Indulge in fresh seafood, sip local wine among the vines, or be adventurous and try something new at one of New Zealand's many food festivals.
Hawke's Bay produces such a wealth of food and wine that it celebrates this success with a festival held twice a year, in November and June. Running for 10 days, F.A.W.C! gathers the east coast region’s finest producers and purveyors into an event-laden feast of indulgence for an expanding audience of hungry locals and visitors
Martinborough’s picturesque setting has been a major drawcard for wine-lovers since the festival started in 1992. There’s no better time to try the region's best wines than at Toast, when top-flight Martinborough wineries team up with some of the region’s best chefs and musicians to offer a fully immersive and indulgent experience to suit all tastes.
Where better to sample the famous Bluff oyster than in Bluff itself? Locals of the salty seaside town play host in this festive winter event that promises a variety of seafoods including crayfish, paua (abalone), scallops, salmon, blue cod and whitebait. Grab your hat, scarf and a winter coat for an event filled day of live music, along with oyster shucking and eating competitions.
Combining quality wines, gourmet food and live music, the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival is New Zealand’s original and most successful wine events. Sample the crisp sauvignon blanc that the region is famous for and be entertained on one of the wine region's oldest and most beautiful vineyards, Brancott Heritage Estate.
One of New Zealand’s most popular seafood events, the Whitianga Scallop Festival in The Coromandel region sees many food stalls turning out mouth-watering dishes. Entertainment from famous New Zealand performers and seafood cooking demonstrations by iconic New Zealand chefs help round out the exceptional scallop celebration.
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