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Ripe & ready


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.


 

Fun on the Peninsula


Summer is undoubtedly dubbed festival season, because what better excuse is there to indulge in great food, tasty tipples, and toe-tapping tunes than warm weather. And the family friendly Banks Peninsula Festival on February 20 is serving up all those crucial ingredients.

 

 

The event at Orton Bradley Park is about showcasing all things local.

The line-up is spread across two stages and features talented music artists The Butlers, Kimono, Delaney Davidson, Deep Water Creek, Pieces of Molly, Volts; MEDaL, Candice Milner and Violet French & The Horrible.

If you’re more of a foodie, there’s something for you, too. The Banks Peninsula Mystery Box Cook-off puts hotshot culinary experts Giulio Sturla (Mapu Lyttelton), Jamie Robert Johnston (Everybody Eats) and Bob Fairs (Alfred) to the test in a challenge that involves, you guessed it, a mystery box of ingredients.

But there’s one thing that isn’t a mystery – the box’s contents are foraged from Banks Peninsula.

Food and beverage trucks include (brace yourself); Greystone Wines, Cassels Brewing Co., Peninsula Gin, Twenty Seven Steps’ Frosé, The Vagabond Chef, Kathmandu MO House, Pita Pit, Indo Tempeh, Fritz’s Wieners, Kimbrella’s Candy, Cakes by Anna, Crepe’s Creation, Berry Healthy Icecream, Lyttelton Coffee Company, Harbour House, Lucky Pig, Richard Till, Sherha Kai, Hummusina, El Quincho, Bomba, Akaroa Salmon, Mauriroa Kombucha, Little Hungary… and more to be announced.
What a mouthful! Get your tickets at www.ticketfairy.com.


 

Music to our ears


Loved local music, food and drink have become a tried-and-true formula for success in Hanmer, and The Bandquet on 27 March shows no sign of diverting from that equation.

 

 

The line-up is a degustation of Kiwi favourites; The Feelers, Jason Kerrison, Kaylee Bell, Sweet Mix Kids, City Limits and the Incrowd.

With a promise of six-plus hours of New Zealand music – from Motown funk to country tunes – you are in for a treat!

There will be over 45 delicious food stalls, serving seemingly endless bite-sized options for you to have in hand whilst swaying to some summer tunes.

The festival also features Hanna Spanna’s Silent DJ Cube and a Kidtopian World… just make sure not to get the two mixed up when sending the kids to play.

General admission and VIP experience are available through the Eventbrite website. Children under 18 can receive a free entry ticket to the festival but this does not include access to the Kidtopian World.

For more information check out the event page on Facebook, or find all details at the website below.


 

Festivities all grown up


Adult musicians – and the musically curious – are invited to join an educational and entertaining festival at the Christchurch School of Music next month.

 

The new Festival of Adult Music Learning will run from September 7 to 13 in collaboration with Adult Community Education NZ (ACE) and its Year of Lifelong Learning initiative.

The festival features a range of free workshops, open rehearsals of all CSM’s adult ensembles, and a celebratory concert featuring CSM’s Adult Music Performing Groups.

Workshops include specific instruments and disciplines like ukulele, community singing, samba band, and West African drumming, as well as more general options teaching some basic musicianship skills, too.

For those who haven’t picked up an instrument in years, or who have been playing solo and are ready to dip their toes into group playing – there’s also open rehearsals to join in.

Or, you can just come along for a listen as motivation for getting back into some playing or singing. It is never too late!

The concert on Sunday September 13 will celebrate learning music as an adult and will feature all of CSM’s adult groups – string orchestras, wind ensembles, jazz bands and a choir.

For more information and to register your attendance phone 366-1711, email office@csm.org.nz or visit the CSM website.


 

Selwyn Sounds announces lineup


Popular New Zealand Music Festival Selwyn Sounds in Lincoln is likely the very first major music festival in the world to go on-sale since COVID-19 prevented crowds from gathering.

 

 

The iconic annual South Island event scheduled for 6 March will next year celebrate its fifth anniversary of entertaining music and festival lovers.

The March 2021 event has a distinct Kiwi flavour this time around with headline act, Australian based Kiwi rocker Jon Stevens rocking it out alongside Stan Walker and The Jordan Luck Band; The Kiwi 7 – Annie Crummer, Op Shop’s Jason Kerrison, The Lady Killers – Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke, Supergroove’s Che Fu, Nathan King; Andy Lynch from Zed and Rodney Fisher from Goodshirt performing their own tracks.

They come together as duos to play hit after hit before these celebrated entertainers take the stage together to perform a set of iconic Kiwi rock anthems exclusively at Selwyn Sounds.

To round out an unbelievable day of entertainment, the Remnants of Hello Sailor and crowd favourite cover band Automatic 80’s will also be in the line up.

“I can’t wait to hear collaborations of some iconic Kiwi rock classics and of course I’m pumped to be belting out some of the best hits from INXS and Noiseworks!,” headline performer Jon Stevens says.

“It will be a sensational weekend and I can’t wait to celebrate and be part of one of the world’s first big music events since COVID-19 shut us down. We are BACK baby!”


 

From garden to plate


A dozen renowned chefs, a mystery box cooking challenge using local and garden-picked ingredients, a bespoke outdoor kitchen and a locally grown ‘picking pantry’, Grow Ō Tautahi Food Ambassador Jax Hamilton is inspiring visitors to look to their gardens to ignite their cooking.

 

Jax will run the MacRae Landscape Design Garden Kitchen over the three days of Grow Ō Tautahi – Christchurch’s free Garden Festival in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens from 20-22 March 2020.

Each day of the festival, four new chefs will be challenged to create culinary delights from a mystery box of fresh, vegan or vegetarian ingredients – no meat or fish – and what they can pick themselves from surrounding gardens.

