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Get your fill of fantastic food at some of the country’s best summer festivals taking place over the coming weeks
Taste of Auckland, Auckland Thursday November 16 – Sunday November 19 The best of Auckland’s food scene will all be in one place over four days. Don’t miss celebrity chefs Simon Gault and Gareth Stewart and Masterchef
Australia’s George Calombaris sharing their secrets. There will also be cooking demonstrations for a fully delicious and educational experience. Tickets start from $17. www.tasteofauckland.co.nz Ocean Vine Hop, Blenheim Saturday November 25 This inaugural festival is all about food from the ocean, wine from the vines and hops in the beers, and all three are sure to satisfy your tastebuds. If you want to pick up a few tricks of the trade, Masterchef New Zealand’s popular runner-up Jax Hamilton will be showcasing skills with seafood. R18. Tickets are $47. www.oceanvinehop.co.nz Central Districts Food & Wine Show, Palmerston North Saturday November 11 – Sunday November 12 This new event has more than 80 exhibitors including food, wine, beer and cider vendors, plus a guest appearance by award-winning chef Michael Van de Elzen. Tickets are $10. www.eventfinda.co.nz Toast Martinborough, Martinborough Sunday November 19 End your weekend with a toast! Food, wine and music are the centre of attention with wines from nine vineyards and food from 12 restaurants at this popular event. There are also more than 15 musicals acts. Tickets are $88.50. www.toastmartinborough.co.nz South Island Wine & Food Festival, Christchurch Saturday December 2 It’s five o’clock somewhere, so treat yourself all day to a variety of wines and flavoursome food. If you want to learn something new, there’s a wine seminar lounge and cooking theatre. Tickets from $48.50. www.winefestival.co.nz