Farewell Catering

Organising catering for a funeral or wake can be a beautiful way to support your loved ones during a difficult time. From hiring a catering company, making food yourself or asking guests to bring a plate, there are several options available to help you plan a meaningful gathering to remember and celebrate the life of a departed family member or friend.

Hire a funeral catering company

With so many other things to think about, this option might help to relieve some of the pressure that can surround you when planning a farewell service. There are many local catering companies that specialise in providing you and your loved one’s food for this important day. Look for funeral caterers near you in our directory.

Prices can vary depending on the variety and amount of food you require for the day. It is a good idea to do a few different price comparisons before you commit. Read about funeral costs and options…

Make your own food

You and your loved ones can rally together and make your own finger foods, scones, hāngi, BBQ, and/or anything else you would like guests to enjoy on the day. This is a cost-effective way to cater a farewell but can also be a cathartic experience, bringing family and loved ones together to grieve, remember your loved one who has passed, and cook!

Ask guests to bring a shared plate

This is a good chance for whānau and friends who want to help in a meaningful way. By aksing guests to bring a plate of food to the service, you cut down on costs and give your guests a chance to contribute to the day. This can also create a good variety of dishes to ensure all your family’s favourites will be included.

Using food to personalise the day

You could consider personalising the food and drink to honour your loved one. For example, if they had a favourite whisky you could serve this during a toast in their honour.

Choose what's right for you

Whether you’re looking for a simple and heartfelt meal, easy to serve snacks, or a more elaborate spread, there are many different catering choices and there is no right or wrong choice.

Food can be a comforting way to support your loved ones during a difficult time.