Visitors will glimpse into the creative minds of professional chefs and take away ideas and inspiration for their own dinner plates.

“You really don’t need a lot of space to grow a few herbs and ingredients that can put a ping on your plate,” Jax says.

“I want to share my food philosophy of ‘straight from your garden to your table’. A lot of the time we don’t know where our food comes from – but with a little inspiration I think we can encourage a healthier approach to cooking.”

Jax will lead the cooking demonstrations and help audiences engage with top chefs from around Christchurch and the South Island.

“All of our chefs will cook in a bespoke outdoor kitchen designed by the award-winning Davinia Sutton – we’re so lucky to have her involved; she has a real sparkle, like so many people around the Grow table.”


 

Fringe Festival


A retro revival like no other, there’s a mid-century trend bringing refined glamour and a flirty edge to 2020 abodes.

 

 

We’re seeing a healthy dose of frisky trimmings like tassels and fringing spicing things up amongst interior accessories, as designers turn away from the traditional minimalism of yesteryear and embrace rich textures and opulent accessories.

While it’s best to allocate several fringed items to one interior space for continuity, you can keep things simple by swapping existing accessories such as throws, rugs and cushions for funky fringed designs.

Feeling brave?

Fringed furniture like couches, chairs and ottomans make a luxurious statement.

You’re free to use your imagination when it comes to the colour palette, but we recommend deep reds, golds, greens and blues for ultimate elegance.

Jazz up your boudoir with fringed bedspreads, wall hangings and curtains – even mirrors are getting a makeover.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match fabrics like satin, velvet and crushed silk for an old-world feel.

Forget crystal chandeliers, tasteful tassels are where it’s at when it comes to luxurious lighting.

From floor lamps to wall lights to hanging shades, creative lighting is one of the easiest ways to quickly transform the feel of a room.

Create flow through your home by utilising luxe lampshades with fringe detailing.

Inspired? Give your home pizazz and its own individual style with the fun fringe factor!


 

Back to the Streets


 

It’s the hottest historic festival in the country and it’s about to get even hotter, with Nostalgia Festival’s line-up preparing to turn up the heat in February.

 

 

Cassels & Sons Nostalgia will showcase an eclectic mix of artists across three stages, featuring acts from around New Zealand and beyond.

Leading the largest line-up yet is multi award-winning and globally celebrated singer, writer and producer Ladyhawke, who will be joined by

  • Lord Echo
  • Troy Kingi
  • Holly Arrowsmith
  • Delaney Davidson & Barry Saunders
  • Tiny Ruins
  • Marlin’s Dreaming
  • Mermaidens
  • Mousey
  • Archer & Flora Knight
  • Skyscraper Stan
  • Ever Lovin’ Jug Band
  • Beacon Bloom
  • Eyes Down Sound
  • Pikachunes
  • Hauswerk
  • MUDD

    – with more acts still to be announced.

 

“The range of acts for the 2020 festival is unprecedented, from the modern soulful roots of Troy Kingi and the Latin disco, African soul and techno vibes of Lord Echo (performing as a six-piece) to treasured artists like Tiny Ruins and Holly Arrowsmith,” festival founder Johnny Gibson says.

The daytime event, nestled at the base of the Port Hills in Heathcote, is unlike any other in New Zealand with its focus on providing a family-friendly atmosphere and exceptional offerings of great food, drinks and craft beer from festival partner Cassels & Sons, with a focus on sustainability.

“For the first time we’re moving into the some of the Heritage Park buildings, bringing them to life with two pop-up restaurants, a bakery and a new performance space,” Johnny says.

“This is all part of continuing to create new offerings and unique experiences for festival-goers.”

www.nostalgiafestival.co.nz

 


 

Summer’s getting hot!


It’s summertime and the living is easy, so we’ve put together the perfect itinerary for what to do in the Garden City.

 

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER

Let’s all celebrate and see in the New Year at Christchurch’s biggest NYE party, with The Edge’s New Year’s Eve Party on Tuesday 31 December, 6pm to 12am in North Hagley Park.

The Court Jesters will start the night off with interactive fun for the whole family and a kid’s countdown at 8pm. Plus DJ Spinal will be mixing and bringing the crowd favourites throughout the evening.

It wouldn’t be New Year’s without a huge fireworks display, brought to you by Fireworks Professionals. There will be some of the hottest homegrown talent on-hand to rock the night away.

To check out the artists, visit www.theedge.co.nz

 


 

 

LAZY SUNDAYS
12 JANUARY – 16 FEBRUARY

Deep South Lazy Sundays have offered us a great way to enjoy the Garden City and this year’s line-up is no different, from 12 January to 16 February, 3:30pm to 5pm.

Put summer into your Sundays by bringing a picnic and your blanket and spending the end of your weekend relaxing in the sun with good food, music and friends. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy what makes Christchurch so special.

Deep South Lazy Sundays venues:

Rauora Park:
Sunday 12 January

Archery Lawn, Christchurch Botanic Gardens:
19 Jan – 16 Feb

 


 

 

INTERISLANDER SUMMER FESTIVAL
BOXING DAY – 16 FEBRUARY 

Interislander Summer Festival promises a fun-filled day out for a group of friends or the whole family. Watch the horses gallop and dash around some of New Zealand’s most spectacular racecourses, with 30 events running across the country.

Enjoy the classic Kiwi summer’s day out with plenty of action on-track and off. Racegoers will experience all day long entertainment while excitedly cheering on their favourite racehorse or relaxing in the sun with a picnic.

The day will be filled with activities galore, including the More FM Kids Go Racing Area, tug of war and sack races for the children.

Live music will create an upbeat atmosphere between races, and local food will be onsite to tease the taste buds.

To book tickets visit, www.summerfestival.nz