Rakaia SalmonHamilton CentralOffering melt-in-your-mouth hot manuka-smoked salmon to Waikato market-goers, The Rakaia Salmon stall is a must-stop when you make your morning rounds. You can find Rakaia Salmon at Cambridge Farmers’ Market every Saturday, Hamilton Farmers’ Market every Sunday, Te Awamutu Farmers’ Market every Thursday, as well as the less-frequent local Waikato markets like Gordonton and Tamahere Country Market. Visit their website at www.rakaiasalmon.com for stall locations and days, and get ready for perfection to grace your tastebuds!
The Fish VanHamilton CentralNo matter where I go in the Waikato, I always will run into The Fish Van. This is a mobile seafood shop that operates rain or shine and I love that you get awesome local knowledge and service as well as the chance to take home smoked and fresh fish, mussels, eel and scallops. They also serve up another specialty - Pokeno Bacon products. Yum! Hot tip: To find out where the van will be each day, hit up their website at www.thefishvan.co.nz
- 11I highly recommend tasting a brew from this small scale family run brewery. Passionate about their craft, they produce distinct flavours. Stop by on a summery afternoon to sample their beer at The Pour House, which also does yummy food.
Hot Water Brewing CompanyWhitiangaAs it’s name suggests, this bar and restaurant is located really close to Hot Water Beach. This makes it a great spot to enjoy a meal and a cold pint after a day spending a day on the coast. Tip: Look out for their summer festivals and music events.
Petal PassionCambridgeThe florists at Petal Passion have a lot of positive feedback. Their bouquets and arrangements are beautiful, offering both classic and alternative styles. Why not switch the red roses this year for these gorgeous bright sunflowers? If you know your girl’s favourites, you can call and ask for those, or if you’re keeping the secret, order online for special delivery!
Flowers on PollenThamesThis florist has an amazing selection of roses. Ideal for valentines, have a look through their pink and red bunches with optional vases, chocolates and teddy bears. What I like most about the flowers here, are the wonderful colour contrasts as combinations. Have a look for yourself and find something your special someone will love!