Second Helpings of Wellington on a Plate

Wellingtonians are getting a second helping of the capital's food festival with the return of Wellington on a Plate.

Shepherd Elliot, owner and chef of Shepherd Restaurant, said the announcement of the festival's restart was both a relief and mad scramble.

The food festival will run for up to four weeks after it was put on hold 17 days into the festival.

Elliott spent the remaining hours in level 3 dashing around town collecting ingredients, with a team of five prepping in the kitchen.

Shepherd's Restaurant had done three of its five festival events when the country went into lockdown, but its biggest is on hold indefinitely.

'Shepherd on the Interislander' was to be a collaboration with the ferry company where for one night, guests could experience cocktails, canapes, a three-course meal and live music as the Kaitaki floated around the Matiu/Somes Island.

Elliot hopes the festival will draw more people through the doors, despite the lack of excitement compared to coming out of lockdown last year.

Raechal Ferguson from Field and Green lost 1000 bookings when its pop-up bar Salonika was closed for lockdown. Ferguson reached out to those whose bookings had been cancelled, and spaces were quickly filling up again.

With the surprising amount of uptake, Salonika will be extended to run for three weeks instead of two.

Festival ratings will also return at level 2 and diners will be able to rate the food and drink and they've tried on the website.