the Aristologist

Refresh / Refreshment / Refreshing

The 2021 New Zealand Symposium of Gastronomy will look at the refreshing foods, ideas and liquids that sustain us, enliven our palates and bring us together socially. From breakfast through to digestifs, 'refresh' is a wide concept offering many perspectives for dreaming, discussion and debate.

The Symposium will be held on the weekend of 27-28th November and hosted at Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History in Palmerston North. The programme will be stuffed with good food and drink to entice you to New Zealand's centre of food innovation.

Call for Papers

We are now calling for papers on and off the theme of Refreshment. Papers are typically 20 minutes in duration, although we also welcome short 5-10 minute snippets, longer presentations (according to need), and practical food/drink demonstrations. A short descriptive abstract of the intended presentation should be sent to Juliet Galuszka by 15th October 2021. If accepted for presentation, a final abstract will requested for inclusion in the Symposium programme in the last week of October. A digital copy of the full paper, in a suitable print format, will be requested after your presentation, for archival publication in the Aristologist. Audio-visual requirements and presentation length will be discussed with you upon receipt of the preliminary abstract.


Online registrations will open here on October 18th.

Edible Programme

Friday 26th November

Welcome Dinner at Libre, George Street.

Platters of house-pressed corn chips, pico de gallo, guacamole, Frida's fried chicken, and elotes and tacos, with a delicious selection of cocktails, sangria, locally brewed and international beer and wine from the old and new world. Followed with dessert.

Cost for the welcome dinner is additional to registration. 

Saturday 27 November

Arrive 8am, Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and Heritage

Breakfast pastries available in the morning

Wine tasting, led by Duncan from the Village Wine Trader

Morning, afternoon tea and lunch included in the registration fee.

Banquet dinner at Yatai, a Japanese izakaya. The meal and sake tasting are included in the registration fee. Drinks additional.

Sunday 28 November

Arrive 8am

Morning coffee tasting

Breakfast pastries available

Morning, afternoon tea and lunch included in the registration fee.

Closing: beer or gin tasting at Brew Union, light snacks included.

Vegetarian and vegan options available. Please advise of any food requirements on registration.  

Registration Fees

Full Symposium          $290

One day registration:

Saturday                     $175

Sunday                     $135

The dinner at Libre on Friday, and drinks at the Banquet dinner on Saturday are additional to the registration fees.


Palmerston North is a conveniently centralised city, with many venues within easy, flat walking distance at an affordable rate. Some recommendations include:


Hotel Coachman, 140 Fitzherbert Ave.

800m to the CBD. 1km to Te Manawa

Distinction Palmerston North, 175 Cuba St

250m to Te Manawa


Big Five Motel, 154 Park Road. 1.2 km to Te Manawa. Next to Victoria Esplanade and the Manawatū River, for lovely scenic walks.

Palmerston North Motel, 66 Linton Street. 550m to Te Manawa.


Available all day at Te Manawa, 326 Main Street. 

          On Saturday, paid parking applies from 8.30am to 9pm. 

          Paid parking on Sundays applies from 9am to 3pm.

Off-street parking (as at Te Manawa's parking lot) is $1 an hour, or $5 a day. 

Free on-street parking can be accessed beside the Railway land along Church Street and Main Street. Te Manawa is across the intersection of Main St and Pitt St.

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