June 3 sees Ardbeg Day return to New Zealand for its sixth year, and the release of limited-edition single-malt whisky Ardbeg Kelpie at Whisky Galore. Kelpie begins with an intense aroma of oily peat, smoked fish and hints of seaweed, followed by a delicious crescendo of treacle coffee, smoky bacon and lots of dark chocolate. Struggling to find something satisfying to dine on? Little High brings together a wide range of eight exciting eateries under one roof at 181 High Street. There you will find A Mouse Called Bean café, BASE Woodfired Pizza, Bacon Brothers Burgers, Caribe Latin Kitchen, Asian fusion restaurant Eightgrains, Argentinian eatery El Fogon, Thai restaurant Noodle Monk and Sushi Soldier.
Kiwi designer Harman Grubiša has been announced as a nominee for the International Woolmark Prize for the second year running. This prize is one of the most coveted designer awards in fashion and recognises talent in those who showcase the beauty and versatility of merino wool. The prize was famously awarded in 1954 to Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. As the only New Zealand brand nominated, Harman Grubiša will compete in the Sydney regional event in July. On viewing the new season’s collection, it’s easy to see the rise of this stunning brand. Nike has just launched a new range of running shoes. We love the Nike Free RN Motion Flyknit 2017, it fits like a snug sock and is designed to let feet move naturally, which makes them stronger by utilising the stabilising muscles in the foot and ankle. It’s like running barefoot, but with protection. Hampton & Harlow Equestrian, a beautiful new Australian equestrian clothing brand, has officially launched in New Zealand, at Rangiora Equestrian Supplies. For a sophisticated and classic range that will suit the entire family,
North Canterbury beckons.
We are excited to welcome back the Crowne Plaza Hotel, opening July 15 on the corner of Colombo and Armagh streets, and bringing with it three new hospitality spots. The Market Place Restaurant & Bar, which takes its name from the city’s pioneer era and pays homage to the original centre of Christchurch, has been designed to showcase the best our handpicked local suppliers have to offer in a modern, market setting. Social Wine Bar will boast a wine list rivalling the city’s best, and a contemporary, relaxed setting – we’ll certainly be popping in for after-work drinks! Café 1851 takes its name from the year the original hotel was built and will be an ideal spot for your morning coffee and a quick take away.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is running a French weekend, August 4-6, with the ultimate Champagne house Dom Perignon and much loved French chef, Philippe Mouchel. At “Salute to France”, guests will immerse themselves in the very best of French cooking, Champagne and style over two days of sublime eating, drinking, and learning. Have you taken the time to experience all the changes in our new central city? There are now so many options from which choose – and more to come. We hear Fresh Choice is launching a new concept store at The Crossing. While it may have the Fresh Choice brand we have been told the fit-out is anything but a typical supermarket.