Enjoy gourmet food, great wine and entertainment at the many food and wine festivals in New Zealand.
Fill your calendar with these 10 tasty wine and food festivals. Make sure you plan ahead - most sell out quickly.
1. Flavours of Plenty Festival, Bay of Plenty
Welcome to Flavours of Plenty Festival(opens in new window) where the Bay of Plenty’s passionate foodies, chefs, producers and storytellers come together to celebrate and elevate all they have got to offer as a food region. From pop-up restaurants to hands-on workshops, degustation dinners to meet the makers tours, and so much more. Everyone’s appetite is catered for, so come and visit Te Moananui ā Toi for a tantalising feast of events!
It's 'all hands on deck' for the months of June and November, as Hawke's Bay locals come together to accommodate the masses! The annual Food and Wine Classic event (better known as F.A.W.C), showcases the very best of Hawke's Bay food and drink. Restaurants, food trucks and eateries set the bar high, serving gourmet cuisine affectionately prepared by established chefs. Breweries, cideries and wineries tease your taste buds with superb liquid creations. Book early, experiences sell out fast!
Eat.Taste.Central(opens in new window) is a springtime event running from late October to mid-November where you can take your palate somewhere it hasn't been before. Local cafés, restaurants and cellar doors collectively produce a 'Central Otago Regional Menu' celebrating our very own World of Flavour. In addition, various events around the region will add a touch of zest to your Central Otago experience.
Each year over 60 of the best New Zealand wineries share their best creations with the crowd at Winetopia(opens in new window). It's not just about wine tasting, get hands on with a 40 minute wine masterclass with expert winemakers and sommeliers. Or, learn some new wine making tricks at the educational talks with industry professionals.
Celebrating the unique food and drink of the West Coast, the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival is unlike any other food festival. One minute you could be feasting on suculent New Zealand lamb and venison, the next minute you're trying crocodile bites, possum pies and deep fried pigs ears! You'll need to be adventurous to sample the locals' culinary creations. Are you brave enough to try huhu grubs?
One of New Zealand’s most popular seafood events, the Whitianga Oceans Festival (formally known as the Whitianga Scallop Festival) 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 and other seafood celebration.
World-famous for its wines, cuisine and atmosphere, Marlborough’s Wine & Food Festival(opens in new window) is Aotearoa’s longest running festival. Join thousands of wine and food lovers to sample world renowned Sauvignon Blancs and many other varieties worthy of the same recognition, from Marlborough’s top wineries. Satisfy your tastebuds with great food, be inspired by celebrated chefs in the Culinary Pavilion, enjoy live music and soak up the atmosphere.
Eat and drink your way around the Wellington region for four weeks during the Visa Wellington on a Plate(opens in new window) (also known as W.O.A.P) event each August. You'll be served some wild and wacky (and equally delicious) burger creations, quirky cocktail creations, degustation dinners, wines and melt in your mouth chocolates and more. Get hands on and attend a cooking class or try locally produced craft beers at Beervana(opens in new window).
Martinborough(opens in new window)’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 Martinborough(opens in new window), 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. Get your tickets early, they sell out fast!
10. North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival, Canterbury
Attracting visitors from all over New Zealand and overseas, theNorth Canterbury Wine and Food Festivalshowcases the very best of Waipara Valley wine and food. Taking place during summer under the shade of old oak trees, local musicians and performers entertain the 4,000 festival lovers. The festival is less than one hours drive from both Christchurch and Hanmer Springs. Book your tickets to ''the coolest little wine festival'' in New Zealand.