Several people opted to enjoy the
garden view with a cup of tea or coffee.
A mark of a successful tour is the amount of shopping we manage to
do on the day, and this group of keen foodies did us proud!
Lots of shopping bags of goodies in the minibus on the way
I was flattered to receive this feedback from one of our
"Just a quick thanks for the great tour on Saturday - loved it - I
felt like I had gone to India and a few Pacific Islands but hadn't
needed to pack or go through customs! Enjoying my purchases and
will do for a few weeks to come!"
Watch for a possible repeat South Auckland tour in October or
November...remember this tour makes a great year-end or Christmas
outing so book your Saturday now!
Recent Tour: World in a Day: North Shore Foodies Discovery
Tour, 26 May, 2012
We were long overdue for a return visit to the North Shore and
we were slightly anxious that our group included four locals!
However, we managed to surprise and delight them with our foodie
finds. It was also our honour to have our Venequelan friend
and chef, Grace Ramirez, along for the day.
We had two special treats included in the
tour: morning coffee and short cooking demo at the home of my
charming Italian colleague, Raffaela Delmonte; and afternoon tea
with a tasting platter of baked delights served by Kim Evans
herself at Little and Friday. What a great day!
We started with a visit to a bustling artisan German bakery -
complete with trays of freshly baked goodies to taste.
We love visiting Raffaela for her "kiss on both cheeks" welcome -
and for her special Italian biscuits with our morning espresso.
We visited the friendly South African family who run Fred's Fine
Foods. Fred himself was there to meet us and offer us
tastings of their homemade biltong, boerwoerst and sweets.
One of our surprises on the tour is to "take" our guests to the
Middle East - via a wonderful Halal butcher and exotic food import
Lunch was on a Korean theme - we shared several delicious dishes,
along with the many side dishes, including kimchi of course!
We followed lunch with a visit to a Korean supermarket, to pick up
some of their specialties.
Grace does the honours stirring the bibimbab
Our world culinary journey concluded with a visit to a French
deli and a luscious Kiwi afternoon tea with tasting platters.
Somehow we managed to eat almost everything!
Kim Evans serves us with one of our gorgeous tasting plates for
What a perfect way to spend a Saturday - a day of delicious
tastings, shopping and great foodie company! Join us next
Recent Tour: Hawke's Bay Foodies Weekend, 21-22 April,
What a deliciously fun weekend our group of foodies had together
in Hawke's Bay! The weather lived up to the Bay's sunny
reputation and the art deco team, food businesses and restaurants
could not have been more hospitable. We tried to give our
group a special experience with some behind-the-scenes insights and
lots of good food. I think we succeeded! Here are just
some of the photos from the weekend:
We just had to start our weekend with an art deco experience and we
did it in style! Thanks to Tony, our guide "par
Tony with the
Our gorgeous morning tea
Then it was off to learn about an apple growing, packing and export
business from "grow to go". Taylorcorp is a family-owned and
run business that has operated in Hawke's Bay for many
decades. Director Kelvin Taylor took us on an "all access"
Kelvin Taylor talks
on the conveyor belt to be
Boxed and ready for export
We were impressed with the sophisticated technology used in all
stages of the business - almost every apple could be tracked from
tree to box!
Time for lunch and we were looking forward to our visit to Elephant
Hill, where an episode of NZ Masterchef had been filmed.
Elephant statue in front of the
The afternoon was all about delicious desserts...
Trish Gibson came in especially to show us her immaculate
production facility for her "Country Culinaire" desserts and
premium ice cream. She gave us very generous tastings and who
were we to say no? They were just too delicious!
Trish serving us pavlova
Trish's story is inspiring and we wish her well in her new export
Then it was off to another famous Hawke's Bay dessert/treat
business: Rush Munro's Ice Cream! Retail and events
Manager Liz Read came in to the historic ice cream gardens
(on her daughter's birthday) to tell us the Rush Munro story
and tempt us with ice cream tasting plates. We happily
Liz Read tempts us with ice cream tasting plates
We managed to fit in a quick visit to the excellent Arataki Honey
Centre before returning to our motel in Havelock North to freshen
up before dinner. Yes, some of us did manage to fit in
another meal - we did not want to miss out on Terroir Restaurant at
Terroir Restaurant has a warm and rustic ambience enhanced by the
warm professionalism of the staff. The fire was crackling in
the huge fireplace and we had a nearby table. Chef Leyton came out
to say hello and sent us superb tasting treats throughout the
evening. The menu has a French influence and features fresh produce
from their own gardens.
Fabulous food at Terroir Restaurant, Craggy Range
Our run of good weather continued into Sunday and our explorations
of the Hastings Farmers' Market. This market has been running
for 10 years and is one of the best in New Zealand. Almost
all of the specialist food makers and suppliers in the region have
a stall, which makes the browsing very interesting and
tempting! After a short time for orientation, we were joined
by Ian Thomas who gave us background on the market and
took us to meet several of the stall holders.
