Wellingtonians you can still get your burger fix!
Visa Wellington On a Plate returns on Wednesday, September 8, for an extra four weeks at level 2.
NZ’s capital was 17 days into the festival and five days into Burger Wellington when the more than 300 restaurants, bars, cafes and eateries participating had to close their doors along with the rest of the country as the country entered level 4 lockdown on the 17th of August.
The majority of restaurants involved with the festival had decided to go forward with events, burgers and cocktails at level 2, and at this stage, more than 90 per cent of the festival events are still scheduled to go ahead.
The extra four weeks will help with the fact that festival venues are able to serve fewer people under level 2 restrictions, with numbers limited to 50 inside a venue.
Speaking to Stuff, Chef and Shepherd Restaurant owner Shepherd Elliot said the announcement Wellington On A Plate was back on was both “a relief and a bit of a scramble”.
“We had a plan for level 2, and today’s been all hands on deck getting us ready.”
“Getting the ingredients themselves on short notice is quite difficult,” Elliot shared.
“You’re looking at three days to get the restaurant ready.”
Their burger would be available from tomorrow at a food truck outside Bunnings on Tory St, an upgrade on the classic Bunnings snag we are so familiar with.
The restaurant had done three of their five total festival events when the country was put into lockdown, but their biggest was on hold indefinitely.
‘Shepherd on the Interislander’ was a collaboration, for just one night only, where attendees could experience a night of cocktails, canapes, a three-course meal and live music as the Kaitaki sailed-round Matiu/Somes Island.
He hoped Wellington On A Plate would encourage people to get out and dine. “This lockdown, coming out of lockdown this time feels a bit different. There’s not quite the excitement of last time. It’ll be interesting to see the uptake this time around.”
It was a relief to be back in business, and especially to have the festival back on the table.
Something tells us that Wellingtonians will be running to buy a delicious burger at level 2!
Event organisers and iTicket will contact ticket holders with updates.