Wellington's popular Shepherd restaurant has fabulous food and a great atmosphere.

Wellington On a Plate, Wellington’s epic take on the classic restaurant week, 17 days of food-filled fantasies, is almost upon us. From August 11 to 27, Wellington descends into foodie chaos, with gourmet burgers and elaborate cocktails served up at more than 100 food related events in the coolest little capital in the world.

If you like to indulge, and enjoy good food and an even better atmosphere, let this be your winter event.

Egmont St Eatery's filet-o-cray is delicious. It's hard to beat a crumbed crayfish and squid burger smothered in ...

Liz Carlson

Egmont St Eatery’s filet-o-cray is delicious. It’s hard to beat a crumbed crayfish and squid burger smothered in crayfish tartare with housemade cheese, with a side of paua salted shoestring fries.

Perhaps my favourite part of Wellington on a Plate has to be the burger competition. This year, 123 burgers  are competing – many matched with some of the local brews from Garage Project in the Aro Valley.

Forget wine tasting with cheese, give me a greasy burger and an IPA any day. I’ve  tried quite a few and, so far, my favourite has been Egmont St Eatery’s filet-o-cray.

You can’t go wrong with a crumbed crayfish and squid burger smothered in crayfish tartare with housemade cheese, with a side of paua salted shoestring fries. Drools.

Endulge in Hippopotamus' boutique high tea at the QT Museum Hotel.

Liz Carlson

Endulge in Hippopotamus’ boutique high tea at the QT Museum Hotel.

If there is one place for desserts and high tea in Wellington, it’s Hippopotamus at the QT Museum Hotel.

Boutique, quirky and indulgent, from Wednesday to Sunday afternoons, the high tea service is perfect for those who have a sweet tooth and love a good afternoon out on the town.

Count me in!

Hawthorn Lounge's gin-based hot chocolate will warm you up on even the coldest, windiest Wellington day.

Liz Carlson

Hawthorn Lounge’s gin-based hot chocolate will warm you up on even the coldest, windiest Wellington day.

If burgers and signature festival dishes aren’t enough, check out the cocktail side of the festival, where 41 bars have come up with cocktails matched with a side of something delicious.

Hawthorn Lounge never disappoints, with its drink this year guaranteed to warm you up.

It’s a custom gin-based hot chocolate with creme brulee,

Try Shake's zombie-themed, teeth and all freakshake of the month. If you're scared, there's a more friendly option ...

Liz Carlson

Try Shake’s zombie-themed, teeth and all freakshake of the month. If you’re scared, there’s a more friendly option available too.

Wandering along the Wellington waterfront you would have seen the green classic Croc Bikes zipping up and down the harbour side.

But now the waterfront is the best place in town to get your hands on elaborate milkshakes. Coined “freakshakes” by Instagrammers worldwide, Shake milk bar’s crazy shake this month is zombie-themed, teeth and all.

There’s also a healthy, less frightening alternative available.