What we're about

Have a passion for food and fun? Want to get around the city's eateries and make new friends? You've come to the right place!

We are a very active group, where the social aspect is just as important as the food. But what a great way to make friends, just sitting eating, chatting and enjoying a glass of wine, or 2.

Events vary throughout the year. Although most events are at a variety of restaurants, we also have potluck meals (bring a plate), picnics (especially at summertime events), and visits to food trucks, markets, and festivals. There's often a drinks-and-nibbles event somewhere on a Sunday afternoon.

Please note that because we do make bookings at restaurants, and the venue is then dependent on us turning up, we do insist that you keep your RSVP up-to-date and let us know well in advance if you can no longer attend. Life happens, and we get that; just be courteous and change your RSVP in a timely manner so we can either change the reservation numbers or give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend.

All ages are welcome. The majority of regular attendees tend to be 40+, but we're young-at-heart and have a variety of interests (not all of them food-related!). Membership includes people who have 'always' lived in Christchurch, but also a large number of blow-ins from all corners of the world; we can resemble the United Nations most outings! Couples are also welcome, just come along and join in the group.

And remember, we all started as newbies. All of us remember how difficult it can be to show up for that first Meetup with a group of strangers. We took that first step, and have formed real friendships. Checking out the website is a first step - now take the next step!

There is no 'typical' venue; look through past Meetups to get an idea of where we go, but really, we are open to going anywhere - and welcome your input. The social aspect is a big part of the group, and the best way to take part is to just jump right in. Come to a few Meetups and get to know the regulars. We almost always have a couple newbies on most events, and we'll do our best to make sure you feel welcome.

Upcoming events (3)

Retropolitan Social Club

The Retropolitan Social Club

Retropolitan (Lincoln Road) has a 2-for-1 main meal special on for the month of January. https://www.facebook.com/pg/RetropolitanSocialClub/menu/?p_ref=pa We've been here a few times and always have a good meal, often finished with the dessert fondue. Lovely retro decor. Most mains are $22-28 with a couple over $30; pair up with someone ordering a similar-priced meal and pay about half for your main. (The cheaper of the two mains will be the free one, so it'll be half the cost of the more expensive main.)


Needs a location

A new restaurant with good reviews. Menu: https://www.earl.co.nz/eat/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/earlbistro/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARA6qgRkAKFtT2Na6vctCQkSobZM48LM7ubSs3U2er02Lc9aWI66vspjHWlPLiJeUzs4IS9_aHfqAQdB3ju0hilabXWveLQnpKRA98s&fref=mentions

Sparks and Night Noodle Market

North Hagley Park

Note: Event kicks off at 730pm, but you need to be there earlier to reserve a space. When the first of us arrive, we'll advise where we are located. We're usually pretty easy to find (as we normally sit close to an aisle or edge) but it will help if you have been to a prior event and know what we look like. If you let the organizers know your cell phone number, we can help direct you via text as well as updates here via 'comments'. From the CCC website: A Christchurch tradition! Featuring the spectacular Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the Sparks 2019 programme will range from traditional classics to modern day favourites and a few surprises in between. Sparks pre-show entertainment starts from 6pm. Pack a picnic or grab dinner from one of the food trucks at the event, plus the Night Noodle Markets will be open from 1pm on the day. If wet, Sparks will be postponed to Sunday 17 February in North Hagley Park. For those who haven't been before, fireworks finish off the evening. Night Noodle Market will be open from 1pm that day. (There will likely be other food trucks available as well, or you can take a picnic.) https://www.nightnoodlemarkets.nz/christchurch/ Note: if you show up closer to the start time of 730pm you may not be able to sit with the group as it will be difficult for those getting there early to save spaces.

Past events (461)

Brunch at Rowdy Kitchen

rowdy kitchen cafe and bar

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