Cafe Chat

The Press - Zest - - Eat - With Ab­bie Napier


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 ther­ 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 world­buskers­fes­ti­

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 car­o­ 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 browser­


Stop in: Ve­su­vio is back, this time in Pa­panui Rd.

South­ern com­fort: Graze restau­rant is promis­ing tasty treats – like th­ese – for din­ers.

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