It’s a bit before my time, but long-time Christchurch foodies will remember Vesuvio – that bar/restaurant/teppan yaki joint/ jazz venue in Oxford Tce (not The Strip). Well, get ready to welcome it back. Vesuvio has taken over
the very recently opened The Wine Bar. Not so long ago, Zest was announcing the new Monday Room venture, which has now been on-sold to Matt Lingens of Vesuvio of old. So, the new joint is tucked in the Papanui Rd courtyard near Keo Thai and is Zest and Cafe Chat are taking a holiday break until the next issue on January 21. In the meantime, here are a few things to keep you busy and a few things to go to before you once again face going back to work.
Sumner Summer Market, every Sunday. Check out the stalls and food vendors on the Sumner Village Green from 10am to 2pm this Sunday and every one this summer. Free event.
The Summer Festival Motukarara Trots, December 29 from 9am. BYO drinks. Plenty of entertainment for kids and live music. See theraces.co.nz for more info and barbecue details.
World Buskers Festival, January 15-25. This is always a great event and with plenty of food and drinks to boot. Get out in the sun with family and friends and don’t forget to patronise your local food trucks. Event info and full list of food vendors at worldbuskersfestival.com.
Book your tickets for the Great Kiwi Beer Festival (March 28), the Nostalgia Festival (March 7).
The annual Caroline Bay Carnival starts Boxing Day and promises family fun, food and a hotly contested talent quest. See carolinebay.org.nz. going to be a tapas and jazz bar. The Vesuvio comeback is all about recreating Christchurch’s urban culture and will be offering wines from around the world, food from a clay oven char grill and some top jazz. Vesuvio is open 4pm to 1am, Monday to Saturday, so be quick and get down there. As Lingens says, ‘‘It has been a part of Christchurch for many years and now it is back’’.
For many, the Sefton Christmas Harvest Market is becoming part of the family holiday tradition. It has grown a lot since it began and is now a real treat for those willing to leave city limits on Christmas Eve. Cam and Melissa Booker will be your hosts at 818 Marshmans Rd, Sefton. They offer the prime of local produce. The best part has to be picking your own peas and digging your own potatoes for Christmas dinner. You can’t get much fresher than that. Along with the produce is a whole market of stalls, including eggs, salmon, beer, wine, meat, preserves and Christmas treats. This event is extremely family friendly and well worth checking out if you haven’t before. It costs a gold coin entry for charity. Visit between 9am and 1pm today only.
If you’re holidaying this festive season and are looking for the hottest new spot, check out Queenstown’s new venue, Graze. This restaurant is part of the Lake Hayes Estate and includes a grocery, boutique bar and a micro-brewery. Owners Hamish and Jana MacPherson are old hospo hands and passionate about their new venture. Check it out at 1 Onslow Rd.
Remember Browser’s cafe in Riccarton Rd? It’s gone now, but there is a new book out with some of the cafe’s most memorable recipes. You can grab a copy for $35. Check it out at Misceo Cafe and Bar today between 3.30pm and 6pm. Or send an order to email@example.com.
Stop in: Vesuvio is back, this time in Papanui Rd.
Southern comfort: Graze restaurant is promising tasty treats – like these – for diners.