Meet the Mad Platter

The Mad Platter burst onto the Hawke’s Bay foodie scene with their delightfully aesthetic custom picnics, luxe platters and grazing tables (that you will most probably recognise from their beautifully curated Instagram feed – which, if you haven’t seen, is well worth checking out).

Kylie and Birgitte are the brains behind it all, and the duo are all about taking the stress out of your event so you can get out of the kitchen, and into the action. This year they are teaming up with Flock Events & Millar Road to bring ‘Lunch + Lounge’ to Haumoana House for Summer F.A.W.C!

We chatted to the ‘OG Platter Queens’ about all things Mad Platter, and why you'll want to lock ‘Lunch + Lounge’ into your calendar this November.

You both have an incredible talent for creating a picture-perfect grazing board. What inspired you to start The Mad Platter?

We both have a love for food, people and being creative. It was a perfect way to combine it all into our own little business. Plus, we think with all the gorgeous food in Hawke's Bay, it was the perfect place to incorporate and showcase those!

Your platters are always so diverse and colourful - what is your favourite food to feature at the moment?

Right now, we are loving the dragonfruit. It’s so colourful and such a stunning feature item on a platter/grazing table.

What do you love the most about what you do?

The people we have met along the way - we have received so much incredible support from people around us.

This is your first event in F.A.W.C! What are you most looking forward to this November?

Just seeing our creative ideas and thoughts for the event come to life. Being part of F.A.W.C! is such a huge honour to us and a total “pinch me” moment. We still can’t believe we have our own event! If you follow our work, you know we love bright and bold colours, so expect to see this with our whole look from the food right throughout to the setup.

What can we expect from your collaborative F.A.W.C! event, Lunch + Lounge?

Without being biased, we think this is truly going to be one event not to miss. A picture-perfect venue, gorgeous local food + wine tastings, and a luxe lounge setting. We want to create a chilled environment with smooth vibes of live music - the ultimate way to lunch in our eyes.