Slow Food, founded in 1986, is an international organization whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food and life. Though a variety of initiatives it promotes gastronomic culture, develops taste education, conserves agricultural biodiversity and protects traditional foods at risk of extinction. It now boasts over 100,000 members in 153 countries.

Slow Food Auckland, formerly Slow Food Waitakere, is registered as a charitable entity. Registration Number: CC38263, please click here to read our Rules and Regulations

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Oratia Beauty, our Ark of Taste New Zealand apple, is ready!!

Slow Food supports biodiversity and heirloom food, and at Slow Food Auckland we are always on the search for such produce! So in line with this philosophy two years ago we successfully registered one of our local apples to the Ark of Taste, the SF catalogue of heirloom and endangered food, pledging our support to the producers and keepers of the last trees so that they will not disappear.

And our apple is: 

Where to buy Oratia Beauty apples

I have just bought my apples from the Dragicevich Orchard, and since the season is short I invite you all to stop by the orchard's shed at 556 West Coast Rd, Oratia, just next to the dairy, on your way home or on your way to the West Coast beaches this weekend!  Oratia apples are only $5 for a big 3kg bag, and they are the first apples of the season too! As a bonus there are still plums at the orchard now, including Luisa, one of my favourite varieties.

What to do with Oratia Beauty apples

Oratia Beauty apples are crispy and a little sour, and perfect for apple pies and cakes, so feel free to share your recipes with Slow Food Auckland and we can upload them on our blog if you like!

This is my recipe, it is very simple yet delicious, and if you slice the apples finely they will almost melt into the cake! Scrumptious!

Oratia Beauty Sliced Apple Cake

This is an incredibly simple and quick recipe that makes an amazing apple cake! 


Rind from 1 lemon, plus the lemon juice
5 Oratia Beauty apples
150 g butter
200 g sugar
4 eggs
250 g self raising flour
Icing sugar to dust (optional)

Peel, core and slice the apples into rings, spray with lemon juice.
Melt the butter and mix with the sugar. 
Add the eggs, flour and lemon rind, then fold in the apple slices. 
Line the bottom of a 20cm round baking tin with baking paper and grease the sides with butter. 
Pour the cake mixture into the tin and bake at 180°C for approximately 45 minutes. 
Wait 5 minutes then reverse on a serving plate. 
Dust with icing sugar. 

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

Thank you for supporting our New Zealand heritage produce and small producers!

Slow Honey Harvest - Cancellation

Hi all
Please be advised that the Slow Honey Harvest event on the 18th of February is cancelled and is not a public event. Any queries call Andrea on 0220668875.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Almost Free Event - Slow Honey Harvest Feb 18th 2017

It's honey harvest time!

Saturday February 18th - 9am start, 12.30pm sausage sizzle and lunch. 

Get the low down on bees and honey! 

Come along and see how the honey is extracted from the Auckland Beekeepers Club hives, spun in the Unitec kitchens and bottled. 

Please bring a gold coin donation, a plate to share and a blanket or camp chair to sit on to eat your lunch. 

(Use entrance 2 from Carrington Road (it is clearly signposted). Enter the apiary through the gates beside the pedestrian crossing just past the Mason Clinic. 

Parking is available on the grass by the apiary. In winter it may be too boggy to park on the grass so you will need to park on the roadside and walk in.). Warning: there will be live bees present! :)


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