Our 2017 Challenge has come to an end and it’s time to celebrate

Waikato Food Inc’s unique challenge which dares chefs to create a dish inspired by Matariki and local Waikato ingredients is over for another year and we’re inviting you along to help us celebrate.

Join us on the 6th of August for a spectacular Gala Dinner and be among the first to congratulate our winners.

Tickets $80pp for Waikato Food Inc members and Waikato Foodies – Click here to book.

Or $95pp for non members – click here to book.

See you there!!



Matariki is a small but distinctive star cluster whose appearance in the north eastern pre-dawn sky in late May, early June marks the start of a new phase of life.

In ancient times, Matariki arrived at the end of the harvest and was therefore a time of plenty and for celebration.

Matariki can be translated in two ways – Mata Riki (tiny eyes) and Mata Ariki (eyes of God). Either way the eyes are thought to watch over the land and it’s people.