The Festival

The North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival
is one for laid back lovers of the finest things in life. 


Nestled under the oaks in Glenmark Domain, discover seasonal flavours at our eclectic range of food stalls, sample an incredible selection of premium North Canterbury wines, and tap your feet to a sweet line up of local live music, from infectious foot stomping folk to mellow beats on the decks.

With old-fashioned country fun for kids, thought provoking conversations about food and wine, and good time vibes a plenty, there’s something for everyone at this delightful intimate festival.

So, grab your mates, head out to the golden fields of North Canterbury, and celebrate the autumn harvest in style at the coolest little wine festival in New Zealand. Super Early Bird tickets for 2019 go on sale on 25 October at Taste North Canterbury.



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. We’re cooking up an array of sensational flavours for you in 2019, so watch this space to whet your appetite.

check out 2018's FOOD PRODUCERS:

The Paella Fella
Authentic Spanish paella served in three varieties, all gluten free, healthy and fit for a king. 


Bearlion Foods
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. 


Fritz Wiener
New Zealand's favourite award winning German style Bratwursts, served on a fresh baguette with onion, sauerkraut and a range of condiments. Oh, ja!


The Chippy
Traditional British themed fish & chips with mushy peas and curry sauce.


Jonny BBQ
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! 

Kaikoura Cheese
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.


Utopia Ice
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.


Steam Punk
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!


Bespoke Platters
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. 




2018 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...

2019 headline chef announced soon…


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:



Ataahua Wines

Black Estate

Brew Moon Brewery

Dallington Downs

Fancrest Estate

George's Road Wines

Greystone Wines

Harris Estate

Lone Goat Vineyard

Main Divide

Melton Estate



Mon Cheval Wines

Mount Brown Estates

Mountford Estate

Mt. Beautiful Wines

Muddy Water

Omarino Wine Park

Pegasus Bay

Sherwood Estate Wines

Silver Wing Wines

Small Theory



Straight 8 Winery

Terrace Edge

The Boneline

The Crater Rim

The Old Glenmark Vicarage

The Winemaker's Wife

Third Man Wines

Torlesse Wines

Valmont Wines

Waipara Hills

Waipara River Estate





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. 


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.

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.

Coffee Supreme

Supreme filter station hydrating you with chilled coffee made from Ethiopian sede beans with naughty sweetened milk.

Allpress Coffee

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

Talk Tent



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!




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.



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Chris William

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.

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Bryony Matthews

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.

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Swan Sisters

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...

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The Goldonies

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.