Would you try a pickle-flavoured milkshake? It's on the menu as part of International Pickle Day celebrations. Photo / Supplied

A Celebration For Pickle Lovers & Other Fun Things To Do This Weekend

Plus plenty of music, comedy, and a plant market with live music

International Pickle Day
It takes a strong pickle fanatic to be tempted by a pickle-flavoured icecream but that's exactly the point of International Pickle Day celebrations. Officially this Thursday, but running over a whole week, around 30 eateries around the country are adding the divisive delight to the menu. Try Burger Burger's bratwurst sausage with pickle, pickle shake, and the aforementioned pickle icecream made by Duck Island. There's also a double pickle bagel at Best Ugly Bagels and find a whiskey sour made with pickle brine at Culprit. Monday November 11 - Sunday November 17. Various locations around Auckland

Meet the Makers at The Hunting Lodge
Feast under the stars in a vineyard this Friday at The Hunting Lodge’s Meet the Makers evening, which brings together local produce, wine, and al-fresco dining in west Auckland. The winery’s award-winning chef, Des Harris, is crafting a four-course menu including Kaipara lamb and oysters, Whangaripo Buffalo Co, Massimo’s cheeses, Mincher Gardens, Rydenberry Blueberries and produce grown on site. Friday November 15, 6.30-10pm. $130pp (includes four courses plus drinks). Transport from Auckland CBD can be included for $20. Tickets at Thehuntinglodge.com. The Hunting Lodge, 305/307 Waikoukou Valley Rd, Waimauku

Church and AP Album Release at Galatos
Breakthrough Auckland hip hop act Church and AP 
— known for their hits Dandelion and Ready or Not — have been making waves around the country since forming in 2018. The likes of David Dallas and SWIDT have also taken notice, and the young duo is, reportedly, Brockhampton's favourite Kiwi rap duo. Their new album drops this weekend, the day after the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, where the duo are finalists for the Best Track, Best Hip Hop Artist and Breakthrough Artist of the Year Awards. You can catch them perform the new release at Galatos on Friday night at $25. Friday November 15, 8pm. 17 Galatos St, Auckland CBD

No Homo: Queer Comedy at The Classic Comedy Club
No doubt comedian Chris Parker will be in top-notch form headlining this monthly dose of LGBTQI+ comedy. Expect lots of laughs from the crack-up night hosted regularly by James Malcolm and James Mustapic. Tickets are $20 and often sell out fast. Friday November 15, 8.30-9.30pm. 321 Queen St, Auckland CBD

A vegan sundae special to scoop up at Duck Island this weekend. Photo / Supplied

Duck Island Sundae Special
There's a vegan sundae special to scoop up at Duck Island this weekend, A coconut vanilla and black sticky rice icecream, with chocolate fudge and some sweet banana-bread flavoured walnuts from Little Bird. Bonus, everyone who grabs a sundae gets a free bag of Little Birds Good Nuts to try. We have and can approve! Friday November 15 - Saturday November 16. Avaliable at all three Duck Island locations (Ponsonby, Newmarket and Hamilton)

Auckland Plant Market at Smales Farm 
Plant-nerds rejoice. Here's a one-day market featuring every type of plant from indoor cuties, palms, cacti, planters, macrame, kokodama and terrariums. There's coffee and live music too. Sunday November 17, 9am-3pm. 74 Taharoto Rd, Takapuna

The Beths Tour at Hollywood Avondale
The Beths are back — and we can feel the homegrown love for the rising indie band judged by how quickly tickets sold out for their gig this weekend. Saturday November 16. 20 St Georges Rd, Avondale

Friday Jams Live at Western Springs Stadium
Janet Jackson, The Black Eyed Peas, 50 Cent aaaaand Jason Derulo are all coming? It’s going to get hot at ZM’s annual R&B party. Sunday November 17. Stadium Road, Western Springs

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