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Our quarterly Field Trips are a chance for chefs and producers to connect.  Discover the abundance of produce grown and produced in our region, see firsthand what goes into getting it to the restaurant door while enjoying a fun day out with your contempories in the industry.

Spaces for our Field Trips are limited and limited to two people per business.  Priority is always given to Waikato Food Inc and Waikato Foodie members, so if you haven’t already it’s time to join!

A big thanks to Bidvest Fresh and Sky City Hamilton for making these Field Trips happen.


Our next trip is on Tuesday 9th May .  This will be our annual foraging field trip lead by Charles Royal and aimed at inspiring chefs entering our Matariki Dish Challenge.  In addition to getting you out in the bush we are putting you to work too with a Mystery box cook off.  While the chefs cook us lunch foodies and FOH staff will venture into town to discover some local secrets.

If you missed last years trip, see below for a taste of what you missed out on.  Went last year?  Don’t worry this trip will be different expanding on what we learnt last year.  Click below to book, spaces VERY limited.

8am – meet at Sky City
9am – Foraging at Bridal Veil Falls under the expert guidance of Charles Royal
11am – Mystery Box cook off for chef while our foodies head into Raglan town to discover some local treats
1pm – Lunch (the spoils of your days work)
2pm – Head back to Hamilton

Transport is supplied. We are aiming to have you back by 3pm.
Spaces are limited so please book now if you want to be part of this great day out.

You need to book before 4th May

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2016 Matariki Dish Challenge Foraging Field Trip


Charles Royal is an award winning chef who is passionate about cooking with indigenous herbs, spices and flavours. Charles led the foraging trip sharing his extensive knowledge about all manner of different ingredients and how they can be used.

This informative and inspirational day was perfect for those planning on entering the Tino Reka te Kai Matariki Dish Challenge.

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