Set under the oaks in Glenmark Domain is the coolest little wine festival in the country.
North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival 2017 was one to remember.
Over 2,000 of you fine folk hit the road and came out to New Zealand’s most-loved wine and food region for a celebration like no other. You supported the local harvesters, chilled out in our pockets of entertainment, immersed yourselves in conversations with other lovers of local produce and fell completely in love with everything North Canterbury has to offer.
North Canterbury food 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.
FOOD PRODUCERS HOSTING STALLS AT THE 2018 FESTIVAL:
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.
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.
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.
2 Broke Blokes
Gourmet food items including the "Harrowers Bap" – twice cooked crispy pork belly, pickled red cabbage slaw, aioli and apple compote in a warm ciabatta bun.
Black and Orange Catering
Spit-roasted lamb with creamy yoghurt sauce and roast vegetables or slow roasted pulled pork with homemade applesauce, both served straight to plate or ciabatta bun.
NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVVIES SUPPLIED by THESE GOOD SORTS in 2017...
The Allpress coffee cart is parking up under the oaks to serve up their specialist coffee - including a refreshing cold brew.
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 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.
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 2017 Festival:
Brew Moon Brewery
George's Road Wines
Lone Goat Vineyard
Mon Cheval Wines
Mt. Beautiful Wines
Mount Brown Estates
Omarino Wine Park
Sherwood Estate Wines
Silver Wing Wines
The Crater Rim
The Old Glenmark Vicarage
The Winemaker's Wife
Tongue in Groove
Waipara River Estate
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.
Pockets of music feature in every nook of Glenmark Domain's picturesque setting. The 2018 festival line up includes a Musicians' Corner with jazz, folk, and singer/songwriter vibes including Chris William, Bryony, The Goldonies, The Swan Sisters and more.
We also like to chuck 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.
Amiria Grenell & Amy Grace sing heart filled songs. They've been writing songs and stories together for many years. Theirs is a delicate blend of music styles: alt. folk with beautiful harmonies, a touch of country, a bit of dreamy pop and a dash of swingin’ blues. It encapsulates their friendship and love of storytelling.
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.
The kids are always welcomed with open arms - and we've got lots to keep them chipper. The picnic areas and music can be 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.