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QTMAGAZINE SPRING 2016
LOCAL & REGIONAL DELIGHTS
& GOODIES FOR THE HOME
9.00AM – 2.00PM
FROM 22ND OCT 2016
A COMMUNITY MARKET BROUGHT TO YOU BY
REMARKABLES PARK LIMITED
The Empanada Kitchen owners Rebecca and Mauro
Viale take pride in their successful food business which
is an integral part of the Remarkables Market.
“We always remind ourselves of our mantra – ‘simple
things done well.’ To us that means quality, tasty,
reasonably priced and readily available,” says Mauro.
“Aimed at the ‘working class hero’ we make our
empanadas by hand in small batches according to what
is available and in season.”
The business was launched after the couple tested
their products out at local markets to find the perfect
“The empanada’s size, shape, flavour and price were all
determined by customer feedback. We knew we were
on to a good thing and three years ago opened our
small kiosk on Earnslaw Park which is open 10.00am to
6.00pm every day.”
The flavours of their South American and European
inspired pastries change regularly which customers relish.
“I have made 100 different flavours over the last few
years and am always coming up with new ones to try.
We make Chimi and Aji sauces as well that are available
in select retail stores around New Zealand. We won the
NZ Cuisine Artisan Awards in 2015 with our Aji and it’s
become a great seller nationally,” says Rebecca.
“We love catching up with regulars at the Remarkables
Market and fellow foodies such as Zamora, whose meat
products we use in our empanadas. This season we also
have merchandise available because customers are always
asking if they can purchase t-shirts with our cute logo.”
Knitting should be a beautiful experience according to
Michelle Stewart of Wanaka’s online knitting and wool
shop, The Woven.
Having knitted all her life Michelle says there is an
emotional connection to the craft.
“My nana taught me and she was my favourite person in
the world so it was very empowering. I reconnected with
knitting when I was pregnant but found wool shops to be
intimidating and not a great shopping experience.”
This encouraged Michelle to set up her own contemporary
online wool shop, where customers all over the world can
source high quality New Zealand wool, modern patterns
“ We promote peaceful calm knitting which is healthy
and good for you. Making something with your hands is
wonderful and knitting is now very cool.”
The business has grown rapidly in 12 months with Michelle
developing her own bespoke patterns and knitting kits.
“My first designer pattern has been a runaway success
after I made and photographed the garment then put it up
on Pinterest as a free pattern,” she says.
“The knitting world went crazy for it particularly after it
was featured in the Australian Women’s Weekly. American
knitters love it and we get over 100 website hits daily from
the USA alone.”
Michelle hosts a regular Knit Club in Wanaka and has pop
up stores around the country.
“We all learn and share together which is a wonderful
progression for those lacking confidence. I like going to
the Remarkables Market because so many people stop to
buy wool and talk about their projects. There is a whole
lot of love out there for knitting. Everything about setting
up this business has been empowering and uplifting – an
absolute eye opening journey.”
Barbara Poot’s Wine Country Creations products
are a significant advocate for Central Otago
Her hand crafted “perfectly imperfect” wooden
platters; cheese boards and candelabras are
made from recycled French Oak wine barrels
sourced from local vineyards.
Barbara is passionate about the Central Otago
“People love to find out where the wood in our
products comes from so they can buy the wine.
I get them from the likes of The Wooing Tree,
Amisfield and Gibbston Valley but am always on
the lookout for more.”
“The Central Otago pinot soaks into the oak so
some platters have a dark rich patina that adds
to their uniqueness. It’s a beautiful connection
nurturing and crafting the wood into something
Barbara’s innovative kitchen and dining range
has been promoted on television and in
magazines around the country. She is kept busy
in her Wanaka studio where her father-in-law
sometimes joins her.
“Grandie is 83, lives in Hawkes Bay and when
he visits he makes the wooden wineglass flights.
We have fun in the workshop and I have learnt a
lot from him.”
Barbara says the Remarkables Market is the
most professionally run event in the region.
“I am one of the original stallholders and my
customers always look forward to reconnecting.
It’s a lovely location with a nice family
environment and outdoor setting. It’s a real
weekend destination for locals and visitors.”
WINE COUNTRY CREATIONS
Blossom image credit: Jane Guy
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