Wellington serves up feast fit for Middle-earth

It was an only in Middle-earth experience - a super-charged feast usually reserved for Hobbits and served up by Wellington’s movie-wizards and culinary masters.

Wellington’s iconic Roxy Cinema - in the heart of the creative capital’s film quarter - has transformed into a movie set for a unique foodie event staged as part of the citywide Visa Wellington on a Plate festival.

Unwrapping the Art of Food in Film

Guests at Unwrapping the Art of Food in Film were entertained in original culinary-themed sets from Middle-earth’s Lake-Town, Hobbiton and Rivendell, decked with festive bunting and banquet tables groaning with a Hobbit-inspired feast of glazed hams, haggis, cheese, bread, tarts and pork and cranberry pies.

Fans from Norway, England, Australia were among locals eager to have the rare opportunity to see and experience props and furniture used in filming for The Hobbit Trilogy.

The sets on show included an elegantly carved tall table from Rivendell dressed with beautiful goblets and a dining setting of nuts, fruit and honeycomb from Beorn’s house.

The banquet menu, canapés and live cooking show was presented by Coco at the Roxy, led by Head Chef Nic Spicer. The menu was washed down by Middle-earth inspired cocktails by Ray Letoa.

Weta Workshop artists

Artists from Weta Workshop, along with the films’ food stylist and set dresser, shared tricks of the trade and inside stories on the creative industry behind one of the world’s most ambitious film projects.

Visa Wellington On a Plate is New Zealand’s largest culinary festival, with a film-themed event at Roxy Cinema a regular feature of the August event’s calendar.