A day of indulging in the spoils of one of the world’s finest wine and food producing regions is on the agenda for those heading to Ripe next month. The Wānaka Wine and Food Festival is a celebration of the best of Central Otago’s rich culture and cuisine.
More than 30 vendors are already lined up to showcase the region’s best, set against the picturesque alpine lake landscape at Corbridge Woolshed, a stunning 325-hectare rolling field backdrop on March 21.
Guests can imbibe the crispest sauvignon blancs, earthiest pinot noirs – and every varietal in between from the region’s most celebrated vineyards, with the most sought-after food matchings on-site, too.
Aside from the gastronomy on display, the Jordan Luck Band will entertain crowds with a mix of classic and contemporary favourites; world-leading wine writer, commentator, judge and reviewer, New Zealand’s only Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas will host a wine education seminar, and Kiwi chef, dietician, writer, columnist and business owner, Nadia Lim, will give a live cooking demonstration.
Wānaka local and Otago Event Planning owner Nathan White says an event that celebrates the taste of Central Otago has long been wanted for the area.
“Ripe is about the passion and energy for the best wine and food of our region and our country – backed by a deep respect, appreciation and knowledge for the industry.
“Our producers have a deep connection to the land and a passion for the product, and we want to celebrate this while bringing a much-needed boost to the local economy,” he says.
Wine makers and chefs from around the region will be available to talk to and purchase wine from, and people will be able to taste the produce.
Maude, Amisfield, Māori Point, Ceres, Misha’s Vineyard, Akarua and Cloudy Bay are among many of the Central Otago wineries who will be present at the festival, supported by food from the likes of The Stoaker Room, Hawker & Roll, and Hook, plus some local breweries and distilleries ensuring there is something for everyone.
Sunday March 21, 11am to 6pm. Purchase tickets at www.eventfinda.co.nz or via the website below.