Celebrate what’s great about autumn, roast pork, apples, cider and much more, at the Christchurch Autumn Festival 2012.
The Pork, Apple and Cider Feast runs from 6:30pm to 11:00pm on Friday the 27th of April
The chefs at Riccarton House Bistro have crafted a delectable four course set menu which celebrates these humble ingredients.
The menu, priced at $55 per person, consists of:
• Pork and pistachio terrine with cider braised onion relish and sourdough
• Pork hock salad with bitter leaves, local walnuts, cider mustard vinaigrette and apple reduction
• Crispy skin pork belly with parsnip puree, celeriac remoulade and apple aioli
• Tarte tatin with Granny Smith apple sorbet and vanilla bean ice cream
All of the ingredients are locally sourced, coming from the Christchurch Farmers Market. The pork is free range and the apples organic.
On the Saturday morning (the 28th of April) you can further indulge your appetite for harvest foods at the Christchurch Farmers Market, from 9am to 2pm. The team there are hosting what they are billing as the "world's biggest farmers' market breakfast”. Big breakfast options include a bacon n' egg breakfast roll with relish and hollandaise or a vegetarian option, each for $6.50. There is also an English style cooked breakfast for $11.50.
Well known Christchurch chef and industry personality Jonny Schwass and his team will be cooking up a storm on their CRU (Charcoal Relief Unit) mobile barbecue, serving up "Swassages", Jonny's unique take on a Kiwi classic.
There will also be master classes from Christchurch Farmers Market apple supplier Ashley River Organics, Cassels Brewery, makers of the popular Eve's Cider and local master of Mediterranean and Greek cooking, Nick Mavromatis.
An artisan market on the Sunday (the 29th of April) completes the festival. Riccarton House Bistro will also be serving a Sunday roast featuring pork belly and assorted farmers' market vegetables. The ticket price of $35 includes includes one glass of wine, tap beer, bottled cider or non alcoholic beverage. Bookings are essential, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Riccarton House Bistro on (03) 348 6190 to secure your place.
With live music, quality coffee, toffee apples, apple bobbing, quizzes and $5 cider available throughout the festival, this event promises to be a fun weekend for the whole family.
When: Friday 27th of April, 6:30pm to 11pm; Saturday 28th of April 9am to 2pm, Sunday 29th of April 10am to 2pm.
Where: Riccarton House Bistro, 16 Kahu Road, Riccarton, Christchurch Tickets: Buy your tickets for the Pork, Apple & Cider Feast through Eventfinder. Purchase your tickets for the Sunday Roast by emailing Riccarton House Bistro on email@example.com or calling them on (03) 248 6190.
Editorial by Nicholas Chidley
14 April 2012