The Auckland Fried Chicken Festival returns. Photo / Supplied.

Haberdashery, Fried Chicken & More Fun Things For The Weekend

There's an eclectic array of interesting things to indulge in

Feast on fried chicken

The popular Auckland Fried Chicken Festival returns this weekend with a focus on tasty, deep-fried options from an array of eateries including Tiger Burger, Mexico NZ and Lowbrow; plus street food delicacies courtesy of Bun Hun, Temaki Truck NZ and more. There are four sessions available to attend: lunch from 12pm - 2pm  and 2pm - 4pm; and  dinner from 5pm - 7pm  and 7 - 9pm on Saturday August 8. Ticket presales are $10 available from Eventfinda; or limited door sales available at $15 on the day.

The pastoral life

"Situated on a working farm just outside of Clevedon, The Farmhouse is a cafe and delicatessen serving up fresh, seasonal fare, housemade ice-cream and organic Kokako coffee.

Get your sweet fix from the toast menu with a slab of toasted walnut bread smothered in Fix & Fogg's famous coffee and maple peanut butter, caramelised bananas and fresh honeycomb, or go savoury with a generous wedge of sourdough toast topped with pesto, avocado and pickled egg. When the caffeine hits, take a stroll around the 2.4km farm loop past The Farmhouse orchard, beehives and pasture. The gravel trail is pram-friendly, rendering it the perfect spot for a Sunday morning family outing." - Ashleigh Cometti, beauty editor.

Discover Bardcore

"Thou wouldst be forgiven for believing ye olde retro revival hadst, perhaps, gotten a little out of arms. Yet no! With the black plague once more descending upon the globe, a group of spoony bards on YouTube have become positively medieval and introduced 2020’s breakthrough musical genre, Bardcore.

Also known as Tavernwave, it’s made up of savvy recreations of modern pop songs performed on medieval-era instruments, think flutes, lutes, harps and mandolins. The best Bardcore artists, like Hildegard von Blingin, Mystic Zaru and Samus Ordicus add era-appropriate vocals with lyrics translated into ye old English.

These are cleverly hilarious, and ofttimes an improvement on the original. Take von Blingin’s cover of Gotye and Kimbra’s Somebody That I Used to Know which has her singing, ”To send a wagon for thy minstrel and refuse my letters / I need no longer write them, though / Now thou art somebody whom I used to know.”

LISTEN: Bad Romance by Lady Gaga (Bardcore version)

Amazing. It’s incredibly relaxing to listen to and a deep rabbit hole to fall into as you discover these internet minstrels covering everyone from Lady Gaga (Bad Romance) to Radiohead (Creep) to Dolly Parton (Jolene) to Metallica (Nothing Else Matters). We know this sounds like a meme that got out of hand - and perhaps it is. But it’s also strangely brilliant and very much worth a listen." - Karl Puschmann, writer. 

Craft Works

Head along to Object Space for its latest exhibition Deadweight Loss: The Value of Making, celebrating the value and relevance of craft and handmade work.

Featuring the works of painter Cat Fooks, potter Laurie Steer and contemporary jewellery artist Moniek Schrijer. In 2016, Moniek was awarded the prestigious Herbert Hofmann Preis during Schmuck in Munchen.

Money Bags by Moniek Schrijer (2020). Photo / Samuel Hartnett.

Moniek’s work ‘Money Bags’ (2020) is worth taking a closer look at, fashioned from chain mail handbags patchworked together, an exploration of the object’s power to express or diminish value - be it as markers of good or bad taste, prestige or overt sentimentality. On display until 18 October, 13 Rose Road Ponsonby.

Retail therapy

If you’re after a good deal, iconic department store Smith & Caughey’s is the place to head to for its popular end of season sale. Designed to offer discounts on remaining pieces from the season's collections, final reductions begin this Friday and ends August 23. The sale is available in-store and online now.

Listen up

“I came across The Michelle Obama Podcast on Spotify recently, and am looking forward to listening to more this weekend. The first episode is a relaxed conversation between Michelle and Barrack, talking about a range of different topics including their different upbringings, the state of being Black today, and the complicated layers of prejudices within the Black community itself. They're both incredibly funny too. In between, there’s some great music. It's strange to be listening to these two now given the transgressive nature of the current administration, so this is a great listen.” – Dan Ahwa, creative director.

Haberdashery Sale

Award-winning fashion designer Liz Mitchell will be holding a workroom sample sale this weekend at her Grey Lynn studio.The celebrated designer has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to textiles, and is an avid collector of unique, one-off fabrics. For something special for your next sewing project, pop along between Friday and Sunday and pick up a bargain.

Items include archival samples, bridalwear, jewellery, accessories, vintage kimono fabrics, haberdashery, knitting yarn, vintage patterns and magazines from the 1980s and 1990s. Liz’s credentials include designing costumes for popular 1980s TV series Gloss, so this is another opportunity to meet Liz in person and learn from her fabulous fashion knowledge. Liz Mitchell 196 Great North Road, Grey Lynn.

Charitable drinking

In honour of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s leadership during the lockdown, Wellington-based brewery Double Vision Brewing new beer is worth trying if only to support a good cause.

Brewed during Alert Level 3, Juice Cinda IPA is made with Nelson Sauvin, Wai-iti and Riwaka hops and is a fruity brew with nutty and caramel flavours. To mark the new release, 50 percent of sales will go towards I Am Hope to support mental health in New Zealand, along with 100 percent of donations from an accompanying Givealittle fundraiser here.


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