8 great food festivals

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MCD has put together eight great festivals taking place over the coming months. So why not head along to one near you and make the most of the summer vibe!

Wellington Food & Wine Festival: 27 January

This one-day festival at Waitangi Park brings together the best of local cuisines, matched with local wineries and breweries that reflect the best of summer. Enjoy live music from some of the country’s great musicians and food from a selection of Wellington’s top restaurants.

Marlborough Food & Wine Festival: 10 February

Held at the beautiful Brancott Estate in Blenheim, this festival is an absolute must-do for wine lovers, offering an opportunity to sample a selection of world-class wines and fantastic local cuisine. Certified self-contained motorhome and caravan parking is provided from 9 to 11 February for $25. Find out more at wine-marlborough-festival.co.nz.

Nelson Wine & Food Festival: 18 February

Enjoy a great family day out in Brightwater with gourmet food stalls, award-winning wine, beer and cider and children’s entertainment. All funds raised will be returned to local community organisations. Plenty of parking is available for motorhomes.

Whangarei Fritter Festival: 10 March

Who doesn’t love a good fritter? Enjoy a relaxed, fun-filled day at Toll Stadium in Whangarei with great music and a feast of fine wines and gourmet fritters from our region's finest local restaurants and wineries. Certified self-contained RV parking available at Cobham Oval Carpark.

Hokitika Wild Foods Festival: 9–11 March

Take a walk on the wild side at the Hokitika Wild Foods Festival! Along with the usual festival goodies—whitebait fitters, game meats, gourmet sausages, and more—the festival is renowned for its wild treats such as huhu grubs, mountain oysters, crocodile bites, scorpions, and worms. There are a number of campsites nearby. Visit wildfoods.co.nz for more.

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North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival: 11 March

Set under the beautiful oaks of Glenmark Domain, the North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival is a great day out for all ages. Enjoy a delicious range of local wines from winemakers and growers of the region, dig into produce from some of the town’s favourite foodies, tap your toes to live music, and immerse yourself in everything that makes North Canterbury the coolest little wine region in the country.

With plenty of free motorhome parking available, the road to the festival should be on every adventurer’s route this March. To find out more information and to book your tickets, visit ncwineandfood.co.nz

Havelock Mussel and Seafood Festival: 17 March

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a seafood extravaganza at War Memorial Park in Havelock. Enjoy a fantastic line-up of live music, kids’ entertainment, strongman competitions, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of tasty seafood! Certified self-contained parking available at Havelock School.

Bluff Oyster & Food Festival: 26 May

Ok, so it’s not until May when summer is well gone, but we just couldn’t leave this one off the list! Thousands of oyster lovers countrywide will be flocking to Bluff at the end of May to partake in a seafood fest like no other. And it’s not just oysters, but whitebait, crayfish, paua, scallops, and more. It’s almost enough you make you look forward to winter! Certified self-contained RV parking available at just $5 per night. 

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