Tickets

 

or, purchase directly from THE BELOW RETAILERS
 

 
 
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FREE

Under 18 years

No tickets required. However, under 18's are still required to enter through the official entry gate at the festival.

We will have plenty for the little ones to do at the festival, including pony rides and bouncy castles.

See Kids for more details.  

$15

SOBER
DRIVERS

Sober Drivers are required to purchase their ticket through Dash Tickets.

Sober Drivers will be wrist-banded as non-drinkers on arrival to the festival and are not permitted to drink any alcohol at the site. Their wristband will still allow them to purchase food and non-alcoholic drinks across the day, entry to all events on the day in the ConversatioNZ tent and entertainment throughout the day. 

EXTRA PERK ALERT: All sober drivers will receive a very deserving complimentary drink voucher upon arrival from the good guys at Karma Cola. What a treat!

$30

g.a.
ADULTS

General Admission adults ticket sales available now through Dash Tickets and the retailers listed above. 

Adult tickets include a festival wine tasting glass, entry to all events on the day in the ConversatioNZ tent and entertainment throughout the day.

 
 
 

A FEW EXTRA DETAILS....

 

See Getting There for driving directions to the Glenmark Domain and for information on bus transport options.

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Gates open at 10.30am. Last drinks are served at 4.30pm and the festival closes at 5.00pm.

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No dogs allowed at the festival due to park restrictions... Sorry! 

Also, you are not permitted to bring any food and drink into the Festival. 

There are plenty of food, drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) available to buy on the day - and water is freely available within the park. 

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Please feel free to bring your own rugs, cushions blankets, seats, umbrellas - anything to make your picnic set up homely on the day! (just make sure you leave the food and wine at home - we've got you covered there). 

 
 

The Festival

It’s time to return to the oaks for the coolest little wine festival in the country. 

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival is back for 2017.

 

Hit the road next March and head out of the city into New Zealand’s most-loved wine and food region for a celebration like no other. Support the local harvesters, chill out in our pockets of entertainment, immerse yourself in conversations with other lovers of local produce and get ready to fall completely in love with everything North Canterbury has to offer.

 

Food
 

North Canterbury food will be in abundance at the 2017 festival.

Stalls from local producers, regional and Christchurch chefs and restaurants will be there to offer delicious fresh, local food that you can match with your wines. 

FOOD PRODUCERS HOSTING STALLS AT THE FESTIVAL ARE:
 

Carrot Dawg by Gatherings
A plant based task on the traditional hot dog... 
Fresh bread bun, filled with a brined, smoked, then slow roasted crumbed and fried carrot. 

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Jonny Schwass & the Charcoal Relief Unit
Freshly shucked oysters and charcoal grill meats.

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Cakes By Anna
X  Grizzly Bagels

A variety of cakes showcasing seasonal produce & locally made ingredients and artisan products. Plus, bagel sandwiches hot off the grill & freshly filled donuts.

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Horse Shack Food
Manuka smoked and slow-cooked gourmet street food. 

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The Whitebait People
Westcoast whitebait patties, pan-fried salads or omelettes and pāua patties.

 

Kaikoura Cheese
Cheese platters for sharing with friends or enjoying alone - the perfect pairing with the regional wines. 

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Cannon Hill Gourmet
A range of kebabs and falafels, fresh salads, ciabatta sandwiches, toasted breads with chicken liver pate & onion jam, and creme brûlée for dessert!

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Foraged Fare by
Mel Wright

Delicious sorbets, gelatos and preserves, all made from foraged fruit from the North Canterbury region. 

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Lovat Downs Venison
Venison pita pockets, burgers, sausages and the 'tender bambi sammie' - all made w diced venison, onion & plum sauce

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Get Real Ice-Cream
Artisan creamy vanilla ice and dairy-free mango ice - handmade with no bases or artificial ingredients - served with handmade sauces and gluten free waffle cones.

 

 

Kung Fu Dumplings
Kathmandu style momo dumplings with tomato chilli and peanut sauce.

