Food Archive - Marlborough Wine and Food Festival

Like any festival worth their weight we have some amazing producers from all across the country joining us at the festival this year, see more below and updates about who’s joining and what they’re cooking up.

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Culinary Pavilion

The 2018 Marlborough Wine & Food Festival Culinary Pavilion has some new features which we are very excited to share with you. These improvements were made to best showcase our region’s many amazing food producers, our visiting chefs, and of course the world-class wines to match.

For you to enjoy this year we have:

Talks and demonstrations area:

We think Marlborough grows some of the best produce in the world and we love to share it with our visitors. To do so, we have introduced Marlborough Local Food Heroes, a series of talks by some of our smaller producers, to learn more about what they do and why they do it. We have also have asked the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival’s amazing food partners to tell their stories, so you can really learn about where your food has come from, before enjoying the resulting dish. You’ll still get the same entertainment value as always at the Culinary Pavilion – just more of it!

Culinary Pavilion Exhibitors:

Always wanted to taste the mouthwatering dishes our top Culinary Pavilion chefs create? Well, now you can. This year, we’ve created a new section within the Culinary Pavilion where you can taste restaurant-quality food prepared by our celebrity chefs.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to sample a range of exquisite food creations from New Zealand and International culinary royalty including Colin Fassnidge, Kasey and Karena Bird, Annabelle White and Nick Honeyman – all in one fantastic setting.
Each chef will prepare two dishes using fresh Marlborough produce from their chosen festival food partner who are exhibiting at the Culinary Pavilion: Kono, Cloudy Bay Clams, Flaxbourne Pure and Regal Salmon. These gourmet treats will be on sale from 11am to 4pm but we urge you to get in early because judging by the menu, you’ll be wanting to come back for seconds.
Our MC

Top New Zealand chef, and North Island import for the day Martin Bosley, will be this year’s expert MC at the Wine & Food Festival Culinary Pavilion.
Martin has worked in and owned award-winning restaurants and is well-known for his exciting cuisine. When it comes to food, he knows what he’s talking about. Martin will guide visitors through each Culinary Pavilion food producer and session throughout the day.

What hasn’t changed

Just like every Marlborough Wine & Food Festival, you can still expect entertainment all day long from the best chefs and food producers in the country.
Sit back, listen, learn and relax while the experts demonstrate what it takes to create world-class produce and then turn it into something spectacular. The Culinary Pavilion will still be situated near the Festival entrance, so you won’t miss it and, as usual, there is no entry fee for the pavilion.

Get in early

We think Marlborough produce is pretty special, so this year we’ve included more local producers in the lineup of talks and demonstrations. This does mean we’ll have a few less seats in the Culinary Pavilion, so be sure to be check the times on the schedule below and get in early, as we expect a full house for all of the sessions.

The talks will be held in the same place within the festival as previous years, near the festival entrance.

Local Food Heroes Timetable

11:00am – 11:15am VERVE FLOWERS


12:30pm – 12:45pm CLOUDY BAY CLAMS



2:15pm – 3:00pm KARENA & KASEY BIRD, KONO


4:15pm – 4:30pm TAYLOR PASS HONEY

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