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2022 Matariki Dish Challenge

13 Jun 2022 to 17 Jul 2022
The Culinary Stars are shining this Winter in Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty
Event type: 
Cultural, Live event, Wine & Food
Bay of Plenty


From June 13th - July 17th eateries from around Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty will be shining a light on local ingredients and Matariki.

We urge you to get out there and try something new, discover a new eatery, taste and experience all while learning more about Matariki and this special New Zealand celebration.

With the backing of Flavours of Plenty, Rotorua NZ and the Nourish Magazine team the challenge is guaranteed to be a talking point and gain great publicity this Winter. In fact, it will not only be a reason for locals to head out and enjoy something new at local eateries, it will be a great reason for people to visit the regions.

The Challenge Begins

On the 13th of June Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty’s inaugural Matariki Challenges begin.   Eighteen eateries from around the two regions have created stellar dishes to delight locals and visitors alike.

Designed to shine a light on the regions culinary scene while celebrating Matariki, the challenge runs for five weeks allowing the public to taste their way around some of the region’s best eateries.

Celebrating local and discovering something new is at the heart of the challenge says event organiser Vicki Ravlich-Horan.  “As New Zealand develops our own unique food, storytelling and provenance are key.  The Matariki Dish Challenge is a wonderful chance for local eateries to start doing this and we are thrilled by the entries in this year’s challenge.”

Ravlich-Horan believes that “with Matariki being an official holiday from 2022 the challenge offers a way for people to learn more about the significance of this time of year and celebrate local at the same time, and what better way to do this than through food!”