I was blessed with good weather during my weekend in Wellington.
On Sunday morning the sun was shining, and though the air was brisk at about 9C, it was a gorgeous day to be out and about and taking in the local markets.
When I'd first visited Wellington two years ago, I'd delighted in the Waitangi Park markets. Today the markets have expanded both in size and offering, including gourmet artisans and purveyors, and the markets have been renamed Harbourside Market.
My market day began with a Harbourside Market guided tour, a chance for 15 people to visit selected stalls, learn more about their products and undertake a taste-test or two.
We stepped our way through the meandering crowds, and were slowly led towards the water. As we left the last of the stalls, I was confused as to where we were going until I saw the sign saying "Fresh fish this way".
Fresh fish sold straight off the boat! Oh I was entranced by the sight!
We were told that Nino collects the fish from a number of different fishing boats to sell direct to the public. Usually there are at least two boats, but today there was only one. I loved the whole concept of buying fish whilst queuing on the wharf, and the fish themselves looked superbly fresh and utterly magnificent.
Red gurnard (thanks Mrs Pig Flyin'!)
Gutting and cleaning the fish
We continued on back to the main markets, taking in samples of lemon and ginger syrup, bacon, olives, wheatgrass juice and breads. Here are a selection of photos from the tour and my wanderings afterward...
Rewana health loaves on the chopping board
and burnt sugar pudding on the plate
Squeezing the wheatgrass to make juice
(and I totally would've bought the Thanks Shallot teatowels if they'd been for sale)
Freshly roasted chestnuts
Smoked venison salami
Sampling black pudding, garlic bacon and pork rissoles
Urenika blue Maori potatoes
Shoppers choosing apples
A watermelon dress!
Pork sausages and crackling
Finding the perfect orange
Wholemeal bread from Simply Paris
Homemade jams and chutneys
I love this stall and always buy a dozen jars, each only about NZ$3
Grab Your Fork joined the Harbourside Market Tour as a guest of Positively Wellington Tourism for Wellington on a Plate. For more information on Wellington, check out http://www.wellingtonnz.com.
Wellington on a Plate ran from 17-30 August 2009. Next year's festival dates have already been confirmed as 14-29 August 2010.
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Corner of Cable St and Barnett St (beside Te Papa)
Wellington, New Zealand
Open every Sunday morning
7.30am - 1pm in winter
7.30am - 2pm in summer
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Harbourside Market - formerly Waitangi Park Market (Aug07)
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