New Zealand’s cuisine deserves to be celebrated! Many festivals combine delicacies for the taste-buds with musical treats for the ears, and they make for a great day out. Those with a sweet tooth will relish Dunedin’s Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, while wine buffs love events such as Toast Martinborough. A special highlight is the annual Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. As the name suggest, things get wild here as stall holders offer anything from wasp larvae ice cream to huhu grubs!
Marlborough Wine and 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 totally unique foods sourced from the surrounding area!
Bluff Oyster & Food Festival [Bluff, May] Celebrating the local delicacy – Bluff Oysters – at the start of the oyster season.
Scallop Festival [Whitianga, Sep] A celebration of Coromandel seafood and cuisine coinciding with the opening of the scallop season.
Seafest [Kaikoura, Oct] Kaikoura’s premier food and wine festival is an exciting celebration of the region’s abundance combined with live music.
Toast Martinborough Wine, Food and Music Festival [Martinborough, Nov] Wine, food and music event set amongst the picturesque vineyards of the beautiful Wairarapa region.