‘IT’ BAY OF ISLANDS FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
Paihia, October 6 As if the mouthwatering food and award-winning wines weren’t enough of an attraction, this festival runs some of the best foodie competitions around. Try entering the ‘oyster shucking and eating’ contest, the ‘pie eating’ face-off or, our favourite, the ‘kina sucking’ comp. Tickets $78 from eventfinda.co.nz.
OYSTER & WINE FESTIVAL
Matakana, October 7 Oyster farmers from the Mahurangi Harbour will be shucking and serving their plump and delicious oysters au naturel, and pairing them with local wines for a mouth-watering experience at this lively event. Tickets $39.50. Visit oysterfestmatakana.co.nz
A FESTIVAL OF BEER
Blenheim, October 7 Enjoy a lazy afternoon of craft beer matched with a range of tasty delights, including slow-cooked barbecue brisket, bratwurst, pickles and sauerkraut. All can be eaten while enjoying some fabulous live Bavarian music. Entry is free, find out more at vinesvillagecafe.co.nz/events
SHERWOOD ORGANIC WINE FESTIVAL
Queenstown, September 23 Whether you are a serious wine buff or casual quaffer, this event offers something for the entire family with barbecued food, a kids’ area and live music alongside a broad range of wine stalls. Entry includes wine tasting at all stalls and kids are free. Tickets $10 from eventfinda.co.nz.