The very best of Auckland cuisine will be shown off by the city's best chefs and restaurateurs this weekend.

Thousands of foodie fans are expected to promenade around Victoria Park, sampling the tapas-style dishes over the annual three-day Taste of Auckland food festival which kicks off this evening.

Organisers say this year's event offers a "truly outstanding line-up" of the city's top chefs and restaurants, ready with their best summer dishes.

Among eateries represented at the festival is the award-winning Clooney - attendees will be able to try, among its other dishes, a succulent serving of Saikou salmon with orange peel, saffron and fennel pollen.


Antonio Crisci from Waiheke Island's Poderi Crisci will also be there. One of his creations up to be tasted is an organic shredded mozzarella dish served with a selection of garden tomatoes, basil and the Poderi Crisci extra-virgin olive oil.

Euro restaurant will be dishing up Simon Gault's very own crab and prawn dish with jalapeno creme fraiche sauce, tobiko and tuna wafers.

Restaurants won't be the only ones offering food - some top local producers will also have stalls with a selection of boutique wines, beers, cheeses and fine foods available to try and buy.

Helping create atmosphere is the Peroni Bandstand with Peter Urlich.

Flavour of the week
What: The annual Taste of Auckland food festival.
When: Tonight 5.30pm-9.30pm; tomorrow to Sunday 12pm-4pm and 5.30-9.30pm.
Where: Victoria Park, Auckland.
How much: Premium adult - $62.50 (includes $40 worth of Crowns you can use to buy food and drink from the restaurants and bars), Premium adult + wine - $66.50 (includes $40 of Crowns and wine glass).
Tickets available from
Life & Style Editor Nicky Park will be hitting opening night this evening. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for updates from the event.