DIARY DATES

Cuisine - - CRISPY BITS -

AU­GUST

AMER­I­CAN EX­PRESS RESTAU­RANT MONTH Au­gust in Auck­land sees more than 100 par­tic­i­pat­ing restau­rants, in­ter­na­tional guest chefs and foodie ex­pe­ri­ences galore. / heartofthecity.co.nz /

10-26 / VISA WOAP The theme is PARTY for the 10th an­niver­sary of Visa WOAP, with set menus, burg­ers, cock­tails and pop ups held over 17 days in Welling­ton. / vi­sawoap.com /

18-20 / 5TH AN­NUAL FOOD & WINE & FOOD CEL­E­BRA­TION The New Zealand School of Food & Wine in Auck­land’s Viaduct are host­ing events such an ur­ban for­age with Māori TV chef Rewi Sprag­gon, a work­shop on food pho­tog­ra­phy, som­me­lier com­pe­ti­tions and wine­tast­ing and cook­ing demos.

/ event.foodand­wine.co.nz /

31 / SKYC­ITY VA­RI­ETY OF CHEFS Nic Watt, Monique Fiso of Hi­akai and Hay­den Mcmil­lan of Etta in Mel­bourne star at this black-tie fundraiser for New Zealand’s favourite chil­dren’s char­ity, Va­ri­ety. / va­ri­ety­ofchefs.co.nz /

SEPTEM­BER

6-9 / THE FES­TI­VAL An­nual cel­e­bra­tion of art, wine and food on the hill­top venue of Puke­ora Es­tate, over­look­ing Waipuku­rau, Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay. / the­fes­ti­val.org.nz /

8,9 & 15 / PINOT PALOOZA The NZ leg of this tour­ing pinot party is in Auck­land on the 8th, Christchurch on the 9th and then heads to Welling­ton on the 15th. / pinot­palooza.com.au /

22 / VE­GAN VIBES BOPS ded­i­cated ve­gan fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing mar­ket stalls, food trucks, work­shops and speak­ers on ve­g­an­ism, sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

/ face­book.com/ve­g­an­vibesnz /

20 SEP-14 OCT FEAST MATAKANA Matakana gets se­ri­ous about the de­lights on the lo­cal wine and food trail with this in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val from 20 Septem­ber to 14 Oc­to­ber. / matakananz.co.nz/feast /

OC­TO­BER

6 / “IT!” BAY OF IS­LANDS FOOD & WINE FES­TI­VAL Head to Pai­hia for food, wine and mu­sic plus kina shuck­ing, oys­ter-eat­ing and pie-eat­ing com­pe­ti­tions. /pai­hi­anz.co.nz/ pai­hi­aevents/list /

6-7 / CHOCO­LATE & COF­FEE SHOW Chance for Auck­lan­ders to lick their lips with the re­gion’s cof­fee roas­t­er­ies, choco­latiers and as­so­ci­ated tasty en­ter­prises.

/ choco­late­cof­feeshow.co.nz /

7 / A FES­TI­VAL OF BEER

A clas­sic Blen­heim af­ter­noon of both ses­sion­able and craft beers from Marl­bor­ough’s Golden Mile Brew­ing and Garage Project, and fan­tas­tic food in­clud­ing a slow cooked BBQ brisket, bratwurst, pick­les, sauer­kraut and live mu­sic.

/ vi­nesvil­lage­cafe.co.nz/events /

14 / OKTOBERFEST Bands, brews and brats. Welling­ton cel­e­brates Bavar­ian cul­ture with a Kiwi twist. Craft beer, Ger­man-styled brews, au­then­tic food and Bavar­ian bands chas­ing the ti­tle of ‘Cham­pion Bier Band’. / oktoberfest.co.nz /

17-23 / OR­GANIC WINE WEEK NZ’S or­ganic wine pro­duc­ers team up with lead­ing restau­rants across the coun­try to show­case or­ganic and bio­dy­namic wines. / or­gan­icwinenz.com /

21 / FIRST LIGHT WINE & FOOD Head to Gis­borne at Labour week­end for award-win­ning wines, ex­cep­tional lo­cal cui­sine, live en­ter­tain­ment and com­pli­men­tary buses to get you around the wine re­gion. / first­lightwine­and­food.co.nz /

24-25 / FOOD & HOS­PI­TAL­ITY HUI Restau­rant As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand and Eat New Zealand bring to­gether the best lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional lead­ers in food and hos­pi­tal­ity to share ideas and sto­ries to ed­u­cate and in­spire. / eat­newzealand.nz/events/hui /

26 OCT TO 4 NOV TARANAKI GAR­DEN FES­TI­VAL As well as 40 di­verse and gor­geous gar­dens, the fes­ti­val fea­tures a siz­zling event with lo­cal chef­made-good, Ben Shewry, and cock­tails from New Ply­mouth­based award-win­ning Juno gin. / gar­den­festnz.co.nz /

28 / FES­TI­VAL ITAL­IANO New Zealand’s largest Ital­ian street party re­turns to Auck­land with lots of al fresco food and drink, stal­l­loads of lus­cious good­ies and street en­ter­tain­ment. / fes­ti­val­i­tal­iano.co.nz /

28 / VE­GAN EXPO En­joy great ve­gan food, watch top vege chefs and learn about ve­gan liv­ing at at the largest an­nual ve­gan event in the South Is­land at Christchurch’s Horn­cas­tle Arena.

/ veg­e­tari­anchristchurch.org.nz /events-tauwhainga /

NOVEM­BER

1-4 / TASTE OF AUCK­LAND

The 10th an­niver­sary of this fes­ti­val at a new venue on Queens Wharf. Classes, demos, tast­ings and ar­ti­san pro­duc­ers. / tas­te­o­fauck­land.co.nz /

6 / FASH­ION ON FED­ERAL Skyc­ity and Trelise Cooper host New Zealand’s long­est run­way show for the Mel­bourne Cup, loop­ing through The Grill by Sean Con­nolly, Gusto at the Grand, Huami, MASU by Nic Watt and The Sugar Club (see page 73). / fedst.co.nz /

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