The winning hamburger. Photo / provided
The forks are lowered and the three Visa Wellington on a Plate (WOAP) winners have been revealed.
After a delay due to a Covid-19 lockdown, more than 400 festival dishes were served in the capital with thousands of hungry customers eating and drinking across the city to reduce it to five dishes.
These five were presented to a panel of experts who made the final call – and this year Egmont St Eatery wins the Burger Wellington award.
The Kingston Tastee was paired with Garage Project’s Golden Path hazy IPA and paired an open-air smashed pork and beef patty with mango and pork fat chutney, blackened chili mayonnaise from Penray Gardens, homemade cheese and spicy tobacco onions in a homemade dish. Milk bread.
Festival director Sarah Meikle said it was an exceptional event.
“He received a lot of very positive comments throughout the festival, if you come back to social media it has been a real success so I don’t think it will be a complete surprise, he is the winner.”
But there are also other winners – Boulcott St Bistro won the festival’s best dish with its Écrevisses Marseille. Local crayfish poached in butter, sautéed with house greens, harissa and saffron tomato sauce and NZ green shoots.
Meikle says crayfish are “always a crowd pleaser”.
The final winner was CGR Merchant & Co who won the best Wellington cocktail with their old-fashioned donut.
Meikle says the special was “rich enough” but looked amazing.
“It was a donut with old-fashioned coconut-infused rum – a real crowd pleaser.”
While the lockdown disrupted the festivities, Meikle says that having the festival ready for level 2 has given hospitality a much needed rebound.
“At the end of the day, while it was incredibly difficult for hospitality to literally be stopped in its tracks, I think WOAP’s return to level 2 really gave hospitality the boost it needed. to get your feet back in the door. “
She says planning is well advanced for the 2022 festival – but fingers crossed that there is no lockdown next year.
“It was a blessing in disguise – but not one we want to repeat!”