Elemental AKL 2022: Feasts of Legends


Mother's Feast

Au Co is often honoured as the mother of Vietnamese civilisation and this evening will lead diners through the creation myth of the Vietnamese people. Of how an immortal mountain snow fairy married Lac Long Quan - the Dragon Lord - and bore an egg sac, hatching 100 children - the original ancestors of the Vietnamese people. A sumptuous five-course dinner is interwoven with Vietnamese cultural performances as your host guides you through the dishes and explores the significance of this
riveting legend.

Where: Nem Vietnamese Fusion House, 311 Parnell Rd.

When: Thursday, July 28, 6:00 – 9.00 PM

Royal Feast

Experience a feast fit for a king, as you indulge in this Korean culinary journey, taken from the time of Tangun, the first King of Korea. Hear how the ruler of heaven, Hwanin, sent his son, the heavenly prince Hwangun, to bring happiness to the world and how Hwangun sired Tangun, who founded the country Chosun and ruled it for 150 years.  This evening promise food for both the body and the soul.

Where: Hansik, Victoria Park Market, 19 Drake Street, Freemans Bay.

When: Saturday, July 16, 6:00 – 9.00 PM

Eternal Feast

Join the great Italian chef Sergio Maglione as he serves up his interpretation of a Naples Sunday long lunch paired with Italian wine. Learn about Italian eating superstitions, how it's bad luck not to make eye contact when raising your glass, or why you should never have 13 people at the table. All the while, as you share food and stories over a lazy Sunday afternoon, guests will be entertained by an Italian children's choir. 

Where: Farina, 244 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby.

When: Sunday, 31 July 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Fire Feast

Experience the Torch Festival, a shared traditional festival of the Yi, Naxi, and Bai people in Sichuan and Southwestern China.  Guests will learn about the Mongol origins of the hot pot and how it gained popularity across China and Asia. The festival will be brought to life with a rarely seen performance of "bian lian" or face-changing dance. 

Where: Xiaolongkan, Building 8/666 Great South Rd, Ellerslie.

When: Saturday, July 23,
6:00 – 9.00 PM

Combining hospitality, dining, storytelling, and performances, these events will combine theatrical story-telling, cultural performances, and culinary delights, to open a window to the soul of these cultures, linking the past, present and future.