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. 

More festival details to be announced in 2017. 



North Canterbury food will be in abundance at the 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. 

Check back here soon for details on the
2017 festival's food stallholders.




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.








Lincoln University is bringing the ConversatioNZ tent back to the 2017 festival which will host 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 – you may get a sample. If you don’t – hang outside to listen to these dynamic duos talk about our food and wine landscape.



Pockets of music will be scattered around the picturesque setting of Glenmark Domain... 

Stay tuned for the full line up announced soon. 





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.