Coco’s Cantina’s new Friday lunch menu begins this week. Photo / Supplied

Fun Things To Do This Weekend 01/11/18

An unbeatable line-up of arts, music, sale and food events to kick off November

Taste of Auckland 
The ultimate food, drink and entertainment festival has begun with Taste of Auckland descending in all things delicious on Auckland's Waterfront across four days. 
When: November 1-4   Where: Auckland's Queens Wharf   Tickets: Tasteofauckland.co.nz

New Friday Lunch at Coco's Cantina
Do Italian’s lunch better? Find out with Coco’s Cantina’s new Friday lunch menu which begins this week. In traditional worker-style, punters will pay up front, grab a tray and select from three dishes — think pasta, salads, antipasti and dessert. The $35 fixed price comes with a glass of house wine. The day's menu will be posted on social media on Friday morning. 
When: From November 1, every Friday   Where: 376 Karangahape Rd, Newton

Bobbi Brown Custom Lip Service at Farmers
Complimentary calligraphy on your choice of a new Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour is one stylish way to signal ownership of your favourite shade. Luxe Lip has extended its range, adding Velvet Matte and Liquid High Shine formulas, each in nine shades to sit alongside the larger selection of classic Lux Lip Matte Lipstick. Select one as a chic gift for yourself or a friend. The inscription service can initial, date or add a brief message to the gold cannister and will be available with purchase on the day.
When: Thursday November 1, 3pm-7pm at Farmers St Lukes, and Saturday November 3, 1pm-5pm. at Farmers Albany 

La Zeppa's Summer Carnival will bring the party this weekend. Photo / Supplied

La Zeppa Summer Carnival 
La Zeppa's annual Summer Carnival is set to bring its annual rooftop party. The all-day festival features street-style food, live music and Gordon's pink gin cocktails. Tuck into fried chicken, curly fries and Brooklyn style gourmet hotdogs. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy Kookie Haus cookies, Bondie Designer Cupcakes and Torro Churros. Tunes will be provided by Sam Jones, Jetski Safari, Ijebu Pleasure Club and Arii Jade on two stages. 
When: Friday November 2    Where: 33 Drake St, Freemans Bay 

Ladies' Litera-Tea
Don't miss inspiring talks from twelve leading authors including Jo Seagar, Lizzie Marvelly and Viva design editor Melinda Williams on her new book  Eco Homes: Smart Ideas for Sustainable NZ Homes. The afternoon will be served alongside a lavish afternoon tea. 
When: Sunday November 4  Where: Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, cnr of Silver Road & Gillies Avenue, Epsom   Tickets: $65 (includes afternoon tea) at Womensbookshop.co.nz

World-beating Wines at Glengarry 
Join Viva wine contributor and international wine judge Jo Burzynska at Glengarry for a taste of some of the top wines from this year’s International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). After chairing the New Zealand panels at this leading UK-based international wine show last month, Jo will be offering insights into the judging process, while the award-winning local wines are poured by their makers. This could well include trophy-winning Pinot Noir from Takapoto Estate, which for the second year in a row beat all contenders to win the coveted Pinot Noir Trophy, as well as a host of other stellar wines. 
When: Friday November 2   Where: Glengarry Victoria Park   Tickets:  Glengarrywines.co.nz/event

Find home treasures at bargain prices at Source Home + Object Sale Event. Photo / Supplied

Source Home + Object Sale Event 
Stock up on homeware, linen, pet ware, giftware, stationery and bags among other homewares at Source Home + Object's massive clearance and end of line sale this weekend. 
When: Friday November 2 – Sunday November 3, 9am-3pm    Where: 199a Main Highway, Ellerslie   Visit: Sourcehomeobject.com

The Scandalous Four at Alberton Heritage Building
Historic Alberton will be brought to life in this original play by Christianne Van Wijk. Set in Victorian New Zealand expect a romantic comedy and drama is set to unfold. 
When: Tuesday October 30 – Sunday November 4, 7:30pm weekdays and 5:30pm weekends    Where: 100 Mount Albert Rd, Mount Albert   Tickets: $28-$38 at Eventfinda or contact Alberton at alberton@heritage.org.nz or (09) 8467367

Sam Smith at Spark Arena
Beloved popstar Sam Smith will serenade crowds over two nights at Spark Arena performing hits Too Good at Goodbyes and other tracks off his well-received second album The Thrill Of It All, released last year. Good friend and fellow Brit Paloma Faith will open the show.
When: Friday November 2 – Saturday November 3, 8pm-11 pm   Where: 42 Mahuhu Crescent, Parnell 

Sexologist Juliet Allen at Seafarers Building 
Sexologist, writer and mother, Juliet Allen will share her experiences and teachings in an evening held at the Seafarers Building. The event describes Juliet's purpose as "empowering men and women to embrace their sexuality and transform their sex and relationships" so expect a bold, empowering evening with nothing off the table. 
When: Friday November 1   Where:  52 Tyler St, Auckland   Tickets: Eventbrite.com   Visit: Womenscollective.co.nz

The Very Vintage Day Out at ASB Showgrounds
If you're a lover of all things vintage then flock in your best frock attire to The Very Vintage Day Out. Find a large selection of vintage clothing, bag, and shoe vendors, vintage glass classes, an onsite old-fashioned bake-off and live music. Prizes are up for grabs for best dressed on the day. 
When: Saturday November 3 – Sunday November 4  Where: 217 Greenlane Rd West, Epsom

Mexican doughnuts at Mexico's Day of The Dead celebrations this weekend. Photo / Supplied

Day of the Dead at Mexico
Mexico eateries will go all out for Day of The Dead festivities with a special set menu at $30 and plenty of Jose Cuervo tequila. Dishes include prawn, chorizo and fennel empanadas and Mexican doughnuts with warm chocolate ganache. 
When: Friday November 2    Where: All Mexico eateries   Visit: Mexico.net.nz

Women's Work' Exhibition at Studio One 
New embroidered works from Laura Elizabeth Allen will question the importance placed on women's domestic tasks. This is a recent venture into embroidery for the painter, illustrator and printmaker. 
When: Thursday November 1 – Thursday November 22   Where:  1 Ponsonby Rd, Grey Lynn   Visit: Studioone.org.nz

The Green Living Show at ASB Showgrounds
Dose up your daily greens this weekend at the annual Green Living Show at ASB Showgrounds. 
Where: Saturday November 3 – Sunday November 4, 10am-5pm   Where: 217 Greenlane Rd West, Epsom  Tickets: classicevents.ticketspice.com

Marlborough winery Cloudy Bay will take over Odettes, serving up a taste of the region. Photo / Supplied

Cloudy Bay Sail Away at Odettes 
Marlborough winery Cloudy Bay will take over Odettes, serving up a taste of the region. The Cloudy Bay Sail Away pop-up will feature a menu by Odettes head chef Jonah Huang using local produce and fresh seafood paired with Cloudy Bay wines. Kick off the afternoon with oysters and cocktails to live music in the courtyard. Then settle down for dinner as Jonah and his team fire up a Japanese robata grill.
When: November 1-17, Thursday-Saturday, 3-6pm   Where: 90 Wellesley St.

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