Food­ies taste the heat

Hawke's Bay Today - - LOCAL NEWS - By Ruby Harfield ruby.harfield@hbto­day.co.nz

A fiery feast of tasty morsels was a hit dur­ing week two of Hawke’s Bay’s win­ter culi­nary fes­ti­val.

About 40 peo­ple en­joyed 10 hot dishes dur­ing Spice Wars be­tween The Good Ta­ble and Bareknuckle BBQ yes­ter­day af­ter­noon as part of this year’s win­ter F.A.W.C!

Bareknuckle BBQ owner Jimmy Macken said the guests en­joyed a va­ri­ety of stand­out dishes in­clud­ing pork and beans, fried chicken and waf­fles and slow-smoked brisket. “Ev­ery­one had a great time.” Hawke’s Bay Tourism gen­eral man­ager An­nie Dun­das said the se­cond week­end of the Food and Wine Clas­sic fes­ti­val was an­other suc­cess with lots of great feed­back.

“We’ve been lucky to have had pretty nice weather this week­end, peo­ple have been out en­joy­ing food and wine.”

Cri­ollo at Black Barn on Fri­day night was a lot of fun and peo­ple raved about Clearview Es­tate’s Span­ish Fiesta Din­ner on both Fri­day and Satur­day, she said. Any­one who hadn’t bought tick­ets to events could still en­joy de­li­cious meals with F.A.W.C! by 5 for the du­ra­tion of the fes­ti­val with var­i­ous restau­rants and cafes of­fer­ing din­ing deals rang­ing from $15 to $50. “There are some re­ally nice op­tions.” Other high­lights from the week­end in­cluded Un­leash the For­bid­den at Ele­phant Hill Lodge, Tastes among the Tanks at Monowai Es­tate and Salu Salo: A Jour­ney to Philip­pine Asian Dishes at PakPhilip­pine Asian Kitchen.

More than 60 events are be­ing held over four week­ends for the fes­ti­val, which ends on June 24.

The main open­ing event last Fri­day was the Fine Wines of New Zealand Din­ner with Josh Emett, Casey McDon­ald and Alis­tair Mal­ing MW at Craggy Range win­ery. ■ To find out more about what’s on of­fer and buy tick­ets, visit fawc.co.nz.

Prices range from $25 to $275 and events in­clude every­thing from cook­ing demon­stra­tions to din­ners in lux­ury lodges, wine tast­ings, a bat­tle to find Hawke’s Bay’s best toasted sand­wich, and truf­fle hunts. ■ More pho­tos, p16 ■ Video hbto­day.co.nz

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