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, regional and Christchurch chefs and restaurants are featured every year to offer delicious fresh, local food that you can match with your wines.
FOOD PRODUCERS HOSTING STALLS AT THE 2017 FESTIVAL:
Tom Hishon - Orphans Kitchen
Tom is a North Canterbury born chef who now owns the award-winning Auckland restaurant, Orphans Kitchen. He'll be returning to his roots to cook foraged venison pies with his mother, sister and brother. The venison is sourced locally from Tom's sister's North Canterbury farm.
Carrot Dawg by Gatherings
A plant based take on the traditional hot dog...
Fresh bread bun, filled with a brined, smoked, then slow roasted crumbed and fried carrot.
Jonny Schwass & the Charcoal Relief Unit
Smoked meats using locally sourced, North Canterbury produce and freshly shucked oysters.
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.
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!
Lovat Downs Venison
Venison pita pockets, burgers, sausages and the 'tender bambi sammie' - all made w diced venison, onion & plum sauce
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.
Horse Shack Food
Manuka smoked and slow-cooked gourmet street food.
The Whitebait People
Westcoast whitebait patties, pan-fried salads or omelettes and pāua patties.
Kung Fu Dumplings
Kathmandu style momo dumplings with tomato chilli and peanut sauce.
Fine foods & organic beverages.
Sweet & Savage
Coffee & donuts. Ohh yeah.
Taste of Eden
Free range chicken and ancient grain salads with local fruits, fresh fruit tartlets and pastries.
2 Broke Blokes
Serving up “thoughtful food”, bringing together a selection of modern NZ food offerings including soba & udon noodle salads with hot smoked salmon, twice cooked belly pork, buffalo mozzarella & walnut balls and more delicious combinations.
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.
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.
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
Mon Cheval Wines
Mt. Beautiful Wines
Mount Brown Estates
Omarino Wine Park
Sherwood Estate Wines
Silver Wing Wines
The 3rd Man
The Crater Rim
The Old Glenmark Vicarage
The Winemaker's Wife
Tongue in Groove
Waipara River Estate
For the last two years, Lincoln University have brought the ConversatioNZ tent 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.
Pockets of music feature in every nook of Glenmark Domain's picturesque setting. The 2017 festival line up included a Musicians' Corner with jazz, folk, and singer/songwriter vibes including Flip Grater, The Goldonies, The Swan Sisters, Lil Chuck 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!
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, pony rides, face painting, ice-creams, hilarious entertainment and everything else that makes being a kid the best.