3 foodie pop-up products that don’t last long

Yael Shochat at Ima Cuisine with her hot rolls. Photo/Michael Craig

Eating in season is best – here are three edible treats that are here for a while, not a long time.

Ima Cuisine hot cross buns

Get them while they’re hot – orders are now open for Ima Cuisine’s legendary hot cross buns, which sell out every year. The year before, Ima posted the recipe for the buns, but they are not intended for the beginner baker. If you prefer the easy route, head to imacuisine.co.nz to order. And don’t even start with the “it’s too early for Easter”. It’s never too early for this spicy doughy perfection.

Yael Shochat at Ima Cuisine with her hot rolls.  Photo/Michael Craig
Yael Shochat at Ima Cuisine with her hot rolls. Photo/Michael Craig

Tauranga’s Secret Kitchen Takeovers

There’s a secret food scene brewing in the Bay of Plenty. These top-secret gastronomic events take place in top-secret locations around the bay and have grown from 20 to 1,500 guests over the course of their runs. Previous themes include Taiao: Food of the Gods, a Caribbean Christmas feast, and Eat Your Memories, a nostalgic journey through foodie flashbacks. Upcoming events include truffle hunts at Te Puke and a hangi with Masterchef winners Karena and Kasey Bird – head over to kitchentakeover.co.nz to register, then sit back and wait. Once you’ve secured a ticket, the top-secret location won’t be revealed until the hours before your meal.

Chiefs Kasey Bird (left) and Karena Bird.  Photo/Stephen Parker
Chiefs Kasey Bird (left) and Karena Bird. Photo/Stephen Parker

Whangamata Rudi Bakery Pop-Up

The people of Whangamata have been spoiled lately. Rudi’s in Whangamata is a new opening from London-Kiwi returnees Stefan and Fern Kelly-Zander who trained at Hackney’s E5 Bakehouse. Stefan’s petit fours are available at locations around town. You’ll find them at Gather & Roam, the former restaurant of French Cafe’s Creghan and Simon Wright on Lindsay Road, and now at a local pop-up just for the summer. Serving Rudi’s artisan pastries and sourdoughs, as well as coffee from Auckland’s Eighthirty coffee roastery, you’ll find them at Cinema Lane, Whangamata, until the end of March.

Rudi's Bakehouse, Whangamata.  Photo / Provided
Rudi’s Bakehouse, Whangamata. Photo / Provided

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