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FOODIE CENTRAL

We’d planned a rail trail bike ride but — due to a munted knee — it became an indulgent restaurant journey by road. Central Otago’s culinary diversity is a major drawcard. Top-class eateries tucked away in the most improbable places attract not only outdoor adventurers but foodie vacationers who travel long distances just to enjoy award-winning chefs’ cooking.

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Restaurant Visits

Cuisine Good Food Awards 2016 New Zealand's best restaurants and hat rating.

The best in New Zealand's restaurant scene have been announced, with stalwart The French Cafe ending up on top.

Jan Bilton also visited: The Waikato ‘Tino Reka te Kai Challenge’, Vineyard restaurants in Marlborough, Hectors Restaurant at Heritage Auckland, Zealong Tea House in Hamilton, Rata in Queenstown, The Sugar Club in Auckland, The Food Truck Garage in Auckland, Floriditas in Wellington and Herzog Winery, Restaurant & Bistro in Marlborough.

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FUNKY FUNGI

Funky Fungi. Recipes: Crab-stuffed Mushrooms, Artichoke & Mushroom Pie, Crumble-topped Mushrooms, Mushroom & Blue Cheese Soup.

RECIPE COLLECTION

Enjoy the online recipe library. Recipes and photos by food writer Jan Bilton.

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Celebrate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. From the team that brought you Marlborough on the Menu, winner of the 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Award for Best Food/Wine Guide.

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