Eat, drink and shop at show with real bite

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Prep­ping is well un­der way for The Great NZ Food Show, show­cas­ing the best in food, drink, in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and “food­i­etain­ment” at Claude­lands Events Cen­tre on Satur­day and Sun­day, May 5 and 6.

Shop for in­no­va­tions, in­dulge in mouth­wa­ter­ing tast­ings and ex­pe­ri­ence a de­lec­ta­ble range of prod­ucts from an ex­ten­sive range of ex­hibitors. From raw treats to sweet treats, there will be nat­u­ral and or­ganic, ar­ti­san and free range choices.

The Heath­cote Appliances Cook­ing Theatre is jam packed full of ex­cit­ing en­ter­tain­ers this year, in­clud­ing cook, food edi­tor and au­thor Nici Wickes, so­cial in­flu­encer, health fa­natic and au­thor Matilda Rice, Masterchef 2014 win­ners, award-win­ning au­thors and TV hosts Karena and Kasey.

Vis­i­tors may­ex­pe­ri­ence the tal­ents of lo­cal chefs Toby El­lio­tyson from Smith & Mcken­zie, Vicki Ravlich Ho­ran from Green­lea Butcher Shop and more.

The Win­tec Cook­ing Classes will have scrump­tious dishes for vis­i­tors to master.

“Th­ese classes are al­ways a pop­u­lar part of the show,” event man­ager Michele Con­nell says.

“This year you can learn to slowly smoke Akaroa Sal­mon, wow your friends with Thai Drunken Noo­dles or Vanilla Scented Snap­per or get the kids cook­ing with their own ded­i­cated class learn­ing Spaghetti & Meat­balls.

“The classes of­fer a guided step-by-step les­son taught by tal­ented chefs and cook­ing teach­ers and tick­ets are sell­ing fast.

“Af­ter the class sit down and en­joy what you’ve cooked with a matched wine from Black Ridge Vine­yard.”

Chefs will go head-to-head in the Green­lea Butcher Shop Mys­tery Cook off. Lo­cal chefs have only 20 min­utes, three mys­tery in­gre­di­ents, nor­mal pantry items, lim­ited equip­ment and their own creative flair to come up with the most de­li­cious dish as voted by the show au­di­ence..

In the Great NZ Din­ing Room. four de­sign­ers from the Waikato will cre­ate, de­sign and set the most out­ra­geously orig­i­nal din­ing room ta­bles, dis­played at the show.

Vis­i­tors to the show vote for their favourite, with one voter win­ning a $100 voucher from each par­tic­i­pant.

A new fea­ture at the show is the “How-to in 15”.

Learn the best way to sharpen a knife, how to make a cock­tail or how to cre­ate a pre-din­ner plat­ter; find out tips and tricks from the masters in 15 min­utes.

Vis­i­tors can re­lax and in­dulge with lunch and a glass of some­thing spe­cial in the Seat & Eat Zone, says Michele.

■ The Great NZ Food Show, Claude­lands Events Cen­tre, Hamil­ton: Satur­day May 5, 10am to 5pm; Sun­day May 6, 10am, 4pm.

Masterchef 2014 win­ners, award-win­ning au­thors and TV hosts Karena and Kasey will be in the Heath­cote Appliances Cook­ing Theatre at the The Great NZ Food Show in Hamil­ton this week­end.

Cook, food edi­tor and au­thor Nici Wickes will be at the The Great NZ Food Show in Hamil­ton this week­end.

So­cial in­flu­encer, health fa­natic and au­thor Matilda Rice will be at the The Great NZ Food Show this week­end.

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