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Richard Till's Real Kitchen
Last year it was a sell-out paella... Stay tuned to find out what Richard has in store for 2017.

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Fritz Wieners
NZ's favourite award-winning German style Bratwurst sausages, served in freshly baked baguette buns with onions and sauerkraut.

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Q Cuisine
Fine foods & organic beverages. 

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Sweet & Savage
Coffee & donuts. Ohh yeah.

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Taste of Eden
Free range chicken and ancient grain salads with local fruits, fresh fruit tartlets and pastries.

 
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WAIPARA FARMERS’ MARKET WILL BE THERE WITH THEIR
LOCAL PRODUCE TO TASTE ON THE DAY OR TAKE HOME.

 

PLUS, THERE'LL BE NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVVIES FROM THESE GOOD SORTS...

 
 

Allpress Coffee

The Allpress coffee cart is parking up under the oaks to serve up their specialist coffee - including a refreshing cold brew.

Karma Cola

A range of organic craft sodas from 'The Worlds Fairest Fairtrader'. 

All sober drivers will receive a complimentary Karma Cola beverage for taking one for the team. 

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Qantas Water Warriors

Last year we were treated to a stellar 35 degree day at the festival - and we're pretty sure the weather gods are staying on our side for 2017.

To stay uber hydrated, Qantas will be roaming around the festival with water backpacks to refill your festival glasses with refreshing H2O throughout the day.

Waipara School

The Waipara School will be keeping you hydrated with bottled water and sodas at this year's festival, with all proceeds going back to Waipara School.

 

Wine
 

North Canterbury is just 40 minutes north of Christchurch and is fast establishing itself as one of the premium wine producing regions of New Zealand, particularly in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling.  According to Bob Campbell, the region is ”one of the unsung heroes of the wine industry”.

The region has 2 main sub-regions, Waipara Valley & Waikari. 
There are also a few vineyards 20 minutes north of the Waipara Valley close to Cheviot.
 

 

 

The WINE & BEER producers hosting stalls at the Festival are:

 

 

Alan McCorkindale

Ataahua Wines

Black Estate

Cook Vintners

Brew Moon Brewery

Dallington Downs

Fancrest Estate

George's Road Wines

Greystone Wines

Harris Estate

 

 

Main Divide

Melton Estate

Mon Cheval Wines

Mt. Beautiful Wines

Mount Brown Estates

Muddy Water

Omarino Wine Park

Pegasus Bay

Sherwood Estate Wines

Silver Wing Wines

Terrace Edge

 

 

The 3rd Man

The Boneline

The Crater Rim

The Old Glenmark Vicarage

The Winemaker's Wife

Tongue in Groove

Torlesse Wines

Waipara Hills

Waipara River Estate

Waipara Springs

 
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Talks

CONVERSATIONZ

 
 
 

Lincoln University is bringing the ConversatioNZ tent back to the 2017 festival, hosting discussions by duos made up of some of the best wine producers of the region, matched with chefs and food producers.

ConversatioNZ is a movement initiated by chefs and people in the food industry with the aim of highlighting the quality and vast array of edible resources available in New Zealand. 

All are welcome to attend the 20 – 30 minute talks during the festival on a first in basis.  If you get a seat (around 50 available per talk) – you may get a sample. If you don’t – hang outside to listen to these dynamic duos talk about our food and wine landscape.
 

 

 
 

ConversatioNZ

Tunes
 

Pockets of music will be scattered around the picturesque setting of Glenmark Domain, including the Musicians' Corner with jazz, folk, and singer/songwriter vibes including Flip Grater, The Goldonies, The Swan Sisters, Lil Chuck and more.

Then there's the laid back 'Beats and Tunes' area with Simon Kong and other featured DJs spinning Sunday tunes all day long. Oh yeah!
 

 
Entertainment

Kids

 

Bring the kids! We welcome your little ones with open arms. The picnic areas and music can be enjoyed by all of the family. There will also be a special kids space with a bouncy castle, pony rides, face painting, ice-creams, as well as some hilarious kid-friendly entertainment.
 

