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Hungry? Lots to eat at the Race Village!

 

 

Taking a walk round the Volvo Ocean Race village can work up quite an appetite. In the interests of satisfying such hunger pangs, the intrepid reporters of the Auckland Stopover media team went for a look at the food on offer.

 

First stop was Banger Boys gourmet sausages. Billie Neilson and her business partner Will Keely have been hawking their wares round the big sporting events for three years. They offer their own brand of lamb, beef or pork sausages (all gluten-free) in an artisan bread roll, garnished with caramelised onion, aioli and handmade sauces. A new item on the menu is the Banger Boys burger, a 160g pure Angus beef pattie with sauces, aioli and mayonnaise.

 

The sausages are meaty and delicious, but the standout is the beef pattie. The meat has been ground very fine, resulting in a dense and moist pattie without compromising on flavour. Recommended.

 

Banger Boys also cater for private parties and functions.

 

Sausage in roll - $7.50

Burger - $9.50

www.bangerboys.co.nz

 

Next up was Piggy’s Pies. Again, this is a company that only sells its products at events such as the Rugby World Cup and the World Rowing Championships. Dave O’Hagan and his partner Dion Ashton have been in business since 2010, and buy the pies from Luvapie in Otahuhu. The most popular flavours are pepper steak, steak and cheese, vegetarian, mince and cheese, and steak. Sausage rolls are also available.

 

Pies - $5

Sausage rolls - $4

www.piggypies.com

 

Last stop on the lunchtime stroll was the Fired Wood Oven Pizza Company. Rob Roughan’s mobile units have been serving pizzas for four years at corporate events and, in the summer, when there is one, at music festivals around the region.

 

Rob and his team sell five flavours of pizza – margherita, Italian sausage with olives, ham and mushroom, smoked salmon and crème fraiche, and smoked chicken and cranberry. They make their own dough and sauces, and when possible age the dough for a day for better flavour. Rob also imports a range of wood-fired pizza ovens from Italy for the domestic market.

 

The sausage and olive pizza we sampled was excellent – the base was thin and crisp, the wood-fired flavour was pronounced, and the olives were split and stoned – a nice touch.

 

10-inch pizza - $15-$18

www.firedpizzaovens.co.nz

 

After all that food, what better than a good coffee? And that’s just what Nomad Espresso provides. They have a fleet of mobile vans, supplying sporting events in Auckland. Their preferred brand of beans is Allpress.

 

Small coffee - $4

Large coffee - $5

www.nomadespresso.co.nz

 

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