What an excellent idea, just a shame I don’t like seafood.
A group of commuters leaving downtown Auckland tonight will spend their short ferry journey enjoying seafood soup and white wine at a pop-up restaurant.
Chefs Andreas Eggmann and Benjamin Barton, who run POPdining, are holding their latest dining event on the 7pm ferry to Devonport in an attempt to get more people using public transport.
The pair founded the business two years ago as a vehicle for challenging attitudes towards food waste, the dining experience and other social issues.
Eggmann said the premise of tonight’s event was to get people engaged with public transport and create a positive experience for the dining commuters.
“The idea is to bring more awareness to the public transport issue in New Zealand.
“By making it imperative that you must use public transport to be part of this experience, we hope to get people used to, and encouraged by, the idea of public transport.”
It also provided the opportunity for people to explore different parts of the city, he said.
“It should be a pretty interesting experiment. It’s a bit of a flash mob dining experience.”
Thirty-two diners will be seated at four tables during the short journey, eating their entree and sipping a glass of wine.
Upon their arrival at Devonport, they will walk a few metres to The Esplanade Bar & Grill for their main meal and dessert.
Although it does almost seem like it is just for those that have pre-booked so is only really using PT as a way to get people to a restaurant rather than being something special for PT users.
Eggmann said the pair had “a bit of a battle” convincing ferry operators Fullers to permit tonight’s event but had eventually managed to sell their vision.
They hoped to “get the ball rolling” tonight and then use it to leverage the support of Auckland Transport to hold future events.
“From this we plan to hold following events using the trains, buses, and biking lanes,” Eggmann said.
Another event could start at Britomart train station, with a course served on the train en route to a dining experience at a station somewhere in the surrounding city, he said.
POPdining events are multi-course dinners, usually for 60-70 people, served at large communal tables, with each course served on large shared plates.
Tickets for tonight’s three-course ferry meal cost $50 but it has already sold out.
Still I like that PT is being used in this way as a point of difference, after all you couldn’t do this on a motorway with everyone in their cars. In some ways it is a take on on of may favourite PT videos.
I look forward to seeing what else they might do.