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help! long stay in wellington. where's the food?

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help! long stay in wellington. where's the food?

violeta | May 31, 2009 03:00 PM

My partner and I arrived Friday to Wellington for a 5 month stay. We really need some food help. We had heard from people that NZ is "very slow food" but we are having difficulty
finding it. The internet postings on this topic seem to be from 2006 & 7. Other than some high-end restaurants, we haven't found any current tips.

We visited the "farmers market" next to Te Papa museum, but it
doesn't seem like the sellers are actually farmers. It looks like
they're just resellers. We met one avocado farmer and a lamb farmer,
but the others' vegetables look to be commercial. We visited an organics
store called commonsense on wakefield street. Very nice healthfood store, but is that
it? We aren't so interested in gluten-free... We're looking for
artisanal bread, cheese, cured meat, and, of course, LOCAL vegetables.

One person who we asked said "well the thing about local artisanal
food is that everybody does that here, so we don't really talk about
it much". But when we asked about the seafood at Sweet Mothers they
said it was frozen and not local. What questions should we be asking
and where should we be looking for high quality local foodstuffs?

We won't be able to travel much, as my partner is working 6 days a
week, so we are not looking for food tourism, just places to buy food
to cook.

Thank you so much for your help!

Violet

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