Forage & Feast operates with sustainability in mind to showcase our local food produce and stories. We are on a journey to make sure we are sustainable as a business economically, socially and environmentally.
Forage & Feast proudly supports these local charities
Food for Love
Food for Love was originally founded by Rebecca Sarginson (Bex) and Louise Carney. Food for Love is a group of volunteers that provide a home-cooked meal to a family or individual that needs just little extra help.
Since then the volunteer group has become a well know community group, helping many families and individuals in the area. Food for Love personifies Forage & Feast's values around food bringing people together and a time when people need it the most.
Community Networks Wanaka is a social services organisation to provide welfare and support to the local community. The Community Networks Food Bank is a vital resource for many in the Wanaka community and provides fresh and non perishable essential items to those in need in our community.
Eat New Zealand
This is the place to Eat New Zealand.
We are a not-for-profit New Zealand food movement dedicated to connecting people to our land through our food.
Eat NZ believes our home grown food is world class. The quality of our produce, the skill, creativity and passion of our people, and our spirit of respect and openness means the food we create is of the highest global standard.
Sustainability & Our Values
One of our core principles is operating in sustainable and ethical ways, ensuring we protect our wonderful region for future generations.
We aim to do this in a number of ways and acknowledge, like many others, that we are on a journey and not at our final destination. We always welcome ideas to make improvements on our sustainability mission; for the environment, our community and our economy.
Our core values are
at the core of what we do:
hospitality, sharing our place with people
bringing people together, connection
Love of good food
quality, local, experience
Tangata (people), family, unique stories
All of our partners have been carefully selected for their excellent produce and approach to growing, farming or producing, preferring sustainably farmed, free-range or organic produce whenever possible.
What we are doing?
We are a proud supporter of Tourism New Zealand’s Tiaki Promise – to care and look after Aotearoa (New Zealand) for now and future generations.
Love Wānaka connects our visitors and visitor industry to projects of impact in our region, raising funds to support those who are tackling the climate crisis right here in Wānaka. We’re all about supporting a unique, localised response to the challenges and opportunities of high-volume visitation, with targeted and strategic funding to those who know best. We now donate $10 per guest to the fund to help support our local climate initiatives.
Forage & Feast aims to be a business with purpose, shining a light on, and telling the stories of, our food and hospitality industry.
A percentage of all profits are given back to the local community via key food programs such as Food for Love and Community Networks’
Food Bank, as well as wanting to explore new initiatives to help our tamariki better understand the whenua and how to grow amazing local, fresh produce and turn it into something amazing.
As a new business, we are at the start of this exciting road to a better future and will be exploring other ways we can give back, including
looking at the Tourism Industry Aotearoa Tourism Sustainability Commitment and setting goals for the next 2-3 years.
Carbon and Waste
We are at the start of our journey to carbon zero by 2030 and have started to monitor and measure our emissions. We have invested in a hybrid van (for groups up to 7 people), we weigh our waste after each trip and actively look to reduce this. We are always searching for ways to be better in this space.