My only regret about this event is not getting there sooner! We arrived in time to watch a chef prepare the perfect pork with crackling and after was a wine tasting session dedicated to the Pinot Noir produced in North Canterbury. Not a bad line up! Well, since Mr M was driving and the tasters were more than generous I was feeling a bit tipsy after! The only thing left to do was try some different wines from the stands, sample the Whitestone cheese stand from Oamaru (delicious!) and ice cream (can’t remember who from as I was a few tasters in by this point!)
I was quite impressed with the festival in general. The parking was only $3 and plenty of it, no need to fight for a space. There was a mix of different people there – families with kids, couples and groups of mates. The weather was lovely as well. Perhaps a little too nice judging by the amount of sunburnt faces!
Ticket prices were worth the cost ($40 each inc booking fee) but only if you go to the demonstrations and presentations. If all you do is pay to go in and just try the wines I would say it’s a bit steep as you still have to pay for tasters. Originally we wanted to book some “connoisseur” tickets which allows you entry and 15 taste tickets for $65. Seeing as tasters were about $3 the connoisseur tickets would definitely have been worth it. I shall remember this for next year! So with tickets being $40, tasters being $3 and full glasses of wine being $6-9 it isn’t a cheap day out. Having said that I think the festival was good value for money seeing as there were quite a few free presentations, which probably would cost a fair bit if you were to purchase them outside of the festival. Food was a reasonable prices and lots on offer. Oh, and we each received a free wine glass!
Food and Wine Fest 2014 is in the diary already!