Over the years, the Waipara wine and food festival, also called the North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival, has become one of the most popular events in New Zealand. It brings thousands of people together to enjoy the excellent wines for which the Waikari and Waipara regions are famous.
What Happens at the Festival
There is a lot going on at these festivals, and if you are a foodie, or love wine, you will fit right in. Some of the many things you can expect to see are:
- Wine Tasting: The main reason people visit from the far corners of New Zealand, and beyond, is to be a part of the wine-tasting festival, where the region’s top wine producers bring out their finest. You can sample Resiling wine, which softly caresses your throat, or the famous Pinot Noir, which has established Waipara as an industry leader.
- Food Tasting: Along with the wine, the Waipara Food and Wine Festival also offers a chance for chefs to showcase their food and exhibit their culinary skills. From traditional food made from ancient ingredients to new modes of cuisine, you will always find more than enough to eat. And if you have the time and patience, you will also have an opportunity to learn how to make many of these foods yourself.
- Entertainment: There are a number of options for entertainment to keep the visitors occupied. As you sample the food and wine, you can also enjoy live entertainment and music. Entertainers at the event generally include both new artists and famous musicians.
- Networking: Most people admit that one of the main reasons they go to these festivals is to network and make new friends. For this reason, you’re likely to see groups of like-minded people talking and sharing their experiences at these highly social events.