Simon Day, special podcast guest Lara Mannis, Alice Neville, Sophie Gilmour, and Duck Island's Trish Harrison and Cameron Farmilo (Photo: Tina Tiller)

Food podcast: In which we go to Duck Island and eat a lot of ice cream

Dietary Requirements is The Spinoff’s monthly podcast in which we eat, drink and talk about it too, with special thanks to Freedom Farms.

The Dietary Requirements crew had been anticipating the arrival of Duck Island’s first non-Hamilton shop for months, so when the dreamy ice cream parlour finally opened its doors in Ponsonby, we thought what better way to celebrate than by recording a bloody podcast there.

Amidst sky-high towers of ice cream, traffic noise and bottles of wine hidden in brown paper bags, we discussed NZ’s ridiculously high per-capita ice-cream consumption, learnt the origin story of the best thing to come out of Hamilton since Daniel Vettori, and were unexpectedly graced by the presence of Mr Eat Lit Food himself, Albert Cho.

*Big ups to Lara Mannis, who successfully bid for a Spinoff podcast experience at a charity auction for UpsideDowns, a trust that provides funding for speech language therapy for kids with Down syndrome. Of all The Spinoff’s excellent podcasts she could have chosen, Lara wisely opted to join the recording of Dietary Requirements and we loved having her along to help us eat all the ice cream.

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The Spinoff’s food content is brought to you by Freedom Farms. They believe talking about food is nearly as much fun as eating it, and they’re excited to facilitate some good conversations around food provenance in Aotearoa New Zealand.


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