Clyde Wine & Food Harvest Festival
Wines from the world’s most southerly vineyards will again tempt the tastebuds at the 15th annual Clyde Wine and Food Harvest Festival held in Clyde’s heritage precinct.
This is Central Otago’s biggest wine event, attracting several thousand visitors locally, nationally and from overseas.
This year, 19 vineyards from the ClydeEarnscleugh-Alexandra basin are selling a diverse range of wines including the internationally recognised Central Otago pinot noir, as well as chardonnay, riesling, gewu¨rztraminer, pinot gris, rose´, muskat, breidecker, and cabernet sauvignon. Many growers have won major national and international awards.
The festival offers a great opportunity to taste the subtle differences in the various regional pinot noir wines, as they relate to terroir.
Although our special liquor licence does not allow us to sell bottles for consumption during the festival, visitors can buy bottles and collect them when they leave the festival area.
Traditionally a local brewery is also invited to the festival and, this year, it’s the turn of the recently opened Manuherekia Brewery. Operating from Letts Gully Rd near Alexandra, Manuherekia will sell its crafted beer varieties – wheat, lager, pilsner, pale ale and porter - ranging in strength from 4 to 6 per cent, and made with locally grown hops.
For those wishing for non-alcoholic beverages, the festival also offers freshly blended vegetable or fruit smoothies, fresh coffee, water and soft drinks.
More than 20 food stalls from across the southern South Island will be selling a wide range of foods to tempt you. This includes West Coast whitebait, Italian pasta and sauces, goat’s meat sausages, Turkish and Indian foods, scallops, gourmet burgers, rabbit pies, mussels, prawns, cheese rolls, smoked salmon salads, manuka-smoked egg and bacon butties, potato twists, lamb and venison wraps, cheese platters and fruit tarts.
There are also produce and general markets and, in the historic Masonic Lodge, a cash-and-carry art exhibition from members of the Central Otago Art Society.
Live music this year comes from Les Richardson and his Jazzmen, Queenstown singer Andrea Cruickshank and, from Dunedin, The Valley Bluegrass Band and Sea Beast.
EFTPOS is available in the Bridge Club building just before the main entrance (NB - no ATM in Clyde).
A shuttle bus between Clyde and Alexandra leaves from the Alexandra Visitors’ Centre at noon, 1pm and 2pm, and costs $5 one way. Final Clyde departure at 5.30 pm.
Thanks to not-for-profit, community organiser Promote Dunstan, admission fees for the festival are kept to a minimum. Entry is just $15, or $20 with a festival glass (required to buy wine). High school pupils $10, children 12 and under free. Sorry - no dogs. Further details from Louise on (03) 449 2119 / firstname.lastname@example.org.