Treats to tempt your taste buds


Denheath custard square

In New Zealand we call it the custard square. In France it’s a mille-feuille. A delicious layered pastry cake dating back to the 16th century, Timaru's take on the iconic custard square is a fluffy, high rise, melt-in-your-mouth, rich and creamy version we know you'll love. Denheath custard squares are available from cafes all over town. You can also buy them from the Denheath factory on Mill Street.

Canterbury syrah

Local vineyard Point Bush Estate’s Canterbury Syrah (2010) is one of our best-loved tipples. A superb example of a Canterbury bordeaux, with a smooth and well balanced palate. This wine has a deep burgundy hue with a distinctive notes of berry fruits, plums and cherries. It took out the bronze medal in the Canterbury Wine Awards in 2012. Grab a bottle from Point Bush Estate, 228 Point Bush Road, Waimate (about 45 kilometres south of Timaru).

Empanada from Food Haven

Kiwis love their pies. And this one’s not to be missed. Timaru eatery Food Haven is offering a Filipino street pie with a Spanish twist called an empanada. Empanada is the Spanish word for pastry – at Food Haven yours comes baked or deep fried and filled with a combination of meat (chicken, beef or pork), potatoes, carrots, raisins or sultanas, peas, onion, garlic, paprika and a whole lot of secret spices. You’ll find Food Haven in Timaru’s Royal Arcade from Tuesday to Saturday.

Real fruit ice creams

If you’re here in summer, look out for Strawberry Divine’s homemade, real fruit ice creams sold on the road side. Create your own flavour from frozen yoghurt or ice cream and locally-grown berries and fruit. While you’re there, pick up a box of Strawberry Divine’s sweet, organic strawberries. Pick up from Te Ngawai Road, Pleasant Point.

Wild venison pie

2 Stags Café wild venison pie is one of our favourite café dishes. If you see it on the menu, be sure to order it. Made by slowly stewing wild Fiordland venison and wrapping it in pastry to make a delicious venison pie. Find 2 Stags Café at 209 Stafford Street.