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Santa delivers – cheaper Christmas dinner

Dec 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

iskandals-bbq4WHETHER you enjoy the traditional Christmas spread or the kiwi alternative barbecue – both come at a cheaper price this season.

The traditional and barbecue Christmas dinners are both down in price this year and should cost around $48.80, says Statistics New Zealand.

Taken from the 2009 Food Price Index figures, the cost of each meal has been estimated for a family of two adults and two children.

The overall barbecue dinner price was down 90 cents from 2008, due to a slight fall in kumara and chicken prices.

The traditional dinner was also down from last year, with the $1.80 decrease caused by a fall in potato and steak prices.

Over the last 10 years however, both types of festive dinners have increased in price.

The traditional Christmas dinner has increased by $13.50 since 1999, mostly due to a $4.90 rise in lamb and a $2.20 increase in the price of chicken.

The barbecue’s price increase has been slightly less, with an $11.10 rise in the last decade. This increase was caused by steak being up by $3.90 and the price of Pavlova up $1.20

Potato crisps, salted peanuts, whole chicken, lamb, potatoes, pumpkin, kumara, carrots and peas were some of the main foods calculated for a traditional Christmas meal.

The barbecue smorgasbord included mussels, potato crisps, salted peanuts, steak chicken, potatoes, pumpkin, onion, lettuce tomato, capsicum and cucumber.

Pavlova was the chosen dessert for both menus.

Wellington hotels are offering Christmas dinners that range from $55 to $135 per person.

The James Cook Hotel has a Christmas dinner using the same types of ingredients as the Food Price Index menus, but says its “top quality” justifies the price. Diners will pay $135 per adult and $75 per child.

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