A rural menu

For those who have a love for the country, a wedding day set amongst rustic barns and open fields is an idyllic slice of paradise.

  • Story by Photo Kate MacPherson

For those who have a love for the country, a wedding day set amongst rustic barns and open fields is an idyllic slice of paradise. We look at how this dictates what you can serve your guests.

RURAL
When it comes to rural weddings, garden-to-table eating is the hottest trend. Guests can wander through the vegetable plots and then enjoy dishes created from the freshly picked produce. Riverstone Kitchen, with its extensive kitchen gardens, orchards and vistas of the Alps, pioneered this simple and seasonal approach.
Ingredients are grown onsite or sourced locally and you can enjoy them on the deck or beside a roaring fire. This place is perfect for family weddings as there’s a playroom and a lawn for the kids. 

And then there’s Abbeville Farm Estate, a quaint homestead, barn and 1800s chapel set on 11 acres of land, that’s due to open in Auckland in March 2012. Their menu will evolve around what’s grown seasonally in the estate’s vege and herb garden, as well as locally sourced organic, free-range produce. ‘People like to hear the story of where their food comes from,’ explains Sue Fleischl.


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