Why North Canterbury’s Coolest Little Wine And Food Festival Needs To Be On Your Radar

By Vanessa Ortynsky
21st Feb 2020

If you love feasting, dancing and good wine, you’ll want to block out Sunday March 8 in your calendar ASAP and get yourself to New Zealand’s coolest little wine and food festival. Back for another year, North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival is an absolute must for all ages. 

Local food and wine lovers gather in Waipara (one of our country’s most underrated wine regions just quietly) to indulge in lip-smackingly good eats and drops. The annual event showcases the best local chefs, bakers, makers and food trucks in Canterbury. From The Vagabond Chefs and The Rolling Om to Kaikoura Cheese and Utopia Ice, there’s something for everyone. We’re especially looking forward to trying banh mi, rice bowls and Vietnamese iced coffee from Banh Mi Baby and seeing what Simon from INATI comes up with in the way of treats. 

Those in the know, know that North Canterbury is the insider’s top spot for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. So, come experience what the world’s wine geeks have been raving about. Try drops from 27 Seconds, Black Estate, Greystone Wines & Muddy Water Wines, Terrace Edge Vineyard, The Bone Line and so many more. It’s your chance to meet local wine producers, hear their stories and taste their phenomenal wines. 

And then there’s the entertainment. This year we’ll be treated to tunes from everyone's favourite expat Cantabrian, Anika Moa. She’s returning home to play her celebrated soulful sounds and deliver her sharp wit and hilarious banter. There’s also the crowd pleasing local folk faves, The Eastern, who will return to play their foot stompin’ grooves. 

In addition to wine and food, there’s also the Talk Tent, hands on classes, demos, plus a makers market where artisans from all across Canterbury come to share their skills and classes from Rekindle, Mrs Bottomley’s and Brew Moon.      

So what are you waiting for? Secure your tickets here and we'll see you there.

The details

What: The North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival 2020
When: Sunday, 8 March 10.30am - 5pm
Where: Glenmark Domain a 30-min drive from Christchurch

Image credit: Jade Spence Photography, Nauhauss

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