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Wine & Food Celebration 2017

Now in its fourth year, join us for a fun weekend of all those good things - food, wine, learning and laughter.

We are excited to announce the programme for the Wine & Food Celebration - which will take place over the weekend of August 19 - 21 2017

Over three days, discover the latest food trends, wine releases, transform your skills in the kitchen, and nourish your palate with mouthwatering fare. A highlight will be the #Foodography Dinner where you and a friend can learn to style and snap food shots on your phone. For the foodie adventurer, join our kitchen brigade to bring to the life the Celebration Dinner, this year featuring the Lebanese Cuisine of Chef Samir Allen, and then sit down with our guests to savour the feast.

Our event can be enjoyed in a number of ways.

General Admission

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  • Sunday 20 August: 1pm - 6pm
  • Monday 21 August: 3pm - 7pm

Combine free culinary demonstrations and wine classes with the opportunity to taste a wide range of leading New Zealand wines, their latest releases plus distinctive, aromatic International White Wines. Experts Joelle Thomson and Michael Jemison will offer free wine masterclasses during these sessions.

Detailed event information and ticket purchase is available through our website

Practical Sessions

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Extend your skills in a range of specialist sessions lead by our chefs in the professional kitchen

The tantalising world of food photography will be unlocked during the #Foodography Dinner where chefs and bloggers will share tips on how to style and capture amazing food imagery on your phone. Bring along a friend to sip, style and snap as you build your own creations over 6 courses for the chance to win a dinner for two at leading Auckland restaurant, Clooney.

  • #Foodography Dinner. 4pm Saturday 19 August.  $150 for two people - includes workshop and six course meal
  • Sharpen Up: Knife Skills. 11am Sunday 20 August. $110 per person - includes General Admission Sunday Entry
  • Celebration Dinner - Become a Guest Chef. Sunday 20 August. $135 per person - includes Lebanese wine tasting and four course dinner
  • Feel the Heat: BBQ & Chilli. Monday 21 August. $75 per person - includes General Admission Monday Entry

Detailed event information and ticket purchase is available through our website


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Discover and learn about innovation in the wine world through our entertaining masterclasses presented by passionate New Zealand experts.

  • Discover Sake: 5pm Monday 21 August. $60 per person. Includes General Admission Monday entry
  • Bob Campbell MW: 6pm Monday 21 August. $75 per person. Includes General Admission Monday entry

See our website for further information and registration

Celebration Dinner

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This year, Samir Allen from Metro Top 50 Restaurant 2017 Gemmayze St will create a gastronomic Lebanese menu, preceded by an exclusive tasting of Lebanese wines. This feast will feature an exclusive menu and excellent wine matches.

  • Lebanese Celebration Dinner & Wine Tasting. 6.00pm Sunday 20 August. $110 per person - includes exclusive Lebanese wine tasting, four course dinner

See our website for further information and registration

New Zealand Sommelier Competitions

We will again host the New Zealand Sommelier and Junior Sommelier of the Year competitions on Sunday 20 August. Talented professionals working in restaurants and hotels around the country will put their wine knowledge and service skills to the test. You can observe the fanfare of the finalists opening a bottle of Champagne Louis Roederer as they vie to impress the judges between 2 – 4pm.

See the New Zealand Sommeliers & Wine Professionals website for further information and registration 





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CHEF FINN GYBEL  Originally from Denmark, Finn trained as a chef in leading Danish restaurants before heading to New Zealand with his family two years ago.

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Celia Hay

Celia Hay's fascination of flavoursome food, international cuisines,  fine wine and the art of hospitality led her to establish *Hay's Restaurant* in 1994 and the *New Zealand School of Food and Wine* in 1995 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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