Food & wine festivals
New Zealand’s cuisine deserves to be celebrated! Many festivals combine delicacies for the tastebuds with musical treats for the ears, and they make for a great day out.
Wine buffs flock to events such as Toast Martinborough, and a special highlight on the food festival calendar is the annual Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. As the name suggests, things get wild here as stall holders offer anything from wasp larvae ice cream to huhu grubs!
Marlborough Wine & Food Festival [Blenheim, Feb] A showcase for the world-renowned wines of Marlborough, held at picturesque Brancott Vineyard.
Hokitika Wildfoods Festival [Hokitika, Mar] An unforgettable event featuring unique foods sourced from the surrounding area.
Bluff Oyster & Food Festival [Bluff, May] Celebrating the local delicacy – Bluff oysters – at the start of the season.
Scallop Festival [Whitianga, Sep] A celebration of Coromandel seafood and cuisine coinciding with the opening of the scallop season.
Toast Martinborough [Martinborough, Nov] Wine, food and music event set amid the picturesque vineyards of the beautiful Wairarapa region.
Try online at ticketmaster.co.nz or ticketek.co.nz for tickets to popular events.