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Another Delicious Month



Another Delicious Month


Fish & Game NZ Wild Game Bird Food Festival Extended for one more month

The third Fish & Game NZ Wild Game Bird Food Festival will run for one more month -  extending its season until 29 June.

“Nearly all the participating restaurants are keen to continue the festival for one more month,” says Ric Cullinane, Fish & Game NZ Communications & Marketing Manager.

“We have kept the festival to the first month of the season in past events, but game bird hunters are asking us to extend this to two months.

“Fortunately, nearly all the restaurants are equally keen to celebrate the game bird hunting season with a further four weeks of delicious wild game bird meals.”

Each of the 16 restaurants participating – one, at least, for each regional city throughout the country – creates a special wild game bird menu, based on several of the game birds on the hunting list and selects wine matches for the different dishes.

The game birds on this year’s hunting list are: Canada Goose, Grey Duck, Mallard Duck, Paradise Shelduck, Californian Quail, Cock Pheasant, Black swan, Chukar and Pukeko.

The restaurants select only one, or several, of these game birds for their 'special menu.'

Hunters bring their bagged wild game birds – dressed to the restaurant’s specifications - to their chosen restaurant a minimum of 24 hours before their dinner booking for the dish selected from its menu.

At the festival’s conclusion each restaurant offers a dinner prize for two with these drawn by Fish & Game NZ from the game bird licences bought in each region.

The game bird hunting season starts the first weekend of May each year and runs until approximately mid-August, depending on the area. 

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For each restaurant’s menu in this year’s festival.

The restaraurants extending the season are as follows:
à Deco
70 Kamo Rd

Kensington, Whangarei

Chef/owner Brenton Low



Waikato Art Museum
1 Grantham St


Chef/owners David & Lisa Kerr


854 Dominion Rd,
Mt Eden, Auckland
Owners/chef:  Tony & Daruish Lolaiy

Craggy Range Winery’s Terróir Restaurant

253 Waimarama Rd, Havelock North
Hawkes Bay
Executive Chef: Stephen Tindall

Nero’s Cafe/ Bar

Owners/chefs Scott & Yvette Kennedey

36 Amesbury Street

Palmerston North


Matinee Café & Tapas Bar/ Restuarant

Owner Sashil Dayal Chef Chris Welham

67 Devon St West

New Plymouth Central


Gusto Bar/ Restaurant

Owner Rowan Cambie Chef Jaimee McMannaway

Ocean View Parade

New Plymouth Central



3 Main St
Owner/Chef Marcel Rood


High Tide Restaurant

29 Kitchener St


Owner/Chef Mark Lane


Saltwater Café & Bar 272 Wakefield Quay


Owner: Vivian Fox Chef: Manfred Dax


Cook’n with Gas

23 Worcester Boulevard
Owner: Bruce Griffith Head Chef: Courtenary Rotherham

Café de Paris


19 Tancred St, Hokitika

Owners: Pierre & Joy Esquilat Head chef: Terry Essen

Louie’s Café & Tapas Bar


142 Dee St

Owner: Manu Head Chef: Terry Goldsmith


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