An event to truly relish: Pickle Week returns for 2022

An event to truly relish: Pickle Week returns for 2022

An event to truly relish: Pickle Week returns for 2022

Pickle fans should block out their calendars from November 14 because Pickle Week is returning with a range of pickle-inspired creations and activities - including a Pickle Festival.

While International Pickle Day is officially recognised on November 14, several establishments are dedicating a whole week to this auspicious occasion, with some very special menu items available until November 20.

Best Ugly Bagels is bringing back its hugely popular Pickolas Cage Bagel (made with McClure’s Pickles, Zany Zeus Cream Cheese, Tasty Cheese, Fresh Chopped Dill and Onion Soup Mix) available in six Auckland and Wellington outlets. Set to be on the menu for its third year from November 14-20, pickle fans have just seven days to up their bagel game with this creamy, crunchy, zingy delight.

Also making a return after selling out last year, is the DOE Donuts’ Pickle (Dickle) Donut.  Deceptively delicious, this donut is filled with whipped cream cheese, feta and chunks of pickles, topped with a dill pickle glaze and garnished with more pickles. It quite rightly caused a social media frenzy last time around and will be available again from November 16-19 at DOE’s mini pink store in Grey Lynn. 

Wellington’s Dirty Burger and The Kaarage Kid have created the unusual but tantalising Peanut Butter Pickle Shake, made from McClure’s Pickle Juice & Pic's Peanut Butter blended with creamy soft serve.  

Finishing off the week is a Pickle Festival on Sunday, November 20 at Churly’s Brewpub in Mount Eden.  Special items on the festival menu include the Pickle Dog, Corned Beef and Pickle Croquettes, Pickle and Cheese Sando and Fried Pickles. True pickle fans can wash all that down with a glass of Behemoth Brewing Company’s Gold Medal winning Pickle Beer, a Pickle Nick Pickle Juice sour 5.5% and a pickle back. And if you still need more pickles, Cook & Nelson will running a Pickle Stall on the day.

Of course, no festival would be complete without games – and no game could be more appropriate for this festival than pickleball. 

Pickleball is an indoor or outdoor racket/paddle sport where two players, or four players, hit a perforated hollow polymer ball over a 36-inch-high net using solid-faced paddles. Opponents on either side of the net hit the ball back and forth until one side commits a rule infraction (source Wikipedia here).

This family-friendly event kicks off at midday on Sunday, November 20 and finishes at 8pm. 

Becs Caughey, co-owner of Cook & Nelson, distributor of McClure’s Pickles says Pickle Week - and all its pickle-inspired creations - is one of her favourite times of the year. 

“We love collaborating with brands who love pickles as much as we do and we’re stoked to have Churly’s on board for the inaugural McClure’s Pickle Festival –there will be pickle fun for the whole family.”

“Pickles really go with almost anything,” she says, “in previous years we’ve collaborated to create pickle ice cream, pickle soda and this year we’re bringing back the pickle milkshakes and the D’ickle DOE donut,  to the naysayers, try them, you might be pleasantly surprised.”

STORE LOCATIONS AND AVAILABILITY:


BEST UGLY BAGELS

Available : Monday 14th November – Sunday 20th November

  • Cityworks Depot – Corner of Wellesley and Nelson Streets, Auckland City
  • 3A York St, Newmarket, Auckland 
  • Commercial Bay – Lower Albert Street, Auckland 
  • 5 Swan Lane, Te Aro, Wellington 
  • Wellington Airport
  • 153 Featherston Street, Wellington

CHURLY’S

Pickle menu items available: Tuesday 15th November – Sunday 20th November (not available Sat 19th). Pickle Festival on Sunday, November 20 at Churly’s Brewpub in Mount Eden.

  • 1a Charles St, Mt Eden, Auckland

DOE DONUTS

Available: while stocks last at DOE Donuts from Wednesday 16 November - Saturday 19 November 

  • 356 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland


OKERE FALLS

The Pickle King: Pickle chunk brisket/chuck beef patty, cheddar, pickles, pickle brine bacon, pickle infused sour cream, mustard, in a milk bun with a pickle + mozzarella wonton crown. 

Available: this Friday at the Okere Falls weekly Burger Night.

  • 757A State Highway 33, Okere Falls 3074

DIRTY BURGER

Available: Tuesday 15th November – Sunday 20th November

  • 245 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington
  • 237 Jackson St, Petone
  • 144 Main St, Upper Hutt

THE KAARAGE KID

Available: Tuesday 15th November – Sunday 20th November

  • 144 Main St, Upper Hutt
  • 20 Parumoana Street, Porirua

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