Cafe Chat: No Doggity brengt veganistische hotdogs naar Wellington

Cafe Chat: No Doggity brengt veganistische hotdogs naar Wellington

september 14, 2019 0 Door admin


No Doggity will debut its vegan hotdogs at Wellington’s monthly Vegan Vault market this Saturday from 6pm. 

“Normally when you eat a hotdog, you’re going to expect it to be made from meat, gluten, or soy – or a combination of those. But I thought it would be rad to make ones that anyone could eat,” says No Doggity’s Alice Richardson.

Richardson’s ‘dogs are made mostly from vegetables, spices and starches. 

“I’m really looking forward to getting some feedback on my dogs to see what people like and what they want me to add or remove. Folks seem interested, but until they’re eating those dogs, I’ll have no idea whether I’m doing something people really want, so it’s going to help me decide my next step.”

Funky hotdog combinations and experimentation aside, Richardson says No Doggity’s main goal is to provide Wellington with more inclusive food choices.

“I want to make food you can eat, regardless of your dietary requirements, so that when you come up and order, you don’t need to ask yourself, ‘What am I able to eat?’, but rather, ‘What do I want to eat?’. I think that would be really cool.”

Vegan Vault Market, 6pm-9pm, September 7, Clyde Quay School (27 Elizabeth Street, Mount Victoria)

Funk Estate comes home

Tauranga brewery Funk Estate is returning to its roots next month, opening up a store in the heart of the Wellington CBD.

Funk Estate’s Dylan Shearer says the decision to set up shop in the capital made sense for a lot of reasons. 

“We were wanting to bolster our presence in Wellington, where we originally started, and really dive back into the scene here,” he says.

“I’ve been splitting my time between Wellington and the Mount [Maunganui] for the last 18 months, so we decided that we may as well set up a permanent store back in the capital and give the lovely people of Welly a great place to get our products for takeaway.”

The team is currently busy putting the finishing touches on its Vivian Street site, aiming for a mid-September opening.

“We’re installing nine taps and we want to give people the opportunity to get our regular keg-only seasonal releases for takeaway in riggers, as well as our staple faves like Jungle Boogie Blood Orange Sour in cans.”

Opening soon at 124 Vivian Street, Te Aro 

Pinot Palooza 

The world’s biggest celebration of pinot noir touches down in Wellington this Sunday.

Pinot Palooza is a global pinot noir festival that tours 13 cities across six countries. Having already made a splash in Tokyo, Osaka, Perth, Adelaide, and Auckland this year, New Zealand’s capital is the next stop.

More than a hundred wines from New Zealand, Australia and beyond are available to taste at each city, along with food, beer and live entertainment.

“The vision has always been to change the way people think about wine on a global scale. Wine is awesome, fun and engaging,” says Pinot Palooza founder Dan Sims.

“However, historically, this is not how it’s been marketed. Sadly, it’s been ‘death by masterclass’ – a lecture, not a conversation. 

“Pinot Palooza is not, and never will be, that. Wine by default is social. You share it with people. So Pinot Palooza is all about helping people learn about wine the same way they consume it: socially. And have a heck of a lot of fun doing it.”

September 8, Harbourside Function Venue. More info at


Wooden slat blinds, retro tablecloths and candles lend Crumpet the air of a moody movie set.

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Wooden slat blinds, retro tablecloths and candles lend Crumpet the air of a moody movie set.

For a place smack bang in the heart of the busy Manners Street, Crumpet certainly feels a world away from the noise and bustle of Courtenay Place.

Wooden slat blinds, retro tablecloths and candles lend the cafe-cum-bar the air of a moody movie set.

It’s a spot that’s as versatile as it is exquisite – stop here for a quality coffee during the day, or swing by after nightfall for fully customised cocktail before heading to a show at the Opera House next door. Not a cocktail expert? Simply pick out a classic from the handy rolodex.

There’s also a selection of bites on offer if you’re feeling peckish, from simple bar snacks to – you guessed it – hot crumpets with a range of sweet and savoury toppings.

109 Manners St, Te Aro

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