New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to enjoy a food and wine festival, with long lunches in vineyards, outdoor cooking classes, pop-up restaurants – and even burger-eating competitions – all set against the country’s famously breathtaking landscapes. Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine food and wine, or just ready to enjoy life to the full, here are some of the leading New Zealand food and wine festivals 2024 has in store.
Hawke’s Bay F.A.W.C: Food and Wine Classic
March 15-24, 2024
Situated in the large and diverse Napier wine region, Hawke’s Bay is known for the exceptional produce that comes from the surrounding vineyards, orchards and farms. So what better way to enjoy it than at the Hawke’s Bay F.A.W.C: Food and Wine Classic – a series of events spread over several weekends and stunning locations, and each featuring a unique culinary experience.
From gourmet picnics in the vineyards to cooking classes with renowned chefs, the Hawke’s Bay wine festival has something for every palate, including fine wines paired with mouthwatering local dishes. While you’re there, explore the film-set charm of the historic art deco capital of Napier town on one of the many walks and tours. You can even enjoy a vintage car tour.
Where to stay
Quality Inn Napier is centrally located and an ideal option for exploring the town’s charms. Close to Westshore Beach, Comfort Inn Westshore Beach is another great option situated near Ahuriri Estuary Wildlife Reserve.
North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival
3 March 2024
Held under beautiful Waipara oaks, the North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival is a celebration of the region’s exceptional food and wine matched with live music and a stunning alpine backdrop. Explore the range of stalls and outlets and indulge in a delectable array of dishes, from delicious dumplings to exquisite seafood, local meats and BBQ delicacies.
Just over 55 km from Christchurch, this area is also a great base to explore the surrounding Canterbury region where you’ll find spectacular coastlines and surf beaches, alpine bike tracks and 4WD trails. Christchurch is the perfect base and a lively cultural mix of restaurants and bars, incredible museums and dynamic art galleries.
Where to stay
Christchurch is home to accommodation options that match every taste and budget, from hotels amongst manicured rose gardens to options in the heart of town.
Wellington on a Plate
1 – 31 August 2024
From pop-up restaurants to all-encompassing food events, Wellington on a Plate has you sorted. Stretching over a month, from the Kāpiti Coast to Wairarapa and the Hutt Valley, this extravaganza showcases creative local chefs, specially curated menus, and unique local combinations that highlight the region’s seasonal produce – including the famous Burger Wellington competition.
There are two types of events available, including one for events that are free to attend and don’t require a pre-purchased ticket so you can simply pay for whatever you eat and drink, or ticketed events that include food, entertainment, and in some cases beverages. Don’t miss out on this premium Wellington food and wine festival!
Where to stay
The Quality Hotel The Angus, located in Lower Hutt CBD, is surrounded by some of Wellington’s finest sights and attractions. Enjoy a meal at the hotel’s popular Angus Conservatory restaurant.
Explore the diverse wine regions of New Zealand at Auckland’s Winetopia festival – New Zealand’s largest and most celebrated wine festival. With over 700 wineries now producing across the country, this brings together wine lovers, experts and enthusiasts for a world-class weekend of tastings, masterclasses, and entertainment.
Enjoy free wine talks and tastings throughout the sessions on the Main Stage, and learn more about the stories behind the wine label as passionate viticulturists share their inspiration behind their distinctive wine labels. There will also be a packed retinue of entertainers, musicians and artistic displays during this spectacular two-day event.
Where to stay
Base yourself close to one of the best Auckland food and wine festivals in modern, spacious accommodation at the Quality Hotel Lincoln Green – a scenic drive from the beautiful west coast beaches and home of the Good Home Gastro Pub.