From kombucha to kimchi, check out all the fizzing fuss on fermentation at the Ferment! Festival. Photo / Supplied

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We're buzzing this week with Coffee Supreme's new instant fix and Auckland's first fermentation festival

Sid and Chand Sahrawat are hosting a special fundraising luncheon to raise money in support of victims and families of the Christchurch mosque shooting. The $250-a-head event will be hosted at Sid at the French Café on Sunday April 28, with all proceeds going to Victim Support through hospitality charity DineAid. The lunch includes a six-course menu specially curated by Sid Sahrawat and his teams at Sidart, Cassia and Sid at The French Café for the event. Broadcaster Kerre McIvor will MC the luncheon, which includes a live and silent auction with hospitality packages donated by top Auckland chefs and restaurants including Amano, Baduzzi, Café Hanoi, Michael Meredith, Phil’s Kitchen, Saan, Tantalus Estate, and The Grove.
When: 28 April   Where: 210 Symonds St, Eden Terrace   Tickets: Purchased by emailing the restaurant on info@sidatthefrenchcafe.co.nz

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Ferment! Festival at The Cloud
From kombucha to kimchi, check out all the fizzing fuss on fermentation at the Ferment! Festival at The Cloud this weekend. The Auckland-first event will have samples from more than 60 producers and interactive workshops. 
When: Saturday March 23 – Saturday March 24, 10am-4pm   Where: 89 Quay St, Auckland  Tickets: $30 (GA entry) at Iticket.co.nz

Japanese Tea Masterclass at Masu
Learn everything you need to know about Japanese tea with the founder of Nippon Tea, Chiwako Hoshinam, at Masu. This afternoon workshop includes tastings of Japanese teas; Gyokuro, Houjicha, Sencha and Matcha (pictured), and Masu desserts.
When: Saturday March 23, 3pm-5.30pm   Where: 90 Federal St, City  Tickets: $59 at info@masu.co.nz.

Go green this weekend at The Feijoa Festival and a Green Tea Masterclass at Masu. Photos / Supplied

Feijoa Festival at The PumpHouse Theatre 
If you’re a lover of feijoas, this festival is for you. Taking place at Takapuna’s PumpHouse theatre, The Feijoa Festival will have feijoa-infused food stalls, Lothlorien’s feijoa wine, live music, and a feijoa forest dance floor. The fruity fun will continue at Macs Brew Bar Takapuna with fire dancers, live bands and DJ sets.
When: Saturday March 30   Where: Killarney Park, Takapuna   Tickets: Theticketfairy.com

La Cave at Annabel's 
Don’t miss La Peche’s last La Cave event for a while at Annabel’s Wine Bar. The courtyard party will bring together oysters, natural wine, craft beer, music and more.
When: Saturday March 23, 2pm   Where: 277 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby   Tickets: $15 at Welcometolacave.com

Seafood Degustation at Clooney 
Seafood lovers should book in for a special degustation at Clooney in May. Clooney head chef Nobu Lee will join forces with Daniel Puskas, the head chef and co-owner of Sydney restaurant Sixpenny, for a seven-course tasting menu. The menu will focus on New Zealand seafood, gathered by the chefs themselves from the South Island.
When: Thursday, May 9 at Clooney.   Where: 33 Sale St, Auckland  Tickets: $220 pp for a seven-course tasting menu, canapés and Perrier-Jouët champagne on arrival. Purchase at Clooney.co.nz or email info@clooney.co.nz

Flippin Heck! Look out for Jo Bros Burger truck on the local market and event scene. Photo / Supplied

DON'T MISS

Look out for Jo Bros burger truck at local markets and events. The caravan is run by chefs Josh Barlow (The Sugar Club) and Brody Jenkins. The menu uses local produce, sustainable meat, plus there are vegetarian and vegan options. The duo has teamed up with All Good, a not-for-profit organisation raising awareness about mental illness. 

Chris Hemsworth can cook for us any night of the week. Photo / Supplied

Chris Hemsworth has launched a new health and fitness app, Centr, with a personalised digital health and fitness programme created by the actor and his hand-picked team of trainers, celebrity chefs, meditation teachers and well-being specialists. Download from Centr.com and the Apple App store.

INSTANT BITES

"Just like the icecreams, only minus the ice cream" — Whittaker’s and Tip Top continue their love affair beyond icecream with a limited edition chocolate release. The two blocks come in milk chocolate Salted Maple Cashew and dark chocolate Salted Caramel and Pretzel

Coffee Supreme has launched New Zealand’s first speciality instant coffee which promises to convince even the most discerning of coffee drinkers of its merits. $18 for a box of 7. Available at Farro Fresh and at Coffeesupreme.com

Could Coffee Supreme's latest release convert us to instant? We stir the pot. Photo / Supplied

Cookie maestros Moustache have added a new Matcha cookie to their range. Vegan, gluten-free, and look delicious. 

Wither Hills is celebrating its quarter-century years by offering its Cellar Collection range for online order for the first time. The range includes a super premium Pinot Noir — the Honourable (2014 vintage) and a Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc (2018). visit Witherhills.co.nz

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