 

Win!
 

Did you think we would leave you without anything to say thanks for getting amongst this year's festival?

Thanks to our insanely generous lead partners, supporters, stallholders and other North Canterbury friends we've gone a bit mental with prize offerings this year (not that anyone's complaining). 

Check out what we've got up our sleeve... 

 

The Qantas 'Red Raffle'
 

The good sorts at Qantas believe in the value of travelling to quality destinations... Which is why this year, Qantas are running a charity raffle at the festival, raising funds for the North Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Fund to keep the beautiful region alive and the amazing local producers of Hurunui on their feet. 

During the day of the festival, Qantas will be roaming around under the oaks selling $2 'Red Raffle Tickets'. Not only will 100% of your donations go towards helping out your North Canterbury friends, but each ticket will go in the draw to win one of three return flights for two to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as a bunch of spot prizes throughout the day. Not bad, huh?

 

SO, HOW CAN YOU WIN?

 1. Buy a $2 "Red Raffle Ticket" from the roaming Qantas crew at the festival

2. Listen to our festival town crier throughout the day as they announce fun spot prizes as well as the winners' of Qantas return flights across the ditch

3. If you're a lucky winner, take your ticket to the Qantas tent by the end of the day to redeem your prize ('Red Raffle' ticket holders must be onsite to redeem their prize by 4.30pm)

 

Check back here soon FOR THE FULL LIST OF RAD QANTAS PRIZES

 
 

Getting There

North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival is set under the picturesque oak trees of the Glenmark Domain (corner of Church Road & Glenmark Drive), Waipara Valley, North Canterbury - just 45 minutes drive north of Christchurch.

The festival begins at 10.30am and finishes 5.00pm. 

 

DRIVING THERE

  • Take SH1 to Amberley
  • Continue north on SH1 a further 10 minutes
  • Turn left at the Hamner Springs turn off (Waipara Flat Rd)
  • Follow this by a quick right into Glenmark Drive
  • Follow Glenmark Drive through the Waipara Township
  • Glenmark Domain is 300m north of Waipara Township on your right, on the corner of Glenmark Dr & Church Rd

PLEASE NOTE: There is a discounted ticket option available for Sober Drivers. See Tickets for more information.

 

BUS

CHRISTCHURCH
TO WAIPARA

Bus transport is available to and
from the Festival from Christchurch
(as far south as Lincoln)

Adult - $30
Group (10+) - $25 pp

TO BOOK NOW OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE GO TO:
www.waiparawinetour.co.nz

All prices are return fares, Christchurch to Waipara.

 

BUs

RANGIORA
TO WAIPARA

Bus transport is available to and
from the Festival from Rangiora
thanks to Torlesse Travel. 

Adult - $25

TO BOOK NOW OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL:
torlesse.rangiora@xtra.co.nz

All prices are return fares, Rangiora to Waipara.
 

BUS

HANMER
TO WAIPARA

Bus transport is available to and
from the Festival from Hanmer Springs
thanks to Hanmer Adventure. The bus will leave for the Festival from Hanmer Adventure Centre at 9.30am.

Adult - $35

TO BOOK NOW OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE EMAIL:
info@hanmeradventure.co.nz

All prices are return fares, Hanmer Springs to Waipara.
 

Where to Stay
 
 

You can stay in the Waipara township, Amberley or anywhere close by in the Waipara region. B&B’s, lodges, Motels and backpackers or camping ground options can be found at
Visit Hurunui.

 
 
 

There is also a lot of accomodation in Hanmer Springs, one hour north of Waipara. It has an enormous range of accomodation on offer, from luxurious 5-star plus retreat to a cost-efficient, self-catering place to call home.

 
 

Supporters

A huge thank you to these generous businesses who make the
North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival possible...

Legends.

 

 

Contact

For any general festival enquiries, please email ncwineandfood@gmail.com.

 

More details for the 2017 festival will be released soon... 

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