Book now for Dunedin's only chocolate tour. Ocho is a craft bean-to-bar chocolate maker, making fine flavour, single origin chocolate from cacao beans grown in the Pacific that are fair traded and fully traceable. Learn about chocolate making right from where cacao is grown to how it is crafted into bars. Walk inside the factory and see the OCHO team roast, grind, temper and wrap chocolate by hand. Taste the difference between cacao from Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Fiji and walk away feeling good about craft chocolate. In divine flavours, such as Horipito & Kawakawa, and The Beekeeper's Bar (made with Manuka honey and real bee pollen), Ocho chocolate is also available to taste and buy at the Otago Farmers Market.
10 Roberts Street
It started with a cow. The Evansdale Cheese story begins in 1978 when the Dennison family cow started producing more milk than the family could use. Today 1,500 litres of locally produced milk is used every day to produce 20 - 30 different varieties of cheese – quite the step up!
Available to try at the Otago Farmers every Saturday morning, and for purchase from local supermarkets. Or hop in a car and go visit at 4 Duncan Ave, Hawksbury Village (15 mins from Dunedin).
Spelt Bakery on Highgate
Fig and cranberry sourdough, 100% wholemeal spelt flour loaf and traditional gingerbread are just some of the artisan breads baked daily at Spelt on Highgate. Also the makers of Dunedin's best sausage roll (lamb and harissa - as voted by locals), get in early before the local devotees clean out the cabinets.
Winemaker Brendan Seal has opened the doors on his inner-city winery, Urbn Vino, where Pinot Noir is the tipple of choice. Set in the Terminus heritage building, its tasting room is also where the wine magic happens, giving guests the flavour of Central Otago the world class wine-producing region sitting in Dunedin’s backyard. With his own wine, produced from those same vineyards, fermenting on the premises, Brendan is keen to engage with real people who drink quality wine.
42 Queens Gardens
Arc Brewing Co.
A new destination brewery has set up shop in the shimmering surrounds of Blueskin Bay, just 18 minutes north of Dunedin. Already a massive hit with the locals, Arc is the latest addition to the blossoming craft beer scene in the city with ultra-fresh brews that sell out on a daily basis. Currently only open on Saturdays and Sundays, the brewery is an awesome spot for a relaxed bevvy accompanied by food truck fare of the day.
1870 Waikouaiti-Waitati Rd
Wild Dispensary is a herbal remedy and tonic company based in Dunedin, Otago. Its products are handmade in small batches using wild harvested herbs. The tonic blends are designed to support all year-round wellness. The busy owners ensure almost all the plants and herbs are harvest in Otago, from the foothills of the Southern Alps to the dry mountains of Central Otago. Their newest product ‘Fire Cider’ is adapted from an old European gypsy recipe and infused with potent native New Zealand herbs for a dose of goodness that super-powers the immune system. Find them on Saturday mornings at the Otago Farmers’ Market or online.
Wild Fennel Co., are producers of gourmet seasonings inspired by traditional flavour pairings from around the world. Designed to be simple to use, versatile and full of flavour, our seasonings will enhance your favourite recipes and inspire new creations. Its H.Q. is in Port Chalmers’s supplier of New Zealand-made artisan foods, cookbooks and gifts, The Port Pantry, but it is available online and has stockists all over the place.
23 George Street, Port Chalmers
New New New Corporation brewery
Offering a blossoming range of fermented beverages to influencers and taste-makers worldwide, New New New knows what it’s about. The aptly named ‘Fear Not’ smoked eel stout and the ‘Iron Dragon Waving Cat’ Chinese Tea Oat ale hint at the amazingly named, wonderful tasting range of beer, with equally praise-worthy label designs.
218 Crawford Street