This March is set to be the month to celebrate the South Island scene with two fantastic food and wine festivals celebrating the North Canterbury and Central Otago regions.
First up, set under the oaks in Glenmark Domain is the coolest little wine festival in the country. The North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival invites Kiwis to come together and celebrate the local land and produce flourishing in this spectacular region.
On Sunday, March 7th festival goers will be able to enjoy an eclectic range of food stalls, a diverse selection of North Canterbury wine, quality live music and family friendly entertainment, whether you're 5 or 85, whether you fancy a drop of chardonnay or pinot noir, whether you're in it for the pony rides or the picnics.
You can visit ncwineandfood.co.nz for more information.
Designed to celebrate the brilliant Central Otago viticulture industry and local culinary scene, Ripe: The Wānaka Wine & Food Festival will be held on Otago Anniversary weekend, March 21, at Corbridge Woolshed just outside of Wānaka.
Ripe is the brainchild of Wānaka resident Nathan White, borne out of what he saw of festivals whilst living and working among the vineyards of Australia. Coming home, Nathan was surprised to see there was no festival that truly showcased the Central Otago region – producer of some of the best wines and quality food in the world. Like any good Kiwi, Nathan rolled his sleeves up and started making a plan.
From crisp Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays to earthy Pinot Noirs, the Central Otago region is a unique land of extreme climates producing internationally acclaimed vintages. Ripe is a passionate demonstration of that abundance, quality and vibrancy. With more than 30 vineyards and food producers in attendance, festival-goers will be treated to a showcase of the region’s best.
Ripe is about community and coming together in celebration. It is about sharing that delight with an appreciative audience supported by great music and exciting chefs showcasing their skills and inspiring everyone.
Above all, Ripe is about a shared passion and energy for the best wine and food backed by a deep respect, appreciation and knowledge. The venue is spectacular, set at Corbridge Woolshed with 325 hectares of rolling fields and a backdrop of Wānaka mountains – it is pure Central Otago: vibrancy, colour and stunningly beautiful.
For more information about Ripe, visit ripewanaka.nz