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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring in my own drinks?

Yes, this can be arranged. There are rules around bringing in your own alcohol and we can run you through this. We are happy to chat about this option for your event.

How far in advance do I need to book my event at A’Fare?

As every event, the sooner the better but we can work with you on any dates you have in mind, and even those last minute events can be handled with ease.

How much notice do I need to give for out-catering?

As every event, the sooner the better but we can work with you on any dates you have in mind, and even those last minute events can be handled with ease.

Do I have to hire glassware, tables and chairs too?

No, our venue is fully-equipped with tables, chairs, cutlery, glassware and more. Our catering fees often include free use of the venue, making it an affordable wedding or event venue. We are here to make your event planning easier, not harder. Chat to us today about how we can help you.

Is there a minimum number for catering?

No – we have catered to two people and well above 1000. We can work with any numbers, with any food requests and special requirements.

We have to think about dietary requirements – can you help?

We can do gluten-free, coeliac, paleo, primal, dairy-free, nut-free and more – we are well used to adapting and creating tasty dishes for those who have food intolerances or allergies. We are happy to help. We can deal with fussy too!

Can we hold it at your venue?

Sure can – and more often than not the venue is provided free as part of your catering package, making it a great option for those wanting a wedding or event on a specific budget.

How far will you travel for catering?

We will travel wherever you need us to be. We don’t charge delivery fees for any catering within the city limits of Whangarei.

What does the menu include?

We work with you to match your ideas and budget to a menu. We don’t have set menus as we like to work with our clients to cater to their needs. We will give you menu ideas and work through them with you to find the perfect fit for your event.

Can we run a bar tab or cash bar?

Most definitely – both options are available. Whatever suits your needs, we can do.

What days are you available?

Our venue is available seven days a week, and we can cater off-site seven days a week. Call us to talk through any ideas of dates you may have for your event.

Can we source specific wines or foods for events?

We most certainly can. If you want specific wine for your event from a particular region in New Zealand, we will get it for you. If you want a specific meal served to your guests, we can make it happen.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your contribution to the tournament.

Catering plays an integral role in the delivery of an event such as the U19 Cricket World Cup so thank you for your time and effort to contribute to its success.

The feedback I have received from teams, match officials, ICC/LOC staff, media etc. has been extremely positive. The meals provided were great and the attention to change dishes to suit particular team preferences was much appreciated. Your attention to detail with regard to the catering document was also fantastic so thank you for keeping me on my toes!

-Nicky , NZ Cricket

Wonderful food, great staff, good fun was had by all, so many thanks.
There were compliments still being heard at the end of play during the shield presentation.
Your praises will be heard near and far....

-Jean Tafa , Northland Croquet

I just wanted to thank you both for such a smooth, well-run event on Friday. The food was beautiful, both in taste and presentation and you and your staff were helpful and friendly whilst being unobtrusive.

Everyone had a great time and the relaxed atmosphere made my first speech as “boss” so much easier.

-Remeny Weber , Laboratory Manager, Northland Pathology

On behalf of all members of the lodge I would like to thank you and your staff for providing a memorable 300 year Dinner.

-I Metcalfe - Treasurer - The Star of the North Lodge

Thank you Afare so much for the super meal we all enjoyed last night. The food was great, there was plenty of it, it was hot, and everyone really enjoyed it.

Your girls were courteous and punctual and very efficient.

Everything was left clean and tidy at the end of the evening and one wouldn’t have known they had even been, so again, a big thank you.

-Headland Farm Park Residents’ Assoc

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