Thanks so much to the 3 500 wonderful people who came along to celebrate
North Canterbury in March 2018, under the oaks.
From the wine & food, to the weather, entertainment, bunting, and more...
We really couldn't have asked for a better day or a better crowd - so thanks a bunch.
Here are a few snaps from the 2018 North Canterbury Wine & Food festivities...
PHOTOS COURTESY OF NAYHAUSS
Set under the oaks in Glenmark Domain, the North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival
is the coolest little wine festival in the country.
And this year was definiltey one to remember!
We so enjoyed sharing our eclectic range of food stalls, diverse selection of North Canterbury wine and quality live music with you all. Thanks so much for stepping out into our tūrangawaewae to bond with the locals and celebrate the bounty of this year's harvest.
Read on to find more about what 2018's festival had in store for our festival attendees...
North Canterbury kai is always in abundance at the festival.
Stalls from local producers, chefs and restaurants are featured every year to offer delicious, fresh and seasonal food that go wonderfully with the selection of wines.
2018's FOOD PRODUCERS:
The Paella Fella
Authentic Spanish paella served in three varieties, all gluten free, healthy and fit for a king.
A whole range of delicious salads and wholesome food, enlivened with new flavours and exciting old favourites with a healthy spin.
Cakes By Anna
X Grizzly Bagels
The hottest bakers in town are tag teaming it again, with a variety of cakes showcasing seasonal produce & locally made ingredients, as well as bagel sandwiches hot off the grill & freshly filled donuts.
Japanese Karaage Chicken, sweet soy glazed pork belly bao's and delightful dumplings.
New Zealand's favourite award winning German style Bratwursts, served on a fresh baguette with onion, sauerkraut and a range of condiments. Oh, ja!
Traditional British themed fish & chips with mushy peas and curry sauce.
One of our longest standing foodies! Serving up his favourite meats and oysters!
Pic's Peanut Butter
Bringing their infamous toaster caravan to the fest! Making some delicious peanut buttery treats and sampling their nut butters!
Dreamy cheese platters for sharing with friends or enjoying alone - the perfect pairing with the regional wines.
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 – what a smorgasbord!
Lovat Downs Venison
Venison pita pockets, burgers, sausages and the 'tender bambi sammie' - all made with diced venison, onion & plum sauce.
Classic and plant based ice cream made with just a handful of fresh ingredients, perfected by nature... and sometimes even a little wine.
Horse Shack Food
Mouth watering beef cheeks, Manuka smoked pork, kumara and chickpea hash and more legendary hand pulled meats and veggies.
The Whitebait People
Serving up a range of quintessential Kiwi grub, including Westcoast whitebait patties, pan-fried salads or omelettes and pāua patties.
Maison de Crêpes
Holy Crepe! This one will satisfy both sweet tooths and savoury fiends. Using an age old recipe and delicious ingredients, these will take you right to the foot of the Eiffel Tower.
Bringing their famous Korean Cupbob to spice up the festival! Succulent marinaded BBQ meat, crunchy veg and rice topped with their signature sauce.
The Vagabond Chefs
48hr braised beef loaded fries, crispy tofu Vagabowls, Korean style chicken bao's and much much more!
Is there really anything better than an aesthetically 'gram-able platter? Get ready to pick away at a beautiful array of only the finest produce from across the region!
Kung Fu Dumplings
Kathmandu style momo dumplings with a bit of kapow! Funky rooster, buffalow style beef and vegan kale and kumara.
A range of tasty insect based snacks featuring their famous lemongrass ants which are wild harvested right here in Canterbury!
Sweet & Savage
Coffee & the trendiest 'Instagram worthy' donuts you'll find under the oaks.
Herba Gourmet Ltd
Classic dishes, beautiful garden herbs and locally sourced ingredients to bring you real homemade food,
suiting all dietary needs.
Smoke n Barrel
Texas BBQ slow smoked meats Yeehaw!! Accompanied with fresh salad or in a wrap, bap or sandwich.
The Burger Joint
Real Food, Real Local is their mantra! You won't need extras on the side with these gourmet buns!
Rice & Paper
The ultimate gramable sushi! Beautifully decorated and seriously fresh.
headline chef | sam Mannering
Auckland-based chef and food writer Sam Mannering returned to where he grew up to cook us all a mighty fine North Canterbury feast, featuring bruschetta topped with everything local. And what's more, he donated 100% of his proceeds to our festival charity partner Māia Health Foundation.
Talk about a good sort...
Amberley Farmers Market Pop-Up
In 2018, we were lucky enough to be graced by the presence of the Amberley Farmers Market crew,
allowing you all to take a bit of North Canterbury home with you.
