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Pinot at Cloudy Bay 2014

September 6th, 10am - 6pm

Now in it’s 15th year, Pinot at Cloudy Bay is a sophisticated and rare experience in the world of Pinot Noir. Hosted at Cloudy Bay’s Estate Vineyard, trade representatives, wine media and Pinot lovers gather to taste and compare 18 of the most exquisite examples of the style from around the world. The Grand Tasting is followed by a sumptuous degustation lunch, prepared by an acclaimed New Zealand chef. Served in the Barrel Room at Cloudy Bay, the meal completes a day of exploration and pleasure. 

International Food Design Experience
(Conference and Studio)

2-4 July 2014, Dunedin, New Zealand

Hosted by the Food Design Institute and School of Design at Otago Polytechnic.
The international Food Design Experience (Conference and Studio 2014) is a progressive forum where chefs, cooking enthusiasts, researchers and designers come together to explore cutting edge culinary arts, and the inspiring stories and creative concepts that coincide.
Attend a wide range of delicious and innovative events and presentations including interactive, multi-sensory workshops by internationally renowned chefs and food designers.

WHAT:                    International Food Design Experience, Conference and Studio
WHO:                      Emilie Baltz; Chloe Morris; Michael Meredith; Giulio Sturla, Gianpaolo Grazioli
WHEN:                    Wednesday 2 to Friday 5 July 2014
WHERE:                 Food Design Institute, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin
AUDIENCE:            Everyone with an interest in food, particularly food professionals
HOW MUCH:         Single day conference attendance starts from $195

WHAT:                    ‘Terroir - A Natural Experience’ degustation dinner in collaboration with International Food                                              Design Experience, Conference and Studio

WHO:                      Chefs Ken O’Connell and Giulio Sturla
WHEN:                    6pm til late, Thursday 3 July 2014
WHERE:                  Bracken Restaurant, 95 Filleul Street, Dunedin
HOW MUCH:          $150 for a degustation dinner including matching wines
BOOKINGS:            Email or call 03 477 9779. Tickets strictly limited

For the full programme and more info, visit the website:  

Waikato Farmers Markets

Cambridge: Every Saturday 8am-12pm
Hamilton: Every Sunday 8am-12pm
Te Awamutu: Twilight Market Thursday 3-6pm

The Waikato Farmers Markets endeavour to offer their customers good, honest, farm fresh products plus value added produce and food culminating in a good old-fashioned, down to earth 100% New Zealand made shopping experience.

Food and Wine Classic Hawke’s Bay

June and November

Hawke’s Bay is host to not one but two major wine festivals each year.  Called the Food and Wine Classic (FAWC), this multi-day event is held during June and again in November.  There is lots of entertainment (even a fashion show), but what everyone comes for is to try the cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah wines for which the region is renowned.

International Sherry Week

2nd-8th June 2014

To celebrate International Sherry Week 2014 we will be offering our exclusive range of wonderful sherries matched with a special mouth-watering tapas menu created by Casita Miro's Chef Logan Coath.  Joining us for the weekend are Senor Joan Farras, importer of fine Spanish jamon and chorizo, and Flamenco guitarista David de la Fuente.

Gamebird Food Festival 2014

May-July (various locations)

The annual Gamebird Food Festival is an ideal chance for you to get together with a group of hunting mates, treat your long suffering ‘duck widow’ to a special night out, or introduce non-hunters to the gourmet delights of game bird dishes.

Dunedin Cadbury Chocolate Carnival

12th-18th July 2014

This festival offers much more than just delicious, creamy chocolate – although this alone would be enough to tempt most.  With plenty of fun family events, a winter ball and plenty of participating attractions, there’s something for the whole family.  The Jaffa Race, where 25,000 Cadbury Jaffas bounce down the steepest street in the world, is a highlight.

The Food Show Auckland

31st July to 3rd August 2014

Many exhibitors have already come on board for The Food Show Auckland and it's sure to be a fantastic event.  From gourmet chocolates to specialist breweries, hand-cooked crisps to equipment and wineries - it's all here!

Selaks NZ Roast Day

3 August 2014

Bring friends and family together for a roast meal enjoyed with a fine glass of Selaks wine on Selaks NZ Roast Day.  Celebrate a great Kiwi tradition by cooking a hearty roast dinner.  For information and to download the free 2014 e-cookbook full of delicious roast recipes, visit

Wellington on a Plate

15-31 August 2014

Guaranteed to spice up your winter, Wellington on a Plate dishes up plenty of delicious food and exciting experiences over a few weeks in August.  With master classes, baking challenges, competitions and over 100 Wellington restaurants participating, this year’s festival is sure to appeal to all senses.

Gisborne Wine and Food Festival


Although Gisborne is probably the most remote of New Zealand's wine regions, it's festival is well worth visiting.  Tickets sell out quickly and it's a great day of sampling the region's great chardonnays and gewurztraminer.  It is normally held over a holiday weekend in late October.  Being springtime, the vines provide a spectacular backdrop.

Toast Martinborough (Wairarapa)


The sleepy village of Martinborough, just an hour north of Wellington, comes alive in late November when the dozen or so wineries get together to show off their wines.  This is pinot noir country; many regard Martinborough as making the finest pinot noir wines in the country.


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