The 2018 Marlborough Wine & Food Festival is set for change in its Culinary Pavilion with the addition of the Local Food Heroes. The Marlborough food producers will provide talks and demonstrations, with guests able to purchase the chef’s dishes.

Along with some of the best wines in the world, Marlborough has the food to match. While the Local Food Heroes is new, the Culinary Pavilion will once again focus on the best Marlborough has to offer in terms of produce, prepared by top New Zealand and international chefs. Culinary Partners Cloudy Bay Clams, Flaxbourne Pure Lamb, New Zealand King Salmon and Kono have teamed up with Collin Fassnidge, Nick Honeyman, Annabelle White and Karena and Kasey Bird.

Understanding the demand from consumers to know more about where their food is from and how it is sourced lead the changes in the Culinary Pavilion.

“There’s a real focus on amazing local produce in Marlborough, and we want to showcase this to the world,” said Georgie Leach, festival manager. “Along with some of the biggest names in the culinary world, those presenting really are our Local Food Heroes. People can then pop next door and buy a dish using this produce, created by our line-up of top New Zealand and international chefs. It’s the best of both worlds.”

The Local Food Heroes include Verve Flowers, the farmer florist, Marlborough Black Garlic, Taylor Pass Honey and the Culinary Partners.