Here's who provided the glorious spread...
Fricker's Bread | Little Farm Goats Cheese | Homestyle baking from Completely Nuts
The Herb Garden Preserves | Sandy Mac's Lemonade and Toffee Suckers | Grown Juice and Strawberries
Kev's Pickles | Beatriz's Spanish Omelette | The Market Lunch
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.
2018's WINE & BEER producers:
Brew Moon Brewery
George's Road Wines
Lone Goat Vineyard
Mon Cheval Wines
Mount Brown Estates
Mt. Beautiful Wines
Omarino Wine Park
Sherwood Estate Wines
Silver Wing Wines
Straight 8 Winery
The Crater Rim
The Old Glenmark Vicarage
The Winemaker's Wife
Third Man Wines
Waipara River Estate
NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVVIES SUPPLIED by THESE GOOD SORTS in 2018...
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.
The Kvas Company
Bring a traditional Slavic drink to the festival. Brewed by a lactic fermentation process using a starter made from rye bread! A beautiful and tasty probiotic beverage.
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.
Supreme filter station hydrating you with chilled coffee made from Ethiopian sede beans with naughty sweetened milk.
The Allpress coffee cart is parking up under the oaks to serve up their specialist coffee - including a refreshing cold brew.
For the last two years, Lincoln University have brought fascinating conversations to the festival, hosting discussions by duos made up of some of the best wine producers of the region, matched with chefs and food producers.
Pockets of music featured in every nook of Glenmark Domain's picturesque setting. The 2018 festival line up included a Musicians' Corner with jazz, folk, and singer/songwriter vibes including Chris William, Bryony, The Goldonies, The Swan Sisters and more.
We also chucked in a couple of more bangers on the other end of the park with the laid back 'Beats and Tunes' area featuring Simon Kong and other featured DJs spinning Sunday tunes all day long. Oh yeah!
HEADLINE ACT 2018
Thrillingly the rolling, rambling, spirit raising atmospheres they project in their
live shows have endeared them to the hearts of many. It’s obvious they care
about the audience as much as the songs.
ON THE STAGE...
Chris William wears his heart on his sleeve. He blends his love of jazz, soul and electronica into a swirl of synthesisers, thumping drum machines and stirring vocal harmonies. His music is both ripe with emotion and tension – warped piano sounds collide with swampy guitar noise. He has self-released two lauded singles, and is currently recording an EP to be released mid 2017.
Picking up a guitar at 14, Bryony has been writing and performing, shedding fears, gaining confidence and honing her skills, plus acquiring a collection of talented musicians to back her. Matthews writes unique, considered, lyrics-focused folk-pop offerings, with her band lending an upbeat ambiance to the songs.
The Swan Sisters are Amiria Grenell and Amy Grace. They sing heart filled songs throughout Aotearoa, including the 2017 WOMAD music festival. Amiria and Amy have been writing music together for many years. Their sound is a delicate blend of styles: alt. folk with beautiful harmonies, a touch of country & a dash of dreamy pop. These songbirds encapsulte their friendship and joy of storytelling with an uplifting, acoustic set.
On the decks...
The Goldonies have been winning over audiences with their mix of rock ‘n’ roll classics performed with high energy and humour in the skiffle band setting. A typical set list will usually find the boys tipping their hats to the three B’s of rock ‘n’ roll – Buddy, Berry and Beatles, as well as numerous other classics from the 1950’s and 60’s.
Daniel Veitch | Pepe Le Pew | Plantgril | Sheldon Williams | Simon Kong
The kids are always welcomed with open arms - and this year we had loads to keep them chipper. The picnic areas and music were enjoyed by all of the family, as well as bouncy castles, petting zoo, face painting, ice-creams, hilarious entertainment and everything else that makes being a kid the best.
Māia health FOUNDATION
Our hearts were feeling pretty toasty after hearing just how much of a difference we made at the festival this year towards Māia Health Foundation's mission to enhance Christchurch Hospital's helipad, helping to save lives 13 minutes faster.
The total donations received from the stall of our generous celeb chef, Sam Mannering, festival attendees' online donations while buying tickets, loose change popped into the box at the end of the day AND a surprise donation from Cakes by Anna (all of her stall's proceeds from the day), added up to a whopping $5,000!
Thank you so much for doing your bit for this important cause.
If you want to know more about what this amazing charity – that is so close to the hearts of those living in our region – is up to, head over to Māia's website.
Here's a sneak peak of the new helipad you'll be helping to make a reality for our city...
A huge thank you to these generous businesses who make the
North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival possible...
He waka eke noa. We're all in this together.