Local Food Week

2 April 2013

Local foodies will be salivating as harvest season brings a bounty of fresh produce to our tables. And this week, we’re celebrating Local Food Week in Wellington.

Men wearing red French berets at the Kingsmeade Artisan Cheese company stall, Hill Street Farmers Market.

Stall at the Hill Street Farmers Market

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Ania Upstill from Wellington’s Local Food Network, who is helping organise the week, says local food can be defined as anything grown or produced within 150km of your home.

“This is the first time we’ve ever celebrated Local Food Week in the Capital. We’re hoping it will help more Wellingtonians enjoy the benefits of local food - it’s sustainable, healthy, and above all, delicious!”

There’s a range of local food-themed events on offer, including an edible gardens tour, a shared potluck picnic at the Botanic Garden and a free film screening. For details about Local Food Week events, visit:

“Several cafes in Wellington will also be offering specials on dishes with at least 40 percent locally-sourced ingredients - and UrbanHarvest.co.nz is offering a special local produce box which includes great recipe ideas,” says Ania.

The Council’s Our Living City Programme Manager, Amber Bill, says Local Food Week reflects the growing local food movement in Wellington.

“With our community gardens, local food workshops, the Conscious Consumers Local Food Badge and the weekend food markets burgeoning around the city, more and more Wellingtonians are embracing the ‘think globally, eat locally’ message.”