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Win tickets to see Coromandel Food Collective at the Auckland Food Show

09 November 2020

We're offering food lovers the chance to win two double passes to the 2020 Auckland Food Show, where some of our local artisan businesses will be showcasing their products on our Coromandel Food Collective stand.

The five exhibitors representing the Coromandel Food Collective this year are Blue Fridge Brewery, Mercury Bay Winery, The Cheese Barn at Matatoki, Uncle Dunkle’s Chilli Sauces, and Omahu Valley Citrus.

“This is part of our economic development activity to support and promote local businesses, as well as marketing out district as a food destination,” says Laurna White our Council’s Communications and Economic Development Group Manager.

The Auckland Food Show runs from 19-22 November. Check out the show website here. 

Mercury Bay Winery

Mercury Bay Estate is owned by Simon and Veronica Ward and was formed from the vineyard established by Alex Morcom in 1996 (named Shakespeare Cliff Vineyard which later spawned Cooks Beach Vineyard). Their remarkable wines have been delicately crafted to resonate the vibrant beauty of the Coromandel's Mercury Bay. Their harvest is hand picked to make sure the grapes reach the winery in the best possible condition with the highest possible quality.

Uncle Dunkle’s

Uncle Dunkle’s uses locally-sourced ingredients to make its wood-fired chilli sauces, slow-cooked and smoked in a wood-fired oven with NZ tea tree wood. Flavours include chilli, chilli BBQ, and extra hot chilli sauce. Visit the shop at 20 Black Jack Road, Kuaotunu.

Blue Fridge Brewery

Blue Fridge Brewery stays true to its roots by minimising its environmental footprint as they craft their beers: they use quality local ingredients, sell locally, reduce waste by giving their spent grain to animals on their lifestyle farm, and clean their equipment and brewery with eco-friendly products.​

Their  well-balanced, ultra-drinkable beers cater to different tastes, but they’re all made with heart. Blue Fridge Brewery is located by the beach in Kuaotunu.

The Cheese Barn at Matatoki 

The Cheese Barn, owned and operated by Kelvin and Cathy Haigh has been a local family business for over twenty years. Kelvin is the principle cheese-maker and Cathy manages the cheese side of the business.

They are makers of BioGro certified organic cheeses, yoghurts and more products that are unhomogenised, gluten free, have no GMO, no artificial additives, no antibiotics or growth hormones and no chemical sprays. They make a range of cow milk cheeses including: Traditional Dutch Gouda, Feta, Camembert, Brie, Halloumi, Blue, Mozzarella, Natural Liquid Yoghurt, Lactose Free Yoghurt, Kefir Yoghurt, Buttermilk, Greek Yoghurt, Quark, Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream ​and Ghee.

Omahu Valley Citrus

Omahu Valley Citrus is a family business run on a small farm where they produce high quality, artisan citrus preserves and fragrances, claiming both national and international awards.

There are no artificial ingredients and the preserves are made from fruit grown in the farm's orchards. These are hand-crafted in small batches in the commercial kitchen on the property and the recipes are unique to the business.

How to enter:

To enter our competition, simply subscribe to our E-Newsletter, follow us on Facebook and Instagram and tell us where your favourite place to eat on the Coromandel is, and why. You can email your answer to The winner will be announced Friday 13 November. 

The Auckland Food Show runs from 19-22 November and is the premier event for food lovers. It is loaded with the latest trends in food and innovative ingredients, so expect to uncover new inspirations while sampling delicious food.

Tickets are also on sale and can be booked online at For more information on the five exhibitors our Council is supporting this year click here.