Shucks ahoy! It's time for the annual Oyster and Wine Festival in Matakana. Photo / Supplied

Snack Club: 7 Unmissable Food Events in October

Save room next month for a vegan Asian feast, an oysters and wine festival plus over 80 artisan chocolate and coffee stalls

The Oyster and Wine Festival at Matakana Country Park
Seafood lovers won’t want to miss The Oyster and Wine Festival at Matakana Country park. Mahurangi Harbour oysters will be served with local wine, plus there'll be entertainment and the popular shucking competition.
When: Sunday October 7, 10am-4pm   Where: 1151 Leigh Rd, Matakana   Tickets: Adults $39.50 including an event glass, first glass of wine or beer and 2 oysters. VIP and children tickets available. Book at

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South East Asian Vegan Feast at The Tasting Shed 
Kumeu’s The Tasting Shed will spice things up plant style with a six-course menu inspired by the diverse vegan cuisine of South East Asia.
When: Wednesday October 3 – Thursday October 4, 6:30pm   Where: 609 State Highway 16, Kumeu   Tickets: $70 pp. Book at

Expect modern Italian pasta dishes from Sydney favourites Acme's pop up at Culprit. Photo / Supplied

Acme Pop-Up at Culprit 
Renowned Sydney restaurant Acme will take over Culprit for a one night only pop-up. Co-owner Mitch Orr’s nine-course menu will focus on modern Italian pasta dishes such as pig's head macaroni with smoked egg yolk. Natural and organic wine will be served.
When: Tuesday October 2   Where: 12 Wyndham St, Auckland City   Tickets: $125 pp (9 courses, snacks, main and dessert). Book at

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Japnese Degustation at Uxbridge
In a first of this series of introducing great chefs to Howick, Toshiyuki Nakanishi of Masu will serve a five-course Japanese inspired degustation including a sushi and sashimi platter and braised wagyu beef at the independent arts and culture venue Uxbridge.
When: Wednesday October 10, 6:30pm   Where:  35 Uxbridge Road, Howick   Tickets: $69pp. Book at

Carlo Buenaventura (pictured, front) of The Cult Project will serve a Filipino three-course sharing menu at Culprit. Photo / Supplied

The Cult Project at Culprit 
The Cult Project’s Carlo Buenaventura will treat diners to his Filipino cuisine and heritage in a three-course sharing menu at Culprit. The co-owner and chef of this low waste and unique pop-up initiative will cook recipes passed down from his family referencing an old south Philippines style of eating “SuTuKil” (Grill, boiled, pickled) with a contemporary New Zealand spin.
When: Monday October 29     Where: 12 Wyndham St, Auckland City   Tickets: $65 pp. Book at

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Indian Street Food at Homestead
Homestead is throwing a Varanasi street food feast to celebrate artist Anna Crichton’s latest exhibition inspired by her travels to India, which is on show at Pah Homestead. Live Indian music will get the vibe going and diners will take home a screen-dyed napkin made by Anna.
When: Thursday October 11, 7pm-10pm   Where: 72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough   Tickets: $79pp. Book at

One of life's most heavenly combinations will be celebrated at The Chocolate and Coffee Show. Photo / Supplied

The Chocolate and Coffee Show at The Cloud
The Chocolate and Coffee Show will return in October with over 80 exhibitors of the country’s best artisan chocolatiers, coffee roasters, and other tasty treat makers set up at The Cloud. Enjoy live demonstrations, masterclasses and samples galore.
When: Saturday October 6 – Sunday October 7, 9am-5pm   Where: The Cloud, Queens Wharf   Tickets: GA $17.50 Masterclasses $45. Book at

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