Cafe chat: In memory of cider maker Alex Peckham

Caroline and Alex Peckham taste some of their cider.  Alex Peckham died earlier this month after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour.

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Caroline and Alex Peckham taste some of their cider. Alex Peckham died earlier this month after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour.

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In memory of Alex Peckham

Alex Peckham, the founder of one of New Zealand’s best-known cider houses, Peckham’s, died earlier in April – three months after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and six weeks before his 60th birthday.

He founded the business with his wife Caroline by planting a few cider trees in Moutere, Tasman, in 2004. Since then their products have won numerous awards and graced the shelves of supermarkets and bars across the country.

Peckham’s family posted on Facebook that a celebration of Peckham’s life would be held at a later date.

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In addition to cider, his passions included sailing and his family, they said.

“Alex’s legacy lives on in his ciders and those who celebrate and drink them.”

In Canterbury, The Laboratory in Lincoln will hold a five-course tasting dinner, with matching cider, in Peckham’s memory on Saturday. All proceeds will be donated to the charity chosen by the Peckham family. Ticket prices are $80 to $120, depending on how much you wish to donate. Call 03 325 3006 to book.

“Alex was a true orchard and cider house genius and we express our deepest condolences to Caroline, her family and the entire Peckham team,” the Lab team wrote in a Facebook post.

Christchurch bar Moon Under Water also posted on their Facebook page that Peckham was “a truly lovely human being and a giant of the cider industry, not only in New Zealand but respected around the world”.

One of the new dishes on Miro's autumn menu: fish from the Vichyssoise market, warm potato and olive salad, Vichyssoise sauce and cos lettuce.

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One of the new dishes on Miro’s autumn menu: fish from the Vichyssoise market, warm potato and olive salad, Vichyssoise sauce and cos lettuce.

New menu for Miro

Popular Oxford restaurant Tce Miro has a great passion for New Zealand produce, which is celebrated in their food and drink options.

Executive Chef Liam and Executive Chef Lucas’ new fall menu showcases innovative dishes with the finest kiwi produce available.

Restaurant manager Ana-Maria Didenco describes the dishes as featuring “fun, earthy, autumnal flavor combinations.

New dishes include smoked brisket with olive oil potato gratin, apple miso butter mash, celery and granny smith gremolata, and kumara cutlet with quinoa salad, shiitake ponzu, spicy kumara puree and caramelized onion broth.

The Christchurch Night Market is back this Saturday, open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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The Christchurch Night Market is back this Saturday, open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Saturday night market returns

The Christchurch Night Market is back this Saturday after a Covid-induced hiatus.

The Bush Inn-based market has dozens of stalls offering everything from arts and crafts to grilled meats and Egyptian donuts.

The market is open every week from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

If you’re more vegan, Vegan Night Mākete is also back on Saturdays from 3:30-7pm with vegan food, cruelty-free products and live music.

As one market returns, another closes for the season as The Greenhouse Market team decides to take a winter break.

Their latest market, from 9.30am to 1pm on Station Rd in Heathcote, will feature coffee, pastries, organic vegetables, plant sales and pierogi.

Also this weekend, the Hōtoke Winter Market at The Tannery from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, featuring local artisans, designers, food stalls and live music, as well as in-store sales and promotions from mall retailers.

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