Autumn colours and abundance at the Hastings Farmers' Market
Origin Earth milk
Village Press olive oil
A real highlight of the weekend was the degustation lunch prepared
for us by Kent Baddeley at his 1024 Pakowhai Road restaurant.
He uses fresh local products and works closely with his local
suppliers. Our 3-course lunch turned into a 4-course meal
courtesy of Kent and we relaxed in the sunny courtyard as we
enjoyed the beautiful food (served to us by Ian, our market
Two amazing but very different starters: fig with pancetta
carpaccio of alpaca
Chef Kent Baddeley and colleague Ian Thomas
Iconic Te Mata Vineyards
View from the top of Te Mata Peak
Special thanks to our inaugural tour participants Launa, Marie and
Martin who were a "dream team" of foodies. And of course, a
special thanks to the many friendly people of Hawke's Bay who made
the weekend such a special experience.
Have we tempted you to join us for another fantastic weekend in
Hawke's Bay? Springtime is a perfect time to visit, so let me
know if you would like to come along for a very special weekend of
Hawke's Bay hospitality. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Special Look at a Private "Milestone" Birthday Tour, 25
We love having the opportunity to create special tours or
experiences to mark personal celebrations, for partner programmes
or corporate groups. I had such fun organising a variation on
our South Auckland Foodie Tour with Sarah Andrews to
celebrate a milestone birthday.
Our minibus was full as we took Sarah and 11 of her family and
friends on a magical mystery foodie tour for the day, complete with
surprises! Our momento of the day for the guests was an
Indian sari from an emporium in Otahuhu. The women had such
fun putting them on, with help from the friendly shop
assistants. They even wore them back to Sarah's home where
they enjoyed a well-deserved wine tasting and dinner.
Sarah has kindly allowed us to show you a couple of photos of
her special day:
Otara Market is a "must
wishes Sarah a Happy Birthday
Sheron gives sweets for a
Thank you to Sarah who put so much thought and effort into her
day. Thank you also to the businesses who made our birthday
girl - and the group - feel so special.
Sarah has this to say about her tour with Finding
"Lynn is a superb organiser and great fun to spend the
day with - we visited never heard of places and tasted different
foods and bought new and interesting food items to use at
Thank you so much for facilitating such a wonderful day
for us all on Saturday - EVERYONE enjoyed themselves
If you would like to organise a special tour or experience for a
celebration or if you are looking for something different for a
conference activity, we can help! Take a look at our
Special Groups and Conventions page or email email@example.com
and I will be happy to email you our Programmes for
Special Groups, Conventions and Incentives. Or just give Lynn
a call at (021) 550-510 to discuss your upcoming event.
Recent Tour: Mt Eden Village Foodies Walking Tour, Saturday,
18 February, 2012
What luck that our first tour for the new year was Auckland's
perfect summer day! This special Saturday tour of Mt Eden
Village attracted four keen local foodies. Here are a few
photos of our day...
We set out from Fraser's Cafe to explore the Village.
Adrienne, the owner of our favourite deli, was able to take time to
tell us about her business (site of one of Auckland's original
delis) and her favourite products.
We are truly fortunate in Mt Eden Village to boast two artisan
bakeries and one boutique cake shop. At the first bakery we
indulged in their light-as-air mille fueilles:
After a reviving tea tasting, we visited the longest-running
business in the Village, K C Loo:
We couldn't resist showing you the new purple cauliflower!
We also tasted the new "baby" kiwifruit, minus the fuzz.
Perfect for snacks at home or at work.
Around the corner to the Village's newest business where owner Olaf
told us about the baking processes - no shortcuts here!
Then we learned about all the breads - with tastings!
We stopped in at the butchers (the site of a butchery for many
years) and then followed our noses to this gorgeous cake
shop. We were treated to a cupcake decorating demo and were
given a beautifully wrapped sample to take home:
City Cake Co. co-owner Maureen with our group
We love the treat of lunch at Molten Restaurant. Michael and
Belinda Van de Elzen have moved on, but the quality remains.
New on the lunch menu is this Chicken Caesar Salad. The
calamari and the gnocchi with fresh artichokes were also
Tour participant Marsha Fellett had this to say about
"Thanks so much for the delightful Mt Eden foodie
tour. I personally can't wait to go back and try more of the
items at the places we visited. You chose a lovely selection
of stores and highlighted the personality of each through the talks
and well as the taster biven by the owners."
Thank you to the specialist food businesses of Mt Eden Village for
hosting our foodies to a lovely day. Your passion for quality
products and personal service is outstanding!
Thank you to the foodies for joining us on this tour - we know you
will love shopping in the Village as much as we do!
You can enjoy this Mt Eden Village Foodies Walking Tour
any day from Tuesday-Saturday with prior arrangement. We only
require a minimum of two people to run the tour!