A week­end to wine and dine


Welling­ton’s Wine & Food Fes­ti­val is back with longer nights, more to eat and more drink.

The fes­ti­val, on Fe­bru­ary 19 and 20, gives guests the chance to dine on cui­sine from around the world, with some more un­usual than oth­ers – or­gan­iser Damien Hochberg said crocodile meat was on the menu.

But the event has been set up street food style, and all un­der $10, so peo­ple can take the chance to sam­ple food they might not nor­mally eat.

‘‘That’s what we are about. Let­ting peo­ple step out of their com­fort zone,’’ Hochberg said.

The event out­grew its home last year and has moved to Wai­tangi Park.

The Bresolin, La Boca Loca, Crab Shack and El Mata­dor are among the food ven­dors this year.

For those who pre­fer a wet pal­lette, there will be wines from the Welling­ton re­gion and Marl­bor­ough, as well as craft beer from Tu­atara, Funk Es­tate and Good Ge­orge brew­eries.

The event out­grew its Frank Kitts Park home last year when it drew 3600 rev­ellers and has moved to Wai­tangi Park.

Hochberg said he was ex­pect­ing more than 4000 this time and that or­gan­is­ers had taken on feed­back, adding more shade, seat­ing ar­eas and dif­fer­ent mu­sic for the day and evening ses­sions.

There will be sep­a­rate ar­eas for food, beer and wine.

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