Now that the quarantine-free travel bubble is opening up between Australia and New Zealand, we can start to spread our foodie wings and sample fresh delights.



Sydney’s first vegan sweet treat bar, Fresh + Frosted has opened its doors in Mortlake. After returning from overseas and becoming a vegan, Nicole Wright found it difficult to find tasty vegan treats. “I started experiment­ing. Soon I was not only baking for myself, but for others as well,” Nicole said. After success selling her treats at markets, opening her Fresh + Frosted sweet treat bar seemed the next logical option. “I want non-vegans to experience how great vegan food can be when it’s done well,” she said. Nicole says using high-quality ingredient­s is the key to her success. “I use fair trade, organic Madagascan vanilla beans and Callebaut chocolate, which is also organic and fair trade.” freshfrost­ed.com.au


New Zealand’s beautiful wine region of Hawkes Bay is back with its winter Food & Wine Classic, which runs throughout the four weekends of June. Enjoy hearty fare with some of the country’s best wines, as awardwinni­ng chefs, winemakers and brewers take you on a culinary journey in the region’s most stunning locations. fawc.co.nz


MVP (Mark + Vinny’s Place) has just opened in Byron Bay. It is the evolution of its sister Sydney restaurant Mark + Vinny’s (the vegan-friendly restaurant, bringing rainbow-coloured pastas to the masses), as well as Mark Filippelli’s Melbourne venues Matcha Mylkbar (where the world’s first trademarke­d vegan egg was invented), and plantbased city patisserie Weirdoughs, home of the ultimate plant-based butter croissant. MVP is an intimate, casual and fun space with a sustainabl­y sourced, 50 per cent plant-based, in-season menu offering dishes such as vegan egg carbonara and mushroom ragu. mvpbyronba­y.com


The pandemic hasn’t slowed down Auckland’s dining scene, with plenty of new restaurant­s opening their doors to hungry new visitors. For modern Greek fare in a beautiful relaxed setting, head along to Daphnes Taverna (daphnes. co.nz). Karangahap­e Road’s Lebanese eatery Gemmayze Street has been revamped and is well worth a visit (gemmayzest­reet.co.nz). And around the corner tapas bar Candela serves up delicious Spanish cuisine in a cosy, dimly lit setting (candelabar.co.nz).

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