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Monday, September 07, 2009

City Market, Wellington, New Zealand

Schneckenudel from Brezelmania

The City Market is a new addition to the markets scene in Wellington, established by local award-winning chef Martin Bosley (his restarant Martin Bosley's was the Supreme Winner in the 2007 Cuisine Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards).

Housed under the shelter of the Chaffers Dock Function Centre, the City Market is a gourmande's paradise of artisan breads, cheeses and local produce. It's a little more upmarket than the Harbourside Markets, but both were a must-do for me on my vist to Wellington, particularly as they're located so conveniently close to one another.

The markets were a little congested but not too overwhelmingly so. I expect that food bloggers aren't commonly seen at the markets, as quite a few stallholders were bemused by my dedicated snapping.

It's all for you, so enjoy the market tour from the comfort of your armchair...

Cheese straws from Brezelmania

Chocolate crossiants from Brezelmania

Challah breads from Brezelmania

Mini muffins from Brezelmania

French cheeses from Le Marche Francais

Cabecou soft goat cheese from Le Marche Francais

Cabecou comes from goats that graze in the Midi-Pyrénées region of southern France.

Mimolette cheese from Le Marche Francais

An unpasteurised raw milk cheese that is matured for 18 months, the mimolette is believed to have originated with Louis XIV, who requested a French version of the Dutch Edam to put a halt to their import. The mimolette gets its distinct orange colour from annatto, a natural food coloring agent.

Saint Nectaire from Le Marche Francais

Saint Nectaire is made in the Auvergne region of central France.

Bleu d'Auvergne from Le Marche Francais

Described as "a strong blue but you can feel the French mountain pastures".

Morbier from Le Marche Francais

The morbier has a distinct layer of vegetable ash running horizontally through the middle. Originating in the small village of Morbier in Franche-Comté, cheesemakers would use up the last of the evening milk, press it into a mold and then use a layer of tasteless ash to protect the cheese overnight. The next morning the cheese would be topped with the morning milk from cows, and whilst production these days does not use this two-day milk process any longer, the layer of ash continues in a nod to tradition.

Cantal from Le Marche Francais

Cantal is an unpasteurised raw milk cheese that tastes similar to a mature cheddar, from the Cantal region in Auvergne, France.

Buche de Chèvre pasteurised goats cheese from Le Marche Francais

Te Matuku Bay oysters from Waiheke Island

Cloudy Bay clams from Marlborough

Tarakihi fish from Leigh

Sulphur-crested cockatoo happy to be patted

Chef Martin Bosley, one of the driving forces behind the City Market

Marinated Martinborough olives

Duck liver mousse and duck rillette from Le Canard

Toulouse sausages and boudin noir from Le Canard

Slicing duck terrine at Le Canard

Duck terrine with fig and walnut from Le Canard

Apricot danishes from The French Baker, Greytown (70km from Wellington)

Ciabatta and white sourdough from The French Baker, Greytown

Fruit logs and walnut rye breads from The French Baker, Greytown

Brown sugar brioche from The French Baker, Greytown

Grab Your Fork attended Wellington on a Plate as a guest of Positively Wellington Tourism. 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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City Market
Ground floor, Chaffers Dock
1 Herd St, Wellington, New Zealand

Open every Sunday, 8.30am – 12.30pm

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Harbourside Market, Wellington
8 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 9/07/2009 12:20:00 am


  • At 9/07/2009 9:36 am, Blogger Stephcookie said…

    All that cheese, seafood, bread & pastries...heaven! Did you buy a lot while you were there? I want one of those hessian bags for grocery shopping, they're so cute!

  • At 9/07/2009 12:05 pm, Blogger Y said…

    Awesome carb-tastic photos, Helen! I'll have one of each cheese please :)

  • At 9/07/2009 2:15 pm, Blogger milliemirepoix said…

    Gorgeous - well done getting past the crowds! Funny you mention the stallholders' bemusement at your taking photos... I've been there with a camera once or twice, but felt kind of awkward.

    BTW did you buy that big slice of terrine? I can't seem to go a week without getting some...

  • At 9/07/2009 2:23 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great posts from you Wellington trip, would love to go one year. The cheeses look divine!

  • At 9/07/2009 8:11 pm, Blogger Bean Sprout's Cafe said…

    I love pastries, watching all those lovely pastries and cheese... hungry !

  • At 9/07/2009 8:47 pm, Anonymous JD Adair said…

    Those cheeses look amazing! Thanks for snapping for us.

  • At 9/08/2009 1:48 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Stephcookie - I was off to the airport in less than three hours so alas I couldn't buy anything from the markets. The hessian bags are gorgeous aren't they? Now regretting I didn't get one!

    Hi Y - lol. Carbs are my best friend! The cheeses all looked so amazing too.

    Hi Millie Mirepoix - I got the feeling that the concept of food blogging wasn't really well known, but people were friendly and patient enough :)

    Alas that wasn't my slice of terrine although it looked amazing. Such a shame I was not far off departing for the airport on my final day in Wellington.

    Hi Noodlehead - Glad you've been enjoying the posts. It's amazing how much you can fit into 48 hours! The cheeses all looked so good. I could've quite happily eaten them for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

    Hi Bean Sprout's Cafe - I agree, pastries make me a little weak at the knees, and fresh bread and cheese? Oh yes please!

    Hi JD Adair - You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the photos. I like to eat for everyone too :)

  • At 9/08/2009 10:23 am, Anonymous Pat Churchill said…

    Glad to see the old home town embracing the market culture :)


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