Mak­ing the most of fine food and wine se­lec­tions

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PAUL MITCHELL

Fine wine, good food and live mu­sic had crowds of peo­ple brav­ing the cold winds to eat and drink their fill at the Awa­puni Func­tion Cen­tre.

The Cen­tral Dis­trict’s Food and Wine Show, on Satur­day and Sun­day, at­tracted plenty of visitors, de­spite some colder weather over the course of the week­end, event or­gan­iser Re­nee Mur­ray said.

The expo had 80 ex­hibitors sell­ing food and wine, craft beer and kitchen gad­gets as well as food trucks and cook­ing demon­stra­tions – backed by a sound­track of live mu­sic.

‘‘We haven’t got a vis­i­tor count yet, but there were al­ways plenty of peo­ple go­ing through,’’ Mur­ray said.

‘‘A few ex­hibitors had to re­stock for Sun­day, which is a re­ally good sign.’’

Mark and Louise Baynes, and their 12-year-old daugh­ter Josephine Baynes, stopped by the show while on a fam­ily day out on Sun­day.

‘‘It was a re­ally nice at­mos­phere. You can tell we en­joyed it, be­cause I’ve spent a for­tune on food and drink to take home,’’ Mark Baynes said.

Baynes and his wife had picked out a se­lec­tion of wines from New Zealand vine­yards they hadn’t had a chance to try be­fore.

For Josephine, it was all about the food.

She’d been around al­most all the food trucks and had found a stall with some great bier­stick sam­ples.

Her favourite flavour of the day was the pesto sam­ples from Levin’s Ge­noese Foods - so she made sure to leave their stall with a cou­ple of tubs.

Carol and Tony Smith had come up from the Ka¯piti Coast.

They were look­ing for­ward to

‘‘It was a re­ally nice at­mos­phere. You can tell we en­joyed it, be­cause I've spent a for­tune on food and drink to take home’’

Mark Baynes

see­ing a live cook­ing demon­stra­tion from celebrity chef Michael Van de Elzen from tele- vi­sion shows Kiwi Liv­ing and The Food Truck.

Carol Smith said she hoped to pick up a few recipe ideas to try with the Wairarapa cook­ing oil she’d pur­chased at the expo.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/STUFF

Kate Mor­land, of Stu­dio Ru­bix, gives a cook­ing demon­stra­tion at the week­end’s Food and Wine Show.

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