Clyde Wine & Food Har­vest Fes­ti­val

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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 / lojo.rico@xtra.co.nz.

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