Fun Things To Do This Weekend 21/06/18

Celebrations of wine, beer, good food and the winter solstice are all on offer this weekend

Pop into Twenty-Seven Names' sample sale for one-off and archived pieces. Photo / Supplied

La Cigale Winter Solstice Market
Mark the longest night of the year with a line-up of food trucks and French delicacies at La Cigale's special winter market. Peach's Hot Chicken, Lalele Organic Gelato, The Rolling Pin and Judge Bao will all be on site serving delicious food so settle in and enjoy the chance to get out and about on a winter's night.
Thursday June 21, 5-9pm   Where: 69 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell   Visit: The Facebook event

The Contours of Heaven
Six stories of young people from the Te Matau a Maui, Hawke's Bay, are brought to life in this show which combines theatre, song and movement. Don't miss the chance to see one of the Fringe Festival's stand-out performances.
Until Saturday June 30, 8pm   Where: Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, City   Visit:

The Contours of Heaven returns to the Auckland Fringe Festival. Photo / Supplied

The singing, dancing 'Jellicle Cats' who feature in this epic show have entertained over 73 million people across the world — this is your chance to be one of them. This classic is a fun one to take the family along to and its catchy tunes will stick in your head long after you leave the theatre.
When: Thursday June 21 to Saturday June 23   Where: Aotea Centre, 50 Mayoral Drive, City   Visit:

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Twenty-Seven Names Sample Sale
There will be one-off and archived pieces available at Twenty-Seven Names' popular sample sale, taking place for just two days. They're bringing back some of their most-loved prints and you're bound to get your hands on something you'll wear again and again. 
When: Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23, 10am-5pm   Where: Flying Fish Studios, 230 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby   Visit: Facebook

Take a top-to-tail winery tour of New Zealand without leaving Auckland at Winetopia and hear from industry experts, winemakers and sommeliers along the way. This immersive two-day festival includes tastings from more than 60 wineries, food-matching masterclasses from the likes of Cazador (pictured), Apero and Clooney, plus chats with top entertainers such as actor Robyn Malcolm. The first release of tickets have sold out, so be in quick to join New Zealand’s largest wine-tasting event.
When: Choose from three sessions on Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23   Where: Shed 10, Queens Wharf, 89 Quay St, City   Visit:

Restaurants such as Cazador are holding masterclasses as part of Winetopia this weekend. Photo / Supplied

Challenging Perceptions Dinner
For this special dinner series at Gusto at the Grand, cocktails made with Johnnie Walker whisky will be matched to four courses of delicious food. You'll hear inspiring tales from well-known New Zealanders and enjoy challenging what you thought you know about whisky. 
When: Friday June 22 to Saturday June 23, 5.30-7.30pm   Where: Gusto at the Grand, 90 Federal St, City   Visit:

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Auckland Beer Week
Celebrate the best of Auckland's craft brews during this week-long celebration of beer, taking place at bars across the city. After the launch night, there will be tastings, food matching, workshops and chances to meet top brewers.
When: Friday June 22 to Sunday July 1   Where: Bars and venues across Auckland   Visit: for the full programme

Stone Soup are launching their latest issue at the Cross Street Market on Sunday. Photo / Supplied

Stone Soup Launch Party
Celebrate the latest issue of indie food magazine Stone Soup Syndicate and the start of the oyster season at their fundraising and launch party at the Cross St Market this Sunday. You can learn to shuck oysters and then eat them in dishes created by chefs from Apero and Welcome Eatery, or try a special oyster po’ boy from food writer Leisha Jones. There’ll be barbecue brisket from Morepork, vegetarian comfort food, cups of spicy chai, natural wine and Sawmill beer. All served to a soundtrack of DJs including Goldenmayne.
When: Sunday June 24, 1-7pm   Where: 4 Cross St, Newton   Visit:

Bare Waxing and Skin 10 Year Anniversary 
When it comes to birthdays, most people get presents rather than give them, but the owner of Bare Waxing and Skin centres decided the 10th anniversary of her Auckland business was a chance to give back. “When we brainstormed with our team about what we could do to celebrate 10 years in business, we very quickly settled on a charity day in which we could involve our clients as well as the community we operate in.” All proceeds for services and treatments on Monday will go to two local charities. Twenty therapists across the four centres are working extra shifts on the day to accommodate bookings.
When: Monday June 25   Where: Albany, Belmont, Glen Innes & Grey Lynn locations   Visit:

More events to book and look forward to
Nadia Reid at Wine Cellar, June 26-28 
Matariki Festival, June 30-July 22
GABS Beer, Cider and Food Festival, June 30
World Press Photo Exhibition, June 30-July 29
Auckland Fried Chicken Festival, July 12
New Zealand International Film Festival, July 19-August 5
Wellington on a Plate, August 10-26

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