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 /
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 /
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 /
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 /