The wonderful team from Arbour will looking after our VIP guests at this year’s Festival. The lovely Liz has given us a sneak peak of what you’ll be in for.
The beautiful region of Marlborough is geographically diverse from the winding waterways of the sounds to the flat Wairau plains, the mountainous central valleys and then the rugged coast line of the South Pacific ocean along the East coast. This makes our food offering hugely diverse. We may be famous for wine, but our produce is equally as exciting. To ‘eat local’ in Marlborough is a clam bake at the beach, a crayfish sandwich, paua fritters, home made fresh fish and chips or a summers picnic of plums, cured meats, goats cheese, fresh bread and nuts. Pure luxury.
Fomo alert! If you didn’t snap up a VIP pass to the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival this year you may wish to stop reading. This year’s focus is on local producers, including boutique producers you may not find outside of Marlborough. The open kitchen, run by Arbour restaurant will be serving up plated dishes featuring Ora King Salmon, Windsong plums, Origin South Lamb from Flaxbourne station, black garlic ‘hot dogs’ and whipped yoghurt and local berries whilst a team of expert shuckers will be shucking clams on request at the Cloudy Bay Clam raw bar.
In the centre of the beautifully designed space by Betty & Co, will be a market stall featuring some of our smaller producers; Cranky Goat cheese, Kaikoura Cheese, Manaaki pickles and local charcuterie from The Swiss Butcher. At this market stall our VIP guests will also be able to meet and spend time with the producers.
We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the best of Marlborough produce than lying back watching the main stage talent with a glass of Marlborough wine in your hand… a vintage wine of course served from a little retro caravan. Some towns have Mr Whippy serving up cold delights, here in Marlborough we have the Vino Van keeping us cool on a hot day!