2018 Participant: The Fat Farmer


Taranaki was recently judged one of the world’s top regions to visit by Lonely Planet, with a number of its eateries making the grade. Sitting beneath a picture-perfect mountain, the region’s world class dairy sector has emerged from this lush volcanic landscape, as has an ability to grow just about anything. Both factors have influenced the region’s cuisine, with exquisite cuts of meat, diverse dairy production and locally grown produce featuring strongly, with fresh fish and rich stocks of kai moana adding to the wonderfully diverse array of taste experiences. Through its cuisine you’ll experience Taranaki’s laid-back coastal culture, its innovative heart, and its legendary spirit of hospitality.

Taranaki’s tipples of choice are craft beer and coffee, and both are brewed to perfection, generally organically, and exported around the world, along with almost all of the region’s food production.

Plate of Origin Dish coming soon

Hero Products coming soon


Palmerston North’s latest re-fit, formally The Village Inn Kitchen was renovated by local design company Palette Design in January 2016 and reopened in February 2016 as The Fat Farmer. The Fat Farmer introduces a taste of rural Manawatu into the heart of Hokowhitu. Where possible all the produce is sourced fresh from local growers. Small plates are a feature on The Fat Farmer menu. However a full menu is available for those wanting a special dining experience in a more relaxed environment right in the heart of Palmerston North’s most popular residential area.

CHEF | Janet Gray

janet-grayGrowing up in the Manawatu, Janet Gray worked part time as a kitchen hand while studying at Wanganui polytechnic at Christopher’s Restaurant where she worked for two years as a commis chef after completing the course. Janet then moved to the bright lights of Wellington and worked at Dockside Restaurant, Boulcott St Bistro, Copita Eatery & Wine bar and the Tasting Room during her time here. Janet has since moved back to Manawatu and has been running the kitchen of Aberdeen and now the Fat Farmer, where she likes to create food that’s a bit different, with a nod to classics, and enjoyed in a casual relaxed atmosphere.