Summer in the Square

Summer in the Square kicked off on Wednesday 2nd of December in Aotea Square, transforming the concrete city centre space into a Christmasey haven for shoppers, children, office workers, and passers by. A giant Christmas tree, a square of lush (fake) lawn, bean bags, deck chairs, live music and vege gardens all added to the atmosphere, and the Food Space family of vendors brought new flavours to the space.

Running daily throughout December, January and February, the pop-up features a new mix of vendors each day. Each vendor brings a new menu, energy and new stories to the space. Here are a few that have made an appearance so far:

Lalele Organic have some of the most interesting gelato flavours you’ll ever find, ranging from orange and cardamon, avocado, coconut and french tarragon, through to the raspberry, coconut and rosemary - always a crowd pleaser. When quizzed on the origin of the name, Nathan and Mulan (the owners) tell us they just made it up.

Fritz’s Bavarian-style Weiners have been popular with the punters, and the team selling them are always up for a chat. Their hot dogs are amazing, but we recommend grabbing hold of some extra napkins if you're heading to a meeting or a date afterwards. Things can get a little messy, in a very good way. If you’re up for a challenge they do a double banger with two sausies in one bun.

Masala Dosa serve incredible South Indian vegetarian food, that even the staunchest meat eater will be impressed by. Dosa is a fermented crepe made from rice batter, stuffed with potatoes and served with a spicy sambal.

Dip It have the cutest little caravan, and lets face it, you can never go wrong with hot chips. Wilder and Hunt are completely the opposite with a beast of a food truck, and hearty yet healthy options. No grains, no sugars, no artificial anything. The chicken 'taco' is dam good.

If you happen to be in the square when Toro Churro are, make sure you stop by. Popping these fried-dough pastries in your mouth is a little moment of pure happiness. They’re also drizzled with chocolate sauce, caramel, or both.

That’s just a few of the crew, and each day is different. If you don’t get down before Christmas, make sure you get down to Aotea Square in the new year for good people, good tunes and great food.