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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

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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.tas­te­o­fauck­ 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.ocean­vine­ 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. 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.toast­mart­in­bor­ 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.­fes­ti­

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