Welcome to Kai.
And a more normal life. Catching up with family whanau and friends. Usually over food and a drink of course!
We can now visit our friendly local cafes or restaurants (keeping some social distance of course). And support our local shops - especially the butchers, fish shops and fruit and vegetable retailers. (not to mention barbers and nail salons apparently).
We are really looking forward to visiting local farmers' markets to meet friends, chat, and taste and buy beautiful autumn harvest produce.
During lockdown we have been very busy at Kai, continuing to sell fabulous artisan foods to hungry Kiwis all cross the country. There have been a few minor hiccups with supply, but our artisans are working hard to maintain supply.
We can still send you a wide range of artisan foods to inspire you and make your creations extra special. This is a good time to try some new foods, or even just have a few treats. Food is a great way to show and share the love, and it really does feed the soul as well as the belly.
So please check out our food and beverages made here in Aotearoa, with passion by our talented artisans. From chilli sauces to chocolates. Feijoas and fruit pastes. Sweet treats to salts. Vanilla to vinegars and verjus. Preserves and peanut butters. Cookies and crackers. And our fabulous olive oils.
And if you can't make up your mind, we regularly curate a range of collections of food to make life a little easier for you! Check them out below.
And a bit further down there's a fabulous video from New Zealand Story to enjoy... featuring people that really know their kai. Just to whet your appetite. Happy cooking. Stay well.
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We know that during this difficult time many people, who were not frequent or confident cooks at home, are now having to cook three meals a day, every day. While there are plenty of sources of inspiration ( and yes supermarkets are open), try something a little extra to make your creations even tastier, and your family or whanau even happier. So we have put together some rather tasty collections of foods bits and pieces to help you fill the pantry. We have curated these collections from our range of over 400 fine artisan foods from more than 60 passionate artisan food makers.
Every hamper you buy here will help them at this difficult time. Thank you, and stay well.
But at this difficult time we are running out of stocks for some foods. We are reordering and awaiting deliveries. We will usually try and substitute a specific food with a similar product to make up your collection. So we appreciate your understanding on this!
We love to hear from Kiwis about their food stories.
Or from visitors to our beautiful country - what are your experiences of New Zealand kai?
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local food is not just an idealistic middle class fad, as some cynical commentators claim.
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